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Building project management capabilities at Azerbaijan’s universities

Release date:
16 February 2021
bp and its co-venturers in the Azeri-Chirag-Gunashli, Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan, Shah Deniz, and South Caucasus Pipeline projects – SOCAR, TPAO, PETRONAS, MOL, LUKOIL, NICO, Equinor, INPEX, ExxonMobil, SGC, ITOCHU, ONGC, TOTAL and Eni – today announced the successful completion of an important educational project in support of capacity-building at Azerbaijan’s leading universities. bp and its co-venturers funded this project as part of their commitment to supporting education and helping enhance local capabilities and skills at all levels.


The project is aimed at establishing project management capability in national higher educational insitutions. This has been achieved  through training three representatives from each of selected 15 univerities who upon completion of the five-month programme received international project management certification of IPMA standard. IPMA - the International Project Management Association is  a world leader in assessment of project managers.
As a result, the participating universities now have their own  teams of project managers who are holders of Certified Project Management Associate certification, Level D – one of the four degrees of IPMA assessment. 

As part of the project a new manual for project managers has also been published in the Azerbaijani language.

Bakhtiyar Aslanbayli, bp’s Vice president Middle East and Caspian, Communications and Advocacy, said: “As part of our support for education we cooperate with a number of national universities on various projects helping them build and develop capabilities they would need to raise the quality of education. Efficient implementation of such joint projects clearly requires dedicated project managers who would be responsible for the overall implementation process including budget management and financial reporting. We are very pleased to see that 15 national universities will now have their own dedicated professional project management teams consisting of internationally certified specialists. This will allow the universities to efficiently manage their joint projects with national and international organisations contributing to the expansion of their cooperation in support of enhancement of the quality of education.” 

The value of the project is 75,902 AZN. 

The project was implemented by the Project Management Association. 

Notes to Editors

Over the past 28 years bp and its co-venturers have supported a large number of major social investment projects. These have included educational and capacity-building programmes, building skills and capabilities in local communities, improving access to social infrastructure in communities, supporting local enterprises through provision of access to finance and training, support for cultural legacy and sport, as well as technical assistance to public institutions.

In 2020, bp and the co-venturers in bp-operated joint ventures spent more than $3.2 million in Azerbaijan on social investment projects. 

In addition, in 2020 bp alone invested over $4.2 million in the country through various social projects. 

This includes bp’s recent 3 million-dollar support to the country in its fight to relieve the COVID-19 pandemic situation. This contribution was specifically spent to purchase overseas biochemical and PCR  laboratories, bring them to the country and install in TABIB’s New Clinics,  also to purchase and bring to the country 100,000 PCR testing sets and associated consumables/reagents and 3 isolation capsules for exceptionally  contagious cases. The donation was meant to help enhance the country’s capability to effectively diagnose and treat COVID-19 cases in particular and strengthen the country’s healthcare services in general. In addition, there was a further over 100,000 AZN donation for the same purpose by bp’s employees in Azerbaijan and a 10,000 dollar-worth Castrol lubricants donation by bp Turkey Lubricants meant for TABIB ambulances. 

In total, to date bp and the co-venturers in bp-operated joint ventures have invested more than $90 million through social development programmes in Azerbaijan.


For more information about bp and co-venturers’ social investment projects please visit bp Azerbaijan site at www.bp.com/azerbaijan


Further information:


Tamam Bayatly at BP’s Press Office in Baku.
Telephone: (+994 12) 525 58 95