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Postgraduate programs enrolment starts on 20 June 202020 June 2020

On 20 June 2020, the Petroleum Learning Centre (PLC) opens enrolment in postgraduate programs available in Tomsk, Russia. This applies to the candidates who have been offered a place to study Heriot-Watt University MSc degree programs in Petroleum Engineering and Reservoir Evaluation and Management, as well as the paired degree program of Tomsk Polytechnic University and Heriot-Watt University in Petroleum Engineering. Applicants will receive detailed information on how to prepare the required documents.

The enrolment process for all postgraduate programs is carried out simultaneously, however, there are several differences for each course. For example, students of the joint program of TPU and HWU apply via Tomsk Polytechnic University, while future students of one-year programs apply directly to the Petroleum Learning Centre.

Although enrolment begins on 20 June 2020, the PLC admissions campaign continues. Those who wish to commence their studies in September 2020 have the opportunity to proceed with their application by 31 July 2020. After completing the selection process, they will be able to submit the required documents.

Nearly 700 people completed the Introduction to Petroleum Engineering MOOC15 June 2020

Designed by the Petroleum Learning Centre (PLC), the Introduction to Petroleum Engineering massive open online course was attended by nearly 700 people from Russia, CIS countries, and Southeast Asia. Most of the participants are senior students who study oil and gas or other related subjects, as well as young professionals working in the industry. The course was held in English from April to June 2020.

In a span of 8 weeks, participants of the MOOC were able to get acquainted with the processes of oil exploration, production, and refinery, as well as to work in an online lab and visit virtual training facilities of a petroleum company. This was made possible by using interactive tools developed specifically for this course.

The MOOC also allowed students to strengthen their English language skills for further training in petroleum and geosciences. Some of the course participants are planning to enroll in Heriot-Watt University MSc degree programs, including the Petroleum Engineering course available at the Petroleum Learning Centre in Tomsk, Russia.

New ways of reaching out to the admissions team5 June 2020

Every year the admissions team of the Petroleum Learning Centre (PLC) receives a significant number of requests and questions on studying the Heriot-Watt postgraduate programs in Tomsk, Russia. To fully and conveniently serve prospective students and applicants, PLC expands its presence in popular social networks and messengers.

The official pages and accounts of PLC on VK, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn remain active. In addition to them, now you can reach the admissions team via text messaging using WhatsApp, Telegram, Viber, Skype, and Apple iMessage. You can start an online conversation about your future studies, get information on your application status, or ask any other questions related to the Petroleum Learning Centre either in Russian or English.

Earlier in 2020, the PLC launched its first official chatbot on VK, providing users of Russia's most popular social network with detailed information on studying world-renowned petroleum programs of Heriot-Watt University in Tomsk. The adaptive menu built into the chatbot allows quick navigation throughout all features of the admissions process.

Petroleum Learning Centre announces winners of the national petroleum championship7 May 2020

The Petroleum Learning Centre, the organizer of the All-Russia petroleum championship OilCase, announces the final results of the competition which was held from March to May 2020 for the third consecutive year. The best teams of participants from Tyumen, Tomsk, and Krasnoyarsk were declared winners of the contest.

The OilCase championship is a contest for developing solutions to petroleum-related cases. It consists of several stages, and in 2020 due to the COVID-19 outbreak, it was held in a completely remote format. Nearly 750 students and young professionals from across Russia and CIS countries, formed in teams of four, pitted against each other. Participants had to present their own solutions to several cases covering the full oil field life cycle.

Three teams from Tyumen State University, Tomsk Polytechnic University, and Siberian Federal University made it to the final, where they were to conduct a comprehensive analysis of a given oil field and generate ideas for the deployment of its infrastructure. As in real life, the teams faced a number of bureaucratic obstacles: before implementing their decisions, they had to approve them with construction, environmental, and local government departments. The teams' solutions were assessed by leading specialists and experts of multiple petroleum companies, including the Science and Technology Center of Gazprom Neft, Halliburton, Baker Hughes, Schlumberger, and others.

Online course on petroleum industry fundamentals to start in April 20201 April 2020

The new season of the Introduction to Petroleum Engineering massive open online course is to start on 6 April 2020. The course, which was developed by experts of the Petroleum Learning Centre, will help students and young professionals to learn about the processes of oil exploration, production, and refinery. The MOOC lasts eight weeks, future participants are advised to register until 16 April 2020.

While studying the course, participants to be offered numerous assignments to perform, which not only helps to acquire new knowledge but also results in getting a certificate of achievement. Besides, students will be able to improve their English skills and widen their petroleum-specific vocabulary, as the MOOC is held completely in English.

In 2020, the Introduction to Petroleum Engineering course will be held for the fifth time. In the past four years, more than 4000 people from Russia, CIS countries, Germany, Spain, Italy, the UK, Egypt, India, Pakistan, and the USA took this course. Most of them were young people from 23 to 35 years old, working in the petroleum industry or getting higher education in this or related fields.

Society of Petroleum Engineers lectures for students and industry professionals24 March 2020

Every year the Petroleum Learning Centre welcomes up to four overseas experts in petroleum sciences who share their knowledge and experience with students and the professional community of Tomsk, Russia. Such events are organized by the Tomsk Section of the Society of Petroleum Engineers under the SPE Distinguished Lecturer Program. SPE is the largest organization serving managers, engineers, scientists, and other professionals in the upstream segment of the oil and gas industry.

Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, all SPE activities are to be temporarily converted into an online format. This allows members of the SPE Tomsk Section to attend even a higher number of educational webinars and workshops held by leading experts from academia and industry. Over 10 online events are scheduled for March and April 2020.

All students of the Petroleum Learning Centre, Tomsk Polytechnic University, and other Tomsk institutions are provided with free-of-charge access to the lectures. To participate in the events, you need to join the SPE TPU Student Section online on the SPE website. Others can attend events through a paid membership for industry professionals.

Temporarily changes to the Petroleum Learning Centre operations due to COVID-1917 March 2020

As of 17 March 2020, the Petroleum Learning Centre (PLC) introduced temporary changes to its operations to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus infection (COVID-19). PLC has begun transitioning to distance learning for its postgraduate programs, students will receive additional instructions from the course leaders. These exceptional measures are being taken in tune with the recent undertakings of Heriot-Watt University in its main campus in Edinburgh, Scotland.

All scheduled face-to-face events are canceled or postponed until a later date, while some of the activities are to be conducted online. Other research and business operations continue normally with the majority of staff are being transferred to remote work. Phones and email remain to work as usual.