On the eve of Novruz Bayrami, a Khoncha Festival dedicated to the forthcoming holiday was held at Baku Higher Oil School (BHOS).
Arranged by the Higher School’s English Language and Humanitarian Disciplines Centre, it gathered 14 teams. Nearly 20 beautiful khonchas traditionally decorated with samani, national sweets, candles and dyed eggs, all of which are symbols on Novruz, were submitted to the festive contest. The khoncha prepared by the team N2 (second study group of the Foundation Course) was recognised as the winner of the Festival.
Within the celebration, other popular traditional contests were also held. They raised a vivid interest from the audience loudly and cheerfully supporting the participants. First-year Petroleum Engineering student Asaf Safarov became the winner of the Egg tapping contest and first-year Chemical Engineering student Farid Taghiyev won a Cake eating contest.
BHOS Rector Elmar Gasimov expressed his sincere congratulations on Novruz to the Khoncha Festival winners and participants as well as to the academic teaching staff and students of the Higher School. He wished them and their families happiness, nice holidays and new successes. The participants will certainly remember the festival, which was jointly celebrated by BHOS teachers, undergraduates and staff members to commemorate Novruz, for a long time.
In the frames of cooperation between Baku Higher Oil School (BHOS), BP and Twenty Eighty Execution company, the opening ceremony of the School of Project Management (SPM) was held.
The event gathered BP and SOCAR management, SPM graduates, business community representatives - AMCHAM (American Chamber of Commerce), BBG (British Business Group), AHK (German - Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce) and foreign guests.
In his speech Mr. Bakhtiyar Aslanbayli, BP Communications, external affairs, strategy and region vice president, underlined the significance of cooperation between higher educational institutions and the leading companies. “At this new stage of the project we, as the executive part, will cooperate with “Twenty Eighty Strategy Execution”, one of the leading international training companies in the field of project management and well-known Baku Higher Oil School. We hope with these new collaborators SPM will gain greater achievements”, said Mr. Aslanbayli. BHOS rector Elmar Gasimov talked about close cooperation existing between BHOS and BP and pointed out the interest of the higher school in development of cooperation with the transnational companies. He specially emphasised that the functioning of SPM at BHOS will open excellent opportunities for every individual involved in business world. According to rector, “Functioning of SPM at BHOS will be one more recognition of achievements of our higher school and we are proud of the fact that future SPM graduates distinguished by US George Washington University will have the opportunity to gain knowledge at BHOS”.
Mr. Ed Hughes Twenty Eighty Strategy Execution Programme manager, underlined the high level of conditions and opportunities offered to students at BHOS. He said that “Everyone involved in SPM will have a great chance to get profound knowledge concerning the aspects of project management, planning and budget control, risk management, quality and leadership in management”.
The speeches followed by the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between parties.
It should be pointed out that SPM programme was founded in 2011 by BP and its partners in order to meet local requirements in terms of managing of projects in line with international standards. The programme, technically supported by Twenty Eighty company together with local partners, comprises 7 modules envisaging the award of master certificate from US George Washington University. Up to now, 1-3 stages of the project have been realised engaging specialists from diverse local and international, public and private sectors. From the very start, more than 300 specialists from 98 diverse organisations joined the programme. Of them 129 people were awarded master certificate, 192 - became the owners of other certificates.
With the support of BHOS realisation of 4th stage of the project has started. On this stage 52 specialists will be trained then BHOS will be entitled to realise the programme independently.
Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to Azerbaijan Dr. Husnan Bey Fananie visited Baku Higher Oil School (BHOS) and made presentation for BHOS students, staff membersç and academic teaching staff.
Having welcomed the distinguished guest, the Higher School Rector Elmar Gasimov emphasized that despite globalisation process around the world, Indonesia is a country that carefully preserves its originality and traditions.
The Indonesian Ambassador expressed his gratitude to BHOS Rector Elmar Gasimov for the opportunity to visit the Higher School once again. He said, “I am happy to work in such a wonderful country as Azerbaijan where nice and beautiful people live, and I am also happy to meet teachers and students of the Baku Higher Oil School again.” He briefed the meeting participants about geography and rich history of Indonesia as well as about cultural heritage of this multinational country.
The presentation covered topics such as development of the Republic of Indonesia as an independent state after it achieved nationhood in 1945, country economic dynamic growth, successes in industrial, social, and financial spheres as well as in culture, education, and development of international cooperation. These achievements, he said, are based on the optimal utilisation of the natural resources including oil and gas reserves, and on the attraction of foreign direct investments. The Ambassador reported that Indonesia is part of the G20 Group, and occupies third place in the world in terms of the GDP growth after China and India.
Speaking about international relations of the Republic of Indonesia, Dr. Husnan Bey Fananie told about the country participation in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), which Secretariat is set up in Jakarta, the Indonesian capital. He also emphasised that there are more than 7,000 higher educational institutions in the country, and the government pays special attention to the issues of education, providing support to young generation and youth’s involvement in the social and economic development of the country.
Then Dr. Husnan Bey Fananie answered the questions of the participants.
SOCAR paid AZN 134 million 471 thousand to the State Budget for February of the current year that is AZN 36 million 271 thousand (136,9%) more than the same period of 2016.
In general, for January-February 2017, SOCAR transferred AZN 262 million 658 thousand (AZN 46 million 776 thousand or 121,7% more than the same period of 2016) to the State Budget.
Besides, the Company’s payment to the State Social Protection Fund amounted AZN 12 million 656 thousand in February that is AZN 1 million 734 thousand (115,9%) more than the payments for the same term in 2016. As a whole, the January-February payments to State Social Protection Fund totaled AZN 25 million 163 thousand (AZN 4 million 113 thousand or 119,5% more than the same period of 2016).
