Russian Oil and Gas University Opens Branch in Turkmenistan
A branch of the Russian Gubkin State Oil and Gas University has opened in Turkmenistan, Itar Tass reports.
Turkmenistan will develop vast oil and gas reserves within the next few years, Russian First Deputy Prime Minister Viktor Zubkov said at the opening ceremony.
“It is necessary to supply the dynamic economy with new skilled personnel,” he said.
“Bilateral cooperation in education and science has entered an active phase,” Turkmen Deputy Prime Minister Rashid Meredov said.
The decision to open the Gubkin University branch in Turkmenistan was made at the July meeting of Presidents Dmitry Medvedev and Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov. More than 1,000 square meters of space were assigned on the premises of the Turkmen Polytechnic Institute for the project. Initially, the branch will train prospective studies in the fields of oil and gas well drilling, oil and gas production, and oil and gas machinery.
Ninety prospective students will be trained, and 75 of them will be later admitted to the main course. The Turkmen budget will bear the expenditures.
In addition, 25 prospective students from Turkmenistan will be trained in Moscow starting from this September.
Zubkov also attended a ceremony that bid farewell to 250 Turkmen students admitted by various Russian higher educational institutions. As of now, over 70 Turkmen students are studying in Russia.