Today’s bursary awards will provide these students with an opportunity to improve their technical English language skills through BP-funded 10-month training, which will be a valuable addition to their high-level technical knowledge.
In addition, BP has decided to extend for another year the English-language training course for the previous year’s 27 bursary winners who are currently second year students.
Addressing the award-presentation ceremony, Leyla Novruzova, BP’s Vice- President, Human Resources, for Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey, said: “As Azerbaijan’s reliable long-term partner, BP has a commitment to supporting the country’s educational and capacity-building efforts, in particular in the oil and gas industry related areas.
“Azerbaijan traditionally has always had excellent petro-technical skills. However, as the industry grows and develops there is a demand for further increase and improvement of local capabilities in related areas. BP, as the operator of Azerbaijan’s major oil and gas projects, is very much interested in supporting initiatives and efforts that help the country to that end.
“I am pleased that along with other initiatives BP provides opportunities for many university students to prepare themselves for challenging careers in the oil and gas industry. I would like to congratulate all the 60 students on their bursary awards which I hope will support their plans for successful professional careers in national and international organisations”.
In Azerbaijan, BP’s bursary programme started in 2007 and to date BP has presented its bursary awards to about 400 top students.