Worldwide known Azerbaijani mugham singer, People’s Artist of Azerbaijan, holder of the Shohrat Order (Order of Glory) Alim Gasimov visited Baku Higher Oil School (BHOS) and participated in the traditional 'Evening With...' event regularly held at BHOS. Members of the master’s family and artists of his folk instruments group also participated in the event.
Prior to the meeting, a video clip about his life and work was demonstrated. Opening the event, BHOS Rector Elmar Gasimov expressed his gratitude to the famous musician for accepting an invitation to visit the Higher School and emphasized that Alim Gasimov is justifiably recognized as a legendary artist of the Azerbaijani culture. The rector told about life and musical career of the outstanding mugham singer. “Alim Gasimov was giving concerts in many countries including Belgium, Brasilia, France, Germany, Great Britain, Iran, Japan, Spain and the USA to introduce Azerbaijani mugham to the world. His contribution towards promotion of our national music and culture in other countries cannot be overestimated,” he said.
Elmar Gasimov reminded that the great khanende (mugham singer) is one of four Azerbaijanis whose names are included into The 500 Most Influential Muslims publication compiled by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre in Amman, Jordan, jointly with Georgetown University in the United States. Speaking about numerous international awards of the famous artist, the Rector noted that an award of International UNESCO Music Prize to Alim Gasimov testified his international recognition as a great singer.
Addressing the audience, Alim Gasimov told that speaking in front BHOS students and teachers was a great honor and big responsibility for him. “I believe that such kind of meetings shall be regularly held in all universities of the country. We artists have devoted our lives to arts and have gained knowledge and experience we would like to transfer to the young generation,” he said.
The eminent musician shared his memories about his youth and student years. He dwelled on his professional growth and challenges in his musical career, his efforts to promote Azerbaijani mugham around the world, and told about his hobbies and interests outside the scene. The great mugham singer answered numerous questions, too.
Then Alim Gasimov and his daughter Farghana who is also a khanende sang mugham and excerpts from Azerbaijani national songs to the accompaniment of the folk instruments group. At the end of the event, the BHOS Rector Elmar Gasimov thanked the great musician for the interesting meeting and presented him BHOS Honorable Guest diploma.
1 mln 989 thousand 636 tons of Azerbaijani oil was transported via BTC main export pipeline in February 2017.
During January-February, 4 mln 401 thousand 899 tons of oil was transported via the pipeline. In general, 325 mln 939 thousand 961 tons of oil has been pumped to BTC since the start of pipeline exploitation until March 1, 2017. In addition, 571 thousand 860 tons of Turkmen oil was pumped via BTC in February 2017.
2 mln 082 thousand 936 tons of Azerbaijani oil was delivered from Ceyhan Port to the world market in February 2017 (1 mln 232 thousand 097 tons of this volume was the oil of the State Oil Fund of Azerbaijan Republic).
4 mln 131 thousand 722 tons of oil was exported from Ceyhan Port in January-February.
In general, 323 mln 966 thousand 321 tons of Azerbaijani oil has been exported from Ceyhan Port to the world market since the start of BTC exploitation until March 1, 2017.
SOCAR (excluding Joint Ventures and Operating Companies) conducted 7438 metres of drilling works in February 2017. In general, during January-February 2017, SOCAR (excluding Joint Ventures and Operating Companies) carried out 18584 metres drilling works, completed construction of seven wells in February and have put 13 new wells into operation since the start of the year.
Just for one evening, students of Baku Higher Oil School (BHOS) turned into theatre actors. For the very first time, they put a play on the stage, which was shown at the Azerbaijan State Academic Drama Theatre.
The performance adapted for stage was based on the two-act play “The Tale of Monsieur Jordan the Botanist and the Celebrated Sorcerer, Dervish Mastali Shah” by a greatest Azerbaijani author, playwright and philosopher Mirza Fatali Akhundzade. Representatives of SOCAR management, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Azerbaijan Republic, Azerbaijan State University of Culture and Arts and other higher educational institutions as well as managers, teachers and undergraduates of the Higher School, and members of the performing students’ families attended the event.
Opening the gathering, BHOS rector Elmar Gasimov emphasized that study at the Higher School is not limited exclusively to receiving high-quality engineering education; BHOS management and teachers pay close attention to the students’ social, cultural and personal development. “Our undergraduates are interested in politics, history, music, literature and arts and try themselves in various fields. They possess versatile talents, and the play the students perform today once again proves that they are gifted young people,” said Elmar Gasimov.
The audience met students’ acting in the famous and popular satirical play with keen interest and greeted with applause. The idea to produce a theatrical performance with participation of the Higher School students was put forward by the Rector Elmar Gasimov and enthusiastically accepted by BHOS undergraduates. The Higher School teacher, Ph.D. in Arts Studies Kamala Mehdiyeva was the performance producer; Stage Director of the Azerbaijan State Academic Drama Theatre, People’s Artist Marahim Farzalibekov was the art director; and Honored Worker of Culture of the Azerbaijan Republic Ilham Askerov was the production designer.
The following BHOS students played the roles: Asiman Sayidzadeh (Monsieur Jordan), Emin Balashov (Khatamkhan aga), Sevinj Gafarli (Sharafnise khanum), Afsane Zeynally (Shahrabanu khanum), Nijat Gasanov (Shahbaz bek), Simuzar Babazadeh (Gulchohra), Zarifa Orujeva (Khanperi), Niyaz Ahmedzadeh (Dervish Mastali Shah), Yashar Mustafayev (Gulmali), and Farhad Gadimov and Leyla Rzayeva (dancers).