News Archive

30 November 2016

Indonesian delegation visited BHOS


Indonesian delegation led by Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Indonesia to the Azerbaijan Republic Husnan Bey Fananie visited Baku Higher Oil School (BHOS) and met with BHOS teachers and students. The delegation included senior managers of a number of Indonesian state agencies and higher education institutions.

On behalf of the Rector Elmar Gasimov, BHOS Vice-rector for Training, Science and International Relations Ramiz Humbatov welcomed the Indonesian delegation members visiting Azerbaijan and Baku Higher Oil School. He informed the guests about BHOS history, academic activity and international relations. Ramiz Humbatov emphasised that appeal of the President of the Azerbaijan Republic Ilham Aliyev We shall Transform Oil Capital into Human Capital has been successfully implemented at Baku Higher Oil School established upon a Decree by the Head of the State.

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Indonesia to Azerbaijan Husnan Bey Fananie expressed his gratitude for warm reception and informed that the delegation members visited Azerbaijan in order to participate in the Indonesian Culture Festival in Baku. The Ambassador showed keen interest to development of cooperation between two countries in the field of science and education, and expressed readiness to provide strong support to such cooperation.

The guests emphasised that such meetings serve to strengthen bilateral relations. Prospects of cooperation between universities of the two countries in various fields including science and education and other issues of mutual interest were also discussed.

29 November 2016

UK delegation visits SOCAR


On November 29, an official opening ceremony of the visit program of the delegation comprised of representatives of more than 25 companies operating in various sectors of oil and gas industry led by UK Special Trade Envoy for Azerbaijan Baroness Emma Nicholson was held in the administrative building of SOCAR. The main purpose of the visit, to run from November 29 to December 1, is to identify the prospects of cooperation between the UK companies and local companies operating in the oil and gas industry and further development of cooperation. During the official part of the event Baroness Nicholson, Vice President on Geology and Geophysics at SOCAR Bahram Huseynov, and Vice President of BP-Azerbaijan Joe Murphy spoke about the history of cooperation between the two countries, current and future projects, and answered questions of local and British companies who attended the event. Afterwards, the attendees watched a business presentation on the changes made to the legislation on the initiative of SOCAR for the development of the local business environment in recent years, business environment in Azerbaijan, the growth rate of macroeconomic indicators, oil and gas industry, current and future projects, and optimisation of resources management. The representatives of the UK Department for International Trade informed on the program objectives and the project being implemented

In the upcoming days, guests will continue to visit enterprises established in Azerbaijan with participation of international companies.

29 November 2016

Baku Higher Oil School Celebrates 5th Anniversary


Baku Higher Oil School (BHOS) celebrates fifth anniversary since its establishment within structure of the State Oil Company of the Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR) upon a Decree by the President of the Azerbaijan Republic Ilham Aliyev on November 29, 2011. The main objective of BHOS is to prepare highly qualified professionals for oil and gas industry with excellent English language proficiency and advanced technical skills.

Out of all students matriculating to Azerbaijani universities with 690-700 points, 11 persons became BHOS students in 2012/2013 academic year, 15 persons were admitted to BHOS in 2013/2014 academic year, and 16 students were admitted in 2014/2015 academic year. In 2015/2016 academic year, 17 students entered the Higher School with a score between 690 and 700 points. In average, BHOS students gained 676 points at the entrance exams. According to the State Commission on Student Admission of Azerbaijan Republic, it was the best result among universities in the country. Three out of seven persons with 700 points, which is the maximum possible result, chose to study at BHOS.

In 2016/2017 academic year, 135 students were enrolled in the Baku Higher Oil School, two out of them gained 700 points at the entrance exams. This academic year, 17 BHOS students with high score were awarded with Presidential Scholarship. In total, there are 76 Presidential Scholars currently studying at the Higher School.

Shortly, Baku Higher Oil School will be relocated to a new campus, which is the largest university campus in the Caucasus region. It is planned to put it into service by the end of the year.

BHOS is the only higher school in Azerbaijan awarded with ISO 9001 (Quality Management System), ISO 14001 (Environmental Management System), and OHSAS18001 (Occupational Health and Safety Management System) standards.

