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Sakhalin Energy Announced the Winners of the Scholarship Programme

Yana Kim from Nadezhda Liceum in Kholmsk, Nelly Gorbunova from Korsakov’s Secondary School No.4, Semyon Vybornov from Troitskoye (Polytechnic College of Sakhalin State University) and Boris Duschenko (Liceum No.2), Andrey Rusetskiy (Secondary School No.3) and Timur Samatov (Gymnasium No. 3) from Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk were announced as the winners of the 2020 Scholarship Programme.

Starting from 2003, the сompany holds an annual contest as part of Scholarship Programme for the graduates of Sakhalin Oblast secondary schools and specialised secondary educational establishments to acquire higher technical education in oil and gas industry and in allied sectors. Over the years, more than 270 Sakhalin residents have taken part in the competitive selection, 143 of which have received grants to study at the top education institutions in Russia.

According to the established tradition, the contest stages included writing an essay, going through an interview, project presentation, English language testing as well as professional testing to evaluate participant’s analytical skills. The last stage is a new one, it was added this year. The contest format has also been changed. Due to a raging COVID-19 pandemic, the company management took a decision to hold a contest remotely.

“The task to change the contest format and to hold it remotely fell on the HR Talent and Development Group. To ensure equity and unbiased appraisal, contest committee has been established comprising representatives of the Production, Technical and HR directorates. Special focus was given to technical aspects - the participants were from different locations and it was important for us that each of them had a robust communication. In short, the contest was preceded by scrupulous preparatory work. This made it possible to run the event smoothly”, said Elena Ilkina, specialist of Talent Management Subdivision of Sakhalin Energy.

The total of 16 applications were submitted. The winners (six students) were determined based on scores from each stage of the contest. The jury also considered the participants’ personal qualities: leadership skills, out-of-box thinking and quick and effective decision making.

The students now have to decide on which of the core Russian oil and gas universities to choose. Among the universities are the Kazan Federal University, the Tyumen Industrial University, the Gubkin Oil and Gas University, the Saint-Petersburg Mining University, the Lomonosov Moscow State University and the Far Eastern Federal University.

“It was my first time of entering such a serious event. The project made only positive impressions. What I found most valuable was the opportunity to communicate with competent specialists who have a wealth of knowledge to share. Now I’m considering several universities to apply, but in fact, it is not a matter of principle for me. The main thing is to get a quality education”, said Semyon Vybornov, one of the winners of the contest.

Successful entry to university and diligence grant the programme participants the right to receive an annual scholarship for all years of study. In addition, students may have their internship located within Sakhalin Energy production facilities.

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22 June 2020

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