The new academic year has already started for some students of Tomsk Polytechnic University. These are master students enrolled in unique programs implemented by TPU jointly with one of the world’s leading petroleum universities – Heriot-Watt University (UK). They tend to start their studies earlier than other students. During a year, they will study Petroleum Engineering and Reservoir Evaluation and Management. In 2019, over 1,000 applications have been submitted to the programs jointly delivered with Heriot-Watt. Applicants of the programs became graduates of leading Russian oil and gas universities.
Petroleum Learning Centre was established in 2001 as a joint project of TPU and Heriot-Watt. Currently, several master’s programs in petroleum engineering are being implemented here. The academic process is fully implemented in English: lectures, examinations, and defense of research projects are delivered in the foreign language. Students are taught by the faculty from both Tomsk Polytechnic University and Heriot-Watt. Graduates of the programs are awarded double degree diplomas.
The admission campaign to Heriot-Watt master programs in Tomsk took place from 1 November 2018 until the end of July 2019. Everyone could participate in career forums and presentations, open lectures of Russian and foreign experts in petroleum engineering and geology, interactive business games and quizzes, the online course Introduction to Petroleum Engineering and the All-Russian championship OilCase. The events of the admission campaign were attended by over 3,000 people from the whole country.
Evgeniy Bazarkin, an admission officer at the Petroleum Learning Centre says:
‘Every year we hold many events. This year, we held both offline and online events in 10 cities. We update our event program and introduce new communication channels with our applicants. This makes it possible for everyone to learn about the centre and opportunities to get a British petroleum degree in Russia via game activities as well as communicate with Heriot-Watt graduates.’
The admission office considered over 1,000 applications. Candidates from Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Tomsk, Ufa, Tyumen, Kazan, and Samara showed the greatest interest in the programs. They are the graduates from universities such as the Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas, Moscow State University, St. Petersburg Mining University, Tomsk Polytechnic University, Tyumen Industrial University, Samara State Technological University, Ufa State Petroleum Technical University, and Kazan Federal University.
The most candidates were admitted online: they could fill in an application form, take an English test, and have an interview via the Internet at any time.
Valery Rukovishnikov, Director of TPU Petroleum Learning Centre, notes:
‘The online format of entrance examinations allows us to reach residents from all over Russia: our applicants come from over 100 cities. The multi-stage assessment procedure helps to select the best graduates and young specialists who will be in demand among our partners.’