After five years since it commenced its activities, BHOS has become one of the leading and prestigious higher educational institutions in Azerbaijan. This success has been achieved due to innovative methods and modern equipment used for training of highly qualified English speaking professionals, BHOS cooperation with well-known universities and companies around the world, and providing internship opportunities for students to obtain job experience and improve their practical skills in addition to the theoretical knowledge obtained at the lessons. BHOS management also provides all necessary conditions for the students’ intellectual development, social life, and entertainment. Today, Baku Higher Oil School is a higher education institution that has justifiably gained confidence and considerable respect of students, their parents, and community.

25 November 2016

Summer Internship 2017 at BP presented at BHOS


Meeting with representatives of BP office in Azerbaijan, including Recruitment Advisor Mehriban Shikhzamanova, Recruitment Coordinator Sabina Veliyeva and Drilling Engineer Farid Huseynov took place at Baku Higher Oil School. At the meeting, Summer Internship 2017 at BP was presented to BHOS students and teachers.

Sabina Veliyeva provided detailed information about the program, admission procedures and interns selection criteria. She emphasised that BP in Azerbaijan conducts summer on-the-job training for BHOS students for a third year in a row.

Students Elshan Mikailov, Ahmed Gadandarli and Umid Tarlanli told about experience, which they gained during the internship at BP in Azerbaijan. Then, BP representatives answered numerous questions from the students.

In the course of internship and on-the-job training, the students participate in companies’ operations, work with experts and perform various tasks using advanced technologies and equipment. They also attend induction courses on Health, Safety, and Environment policy and procedures. This experience helps the students improve their technical skills and put to use knowledge they gain during their study. They also have an opportunity to learn more about engineering operations in oil and gas industry, safety requirements, and business conduct rules at BP.

24 November 2016

Young Ecologists project implemented at BHOS


Young Ecologists project has been successfully implemented at Baku Higher Oil School (BHOS). The project author is Mustafa Askerov, a fifth-year Petroleum Engineering student from BHOS who became a winner of 8th contest for grants of the Youth Foundation under the President of the Azerbaijan Republic.

During the project implementation, 140 students from various universities of Azerbaijan participated in meetings with environmental specialists and discussed topics related to environment protection issues, ecological problems and the problems solutions. On the final day of the project, a poster-drawing contest was held among project participants divided into teams. Each team was presented with a certain environmental issue and assigned to design a poster reflecting the issue and possible ways to address it. Based on the contest results, members of the winning teams received diplomas.

The Young Ecologists Project was implemented with financial support from the Youth Foundation under the President of the Azerbaijan Republic, while the Student Senate of Baku Higher Oil School provided organizational support to the project.

22 November 2016

SOCAR and Total sign umbrella agreement


On November 21, SOCAR President Rovnag Abdullayev received the delegation led by Patrick Pouyanné, CEO of French Total. Welcoming the guests, Mr. Abdullayev congratulated the management of Total with its 20th anniversary and wished them great success in the future. He spoke about the fruitful cooperation between SOCAR and Total and emphasised the role of in oil and gas projects, jointly realised by the two companies, in regional and international energy security. The meeting stressed that Total has an important position in the global oil and gas industry and is among the first foreign energy companies operating in Azerbaijan and international investors invested in country's oil and gas industry. The attendees noted that high level of successful cooperation between SOCAR and Total continues. Geological exploration and drilling works conducted in Absheron gas-condensate field, evaluation of performance indicators of the field, as well as development of program to start the production serve as a good case in point for this cooperation.

Expressing gratitude for the warm reception, CEO of Total Patrick Pouyanné said they are interested in continuing relationship and see broad prospects for development of cooperation. He said they carefully follow the progress of the projects in Azerbaijan, research new investment opportunities and will continue to invest in oil and gas operations in Azerbaijan. Total officials expressed their desire to make the maximum use of opportunities to participate in other oil and gas projects in Azerbaijan, including the Umid field and Babek perspective structure.

At end of the meeting, an umbrella agreement on principles regulating the development program of Absheron project was signed between SOCAR and Total.

