RGU forges links with Russian University

Research directors have signed an international cooperation agreement with Russia’s principal oil and gas university.

Gubkin University agreementThe agreement, which has been signed with Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas, marks the beginning of a proposed ongoing relationship that will see the two institutions establish areas of joint research and opportunities for staff and student exchanges.

Professor Susan Craw of RGU’s Research Institute for Innovation, Design & Sustainability (IDEAS) and Professor Cherry Wainwright of the Institute for Health and Welfare Research (IHWR) signed the agreement following an exploratory visit of Gubkin’s facilities from 20 to 23 March. This was the most recent in a series of visits made by RGU officials to the Moscow-based University since early 2011.  

As directors of their respective research institutes, Professors Craw and Wainwright lead in the development and implementation of research and knowledge exchange strategies from within RGU, through to establishing global level partnerships.

During their tour of Gubkin, the directors met with their counterparts at six of the university’s research departments in which potential areas of collaborative research were identified including: Nanotechnology; Occupational Health; Digital Technology; Environmental science; Oil and Gas Drilling; and Inorganic Chemistry.

In addition to identifying collaborative research areas, discussions focused on exchange opportunities for masters students, doctoral students, researchers and faculty members plus the possibility of establishing common or joint supervision of doctoral theses.

Moving forward, an initial plan to implement and further explore these opportunities has been established. The months leading up to November 2012 will see research teams at both RGU and Gubkin settle on the full specifications of areas of research. This will involve further two-way visits between the two universities. While in Aberdeen, the Russian delegates will meet with key members of IHWR and IDEAS, and the Schools of Engineering, Computing and Pharmacy & Life Sciences.

Commenting on the agreement with Gubkin, Professor Craw said: “This is a very exciting collaboration that merges the research strengths of RGU and Gubkin targeting the Energy sector. The focus in IDEAS is on novel technologies for enhanced recovery of oil and gas, intelligent anomaly detection and asset monitoring, and smart environmental sensors and tracers. We look forward to advancing these ideas in partnership with Gubkin University.”

Professor Wainwright added: “I am very enthusiastic about the opportunity to engage in this collaboration with Gubkin. Being based in Aberdeen, occupational health within the Oil and Gas sector is an important focus for our research, and by working in collaboration with Gubkin this provides an unprecedented opportunity to study important health and wellbeing issues in two different geographical locations.

“In addition, our expertise in the pharmaceutical and chemical sciences bears some remarkable similarities to the chemistry relevant to oil and gas, and therefore offers the opportunity to explore novel approaches in both areas.”

Since its establishment 80 years ago, Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas has developed a wide research capacity across its nine faculties in disciplines as wide ranging as geology, mechanical engineering, computer science, economics, humanities and law. The university is particularly well known for being Russia’s principal higher education institution of petroleum engineering, with many of its R&D efforts leading to the development of new methods of exploration, production, transportation, refining and processing of hydrocarbons. 

Professor Alexsandr Muradov, Pro-rector of Research and Development at Gubkin, signed the agreement from the Russian university’s side. He commented: “We need a strong partner for international research projects. Cooperation with leading universities around the world will create innovative technology for the development of strategic resources of the Russian Arctic shelf. Key aspects of such projects are the industrial safety of well drilling and environmental safety of underwater pipelines.”

Notes to editors:

  • The Institute for Health and Welfare Research is a multi-disciplinary research centre that focuses its activities on addressing major issues around the diagnosis and prevention of illness, and the treatment, care and welfare of patients. Researchers are currently carrying out pioneering cross-disciplinary work in areas including diabetes, heart disease, chronic back pain and bereavement.

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Andrew Youngson
Communications Officer | Faculty of Health and Social Care
Robert Gordon University
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