In our interactions with local communities we pay close attention to improving educational levels, and seek to achieve this both through charity projects and interactive programs with secondary and higher educational institutions. We believe that in this way the Company can contribute to developing human capital and establishing intellectual potential in production areas that require modern and innovative solutions.

4 Quality education

Target 4.4.

By 2030, substantially increase the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship.

Programs for schoolchildren focus on developing the skills and knowledge that they will need in their studies and professional activity. Career-oriented work is performed for senior high school students, and trips are organized to LUKOIL enterprises.

Since 2000 we have been supporting promising students, young teachers, and masters of industrial training by awarding them with scholarships and grants. In 2017 the scholarship program covered 11 institutions of higher education, four colleges, and one high school in Russia. On average, LUKOIL grants are more than twice the size of a state grantIn 2017 the academic state grant for university students was set at RUB 1,484 per month. .

Support programs for students and teachers in higher and secondary educational organizations in Russia
2015 2016 2017
Student grants
Number of grant holders, people 180 186 180
Amount of financing, RUB million 5.1 5.8 6.6
Grants for teachers
Number of grant holders, people 82 88 89
Amount of financing, RUB million 9.0 9.6 10.3

Note. Numbers for 2015-2016 have been adjusted.

As part of the comprehensive cooperation program between LUKOIL Group subsidiaries and industry-specific higher education institutions (oil, chemistry, and gas), dedicated departments have been set up, the material and training facilities of universities have been increased significantly, and new training aids have been published.

In 2017 LUKOIL CEO Vagit Alekperov visited the opening at the Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas (national research university) of a research and training site, a Center for Supervising Oilfield Development, and Exhibition Areas, which was refurbished with the Company’s support. The LUKOIL CEO delivered a lecture on development trends in global fuel and energy markets and the Russian oil industry, and met the recipients of LUKOIL scholarships and grants.

In Iraq a project is being implemented in Basra, jointly with the Education Department to train young children from the Eiz Eldeen Saleem District on the deployment of digital technologies. Equipment has been supplied to schools and is being used to teach a number of subjects, including mathematics. Currently the program is only available to first graders; however, there are plans to subsequently expand it to the entire primary school.

Family nights in Houston

LUKOIL supports the Children’s Museum in Houston as a sponsor of a Free Family Night event. Thanks to our support, low-income families can visit museums for free and participate in educational programs that acquaint the children with science, technologies, engineering, and mathematics. The goal of the project is to increase the engagement of partners in the education of children and to reduce the impact of poverty on the level of education achievement. In 2017 a record number, over 100,000, visited the Free Family Night event.