22 November 2016

Article by scientist from BHOS published in American scientific journal


An article by Sanan Eminov, senior teacher of Chemical Engineering Faculty and Director of Training and Research Centre on Renewable Energy Engineering of Baku Higher Oil School (BHOS) has been published in an American «PLoS ONE» journal. The article is dedicated to issues of derivation of biofuel from biomass and is printed under the title «The Highly Selective and Near-Quantitative Conversion of Glucose to 5-Hydroxymethylfurfural Using Ionic Liquids». It is a third scientific article by Sanan Eminov published in this academic journal, which is included in the Thomson Reuters’ list. Up to now, six conference papers written by Sanan Eminov have been published in proceedings of six international conferences.

The «PLoS ONE» is listed by Thomson Reuters as a journal with high impact factor, which reached 3.54 in 2015. It is one of the most reputable scientific editions on chemistry in the world. It is an open access journal, and articles published in the «PLoS ONE» can be used and downloaded free of charge. The journal is one of the international editions with the largest number of published academic papers, with up to 85 articles per day, which makes more than 30,000 articles a year.

(The article can be accessed via the following link:

21 November 2016

BHOS signed Memorandum of Understanding with Izmir University


Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation (MoU) between Baku Higher Oil School (BHOS) and İzmir Çelebi University, Turkey, was signed at BHOS. Welcoming the Izmir University’s Rector Galip Akhan and other guests, Rector of the Higher School Elmar Gasimov said that Azerbaijan and Turkey are connected by friendly and brotherly relations. He added that there is a strong resemblance between two universities. Speaking about development of mutually beneficial cooperation between BHOS and Izmir University, Elmar Gasimov emphasized that signing of the Memorandum would help enhance business relations between two higher educational institutions and their professors, teachers and students.

İzmir Çelebi University’s Rector Galip Akhan noted that Baku and Izmir are twin cities tied by long-term stable relations. He also said that signing of the MoU would be important for both institutions and would allow for joint work including implementing Bachelor and Master degree programs, conducting training courses and other activities.

Then the Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation between Baku Higher Oil School and the İzmir Çelebi University was signed. The agreement provides great opportunities for working together and implementing various projects from scientific and research activities to student exchange and post-graduate programs to organization of conferences and workshops.

At the end of the meeting, BHOS Rector Elmar Gasimov presented the Rector of İzmir Çelebi University Galip Akhan with BHOS Honorable Guest diploma.

18 November 2016

SOCAR launches 35th filing station in Romania


On November 18, SOCAR opened its 2nd petrol station in Ilfov, Romania. The opening ceremony was attended by SOCAR Vice-president for economic issues Suleyman Gasimov, representatives of Azerbaijani Embassy in Romania, Turkish Ambassador to Romania Osman Koray Ertaş, Romanian MPs, President of Romanian TRANSGAZ Ion Sterian, senior management of leading companies operating in Romania, officials from the Turkish Businessmen Association, Azerbaijanis living and studying in Romania, representatives of SOCAR Petroleum SA and local media.

Consequently, the number of SOCAR stations in Romania reached 35. Three counters have been installed at the station which serves four cars and two trucks at the same time with NANO 98, Nano 95, Nano Diesel, and Nano Super Diesel types of fuel products. The station is also supplied with NAR café, with traditional Azerbaijani food and free 24/7 Internet access.

SOCAR already operates its petrol stations in 17 regions of Romania - Botosani, Suceava, Neamt, Iasi, Bihor, Buzau, Bacau, Vrancea, Timis, Ilfov, Cluj, Valcea, Arad, Bistrita-Nasaud, Sibiu, Arges, and Bucharest.

17 November 2016

Ambassador of Germany to Azerbaijan visited BHOS


A meeting of Rector of Baku Higher Oil School (BHOS) Elmar Gasimov with Ambassador of Germany to Azerbaijan Mr. Michael Kindsgrab took place at BHOS. The Rector briefed the honourable guest about activities of the Higher school and successes achieved since BHOS commenced its work. Elmar Gasimov also informed the Ambassador about BHOS international cooperation with leading universities, companies and organisations in other countries. Having expressed his gratitude to the Rector for the cordial reception, the Ambassador of Germany to Azerbaijan Michael Kindsgrab showed a keen interest to development of business relations between BHOS and German universities. The Ambassador also shared his vision of the ways and spheres of BHOS cooperation with higher educational institutions of Germany.

At the meeting, Michael Kindsgrab was presented with BHOS Honourable Guest diploma.