St Petersburg University has recently held Rosneft Day, a professional orientation and image-building event during which students became acquainted with the activities of the company that is the leader in the Russian oil industry and the largest public oil and gas corporation in the world.

The highlight of the event was the case championship.  Teachers from the University’s Graduate School of Management and its Institute of Earth Sciences, along with experts from the company, proposed that the participants take on the practical problem of developing prospective oil fields, based on the established market conditions and worldwide trends toward a transition to ‘green energy’.  Students from the ‘Management’, ‘Public Administration’, ‘Petroleum Engineering’, and ‘Geology’ programmes joined forces to form ten cross-functional teams that tried to develop a solution to this problem.

The winners of the case championship will receive 15 personal scholarships of 360,000 roubles each.  They are the following:  Irina Vasileva, Dmitrii Sharaev, Sergei Afonasenko, Artem Chazov, Aleksei Artemenko, Lidiia Semenova, Alsu Alieva, Polina Zherebchikova, Aleksandra Kulieva, and Eevgeniia Balavina from the Petroleum Engineering and Geology programmes. Among the budding managers are: Kirill Kartasidi, Gleb Iliushkin, Kseniia Isaeva, Maksim Lopatin-Lanskoi and Ekaterina Biliaeva.

Rosneft is a long-standing partner of St Petersburg University.  Igor Sechin, Chief Executive Officer and Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors of Rosneft, is a graduate of the University.  He is also a member of the St Petersburg University Board of Trustees and the Board of Trustees of its Graduate School of Management.

‘The rapid changes of today’s world have become an integral part of all processes at any company,’ noted Konstantin Krotov, Head of the Graduate School of Management at St Petersburg University.  ‘Cases like this give students an opportunity to take up such a challenge while they are still undergraduates and to come up with a quality solution in a short period of time.  We are grateful to Rosneft for its contribution to the development of future leaders.  Our business school is always open to cooperation aimed at training the future managers of leading Russian and international companies.’

During this event, which was held on the University’s Mikhailovskaya Dacha campus, Aleksandr Mitreikin, Deputy Director of the Department of Research, Technological Development and Innovation at Rosneft, told students about the company’s key areas of development – mobile high-tech solutions, Arctic expeditions, international initiatives in sustainable development and many more.