Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas

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Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas
Росси́йский госуда́рственный университе́т не́фти и га́за и́мени И. М. Гу́бкина
Established17 April 1930
PresidentViktor Georgievich Martynov
RectorViktor Georgievich Martynov
Leninski Prospect 65

55°41′31″N 37°33′19″E / 55.692028°N 37.555325°E / 55.692028; 37.555325
University rankings
Regional – Overall
QS Emerging Europe and Central Asia[1]197 (2022)

The Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas (Russian: Российский государственный университет нефти и газа имени И. М. Губкина) is a public university in Moscow, Russia. The university was founded in 1930 and is named after the geologist Ivan Gubkin. The university is colloquially known as Kerosinka (Russian: Керосинка), meaning 'kerosene stove'.

During the Soviet period, the university, along with the Moscow State University of Railway Engineering, was known for admitting students of Jewish origin while other universities unofficially barred Jewish students.

Affiliates of the Gubkin institute exist in Orenburg and Tashkent (Uzbekistan).


In 1918, the Moscow Mining Academy was founded, which became a prominent institution for education and training in various fields related to oil. Initially, the Mining Faculty at the academy was responsible for providing education and training in oil and field specialties. However, in 1929, the rector of the academy, Ivan Gubkin, took a significant step by establishing the dedicated Oil Faculty. This new faculty served as the foundation for the subsequent establishment of the Oil Institute.

During the period of 1930 to 1935, the industrialization process in the USSR necessitated the education and development of a substantial number of engineering and technical experts, with a significant increase from 66,000 individuals in 1929 to approximately 435,000 specialists.

In the year 1930, the Supreme Soviet of the National Economy (VSNKh of the USSR) devised a comprehensive list of professional disciplines within the engineering and technical sectors specifically tailored for the oil industry. These specialized areas encompassed a diverse range of fields including petroleum geology, drilling techniques, effective field exploitation strategies, gas utilization methods, proficient oil and derivative pumping techniques, efficient oil distillation processes, advanced cracking and chemical refining methods, as well as the intricate economics and financial aspects relevant to the oil industry.

Moscow Petroleum Institute[edit]

On April 18, 1930, Ivan Gubkin issued order number 1 to establish the faculties of geology and oil exploration, field-mechanical, and oil refining at the Moscow Petroleum Institute. Nikolai Samostrelov was appointed Deputy Director, Sergei Fedorov became the Head of the Faculty of Geology and Oil Exploration, Joseph Gurevich became the Head of the Faculty of Oil Refining, and Nikolai Titkov became the Head of the Field and Mechanical Faculty.

In May, enrollment for all departments started, with 240 students being admitted for the first course. By May 17, the total number of students had risen to 600. In September 1930, another round of admissions took place. Two new specialties, "Oil Transportation and Storage" and "Oilfield Engineering," were established in 1933. In 1935, the Department of Mineralogy and Crystallography was restructured into the Department of Petrography of Sedimentary Rocks.

In 1936, the Main Department of Higher and Secondary Technical Educational Institutions (called GLAVTUZ) of the People's Commissariat of Heavy Industry, made revisions to the educational programs. The Institute incorporated sections dedicated to highlighting the accomplishments of Stakhanovites in different areas of the oil industry across all 66 specialized subjects. The newly developed curricula were granted approval by the All-Union Committee for Higher Education (VKVSH) on May 28, 1938.

Since 1938, educational establishments have been mandated by the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union to dedicate a substantial amount of time, ranging from 520 to 690 hours, towards the study of social sciences. This allocation of hours exceeds the previous requirement set in 1935, which dictated a mere 272 hours for this subject matter. Moreover, a notable change has been introduced in the organizational structure, whereby a unified department encompassing the fundamentals of Marxism-Leninism has been established. This new department replaces the previously existing segregated departments that solely focused on Party history, Leninism, dialectical studies, and historical materialism.

By 1935, the Institute had established 16 laboratories in 40 rooms. It was also the first oil university in the country to have a laboratory dedicated to oilfield mechanics, led by mining engineer D.Z. Lozinsky and supervised by Professor Leonid Leibenson. Additionally, the Institute had 26 classrooms and a museum of mineralogy and petrography that was created with the help of Professor L.V. Pustovalov.

The educational process at that time was greatly supported by various workshops such as mechanical, carpentry, and glassblowing. Additionally, the library played a crucial role in providing resources for students and staff, ensuring a constant supply of new materials. In fact, in 1937, the library expanded its collection by incorporating the extensive department of foreign scientific literature on the oil industry from the former Glavneft. As a result, the library became even more valuable in terms of its educational offerings. By the time the Great Patriotic War began, the educational library boasted an impressive collection of 72,100 volumes, reflecting its dedication to promoting knowledge and learning.

As of November 1, 1933, a significant percentage of young specialists were employed in the oil industry enterprises. Specifically, 75% of these specialists were working in the oil industry, while 80% were employed in the oil refining sector. During the period from 1924 to 1930, the Moscow Mining Academy successfully graduated 40 individuals who specialized in the field of oil. Additionally, the Oil Institute played a crucial role in contributing to the nation's engineering workforce during the first five-year plan, as it produced a total of 289 engineers within a three-year span. It is worth mentioning that oil specialists were trained in three higher educational institutions located in Moscow, Grozny, and Baku, as well as in seven technical schools throughout the USSR.

In 1936, at the directive of director Alexander Nikishin, an expansive training derrick was constructed within the confines of the institute's courtyard. This impressive structure served as a fully functional classroom, catering to the educational needs of aspiring oilfield mechanics, apparatus technicians, and interpreters, among other disciplines. Furthermore, the institute boasted a state-of-the-art geophysical station, equipped with cutting-edge instruments for comprehensive well research. Remarkably, prior to the outbreak of the Great Patriotic War, the institute successfully completed the drilling of a pilot well, reaching a staggering depth of 800 meters.

In 1940, a total of 1619 engineers successfully completed their education at the institute. Among these graduates, there were 328 individuals who specialized in geological engineering, 243 who focused on field engineering, 526 who pursued process engineering, and 191 who specialized in economic engineering.

On October 1, 1941, there were a total of 819 students at the institute. Around 300 of them departed on October 16 in a foot column for evacuation. Additionally, approximately 150 students, who either weren't informed or couldn't leave on foot, opted for rail transportation. About 100 students chose to remain in Moscow for various reasons, while the remaining students primarily joined the front lines. Some were already engaged in practical work at enterprises and expeditions when the war began. Among the 117 professors and teachers, 48 chose to evacuate with the institute, 54 resigned, and 14 joined the people's militia.

The Institute in Ufa was established on August 15, 1942. In the second semester of the 1942-1943 academic year, new departments were created due to the increased workload and the introduction of new specialties. The Department of General Chemistry was divided into the Department of General and Analytical Chemistry and the Department of Physical and Colloidal Chemistry, according to the VKVSH order issued on March 31, 1943. Associate Professor G. M. Panchenkov was assigned to oversee the latter department. Both Ufa and Moscow successfully concluded the second military academic year.

In 1956, the Institute embarked on a mission to establish a series of training and consulting centers in the primary oil and gas regions of the country. These regions included Tatarstan, Bashkortostan, Turkmenistan, and Komi. The primary objective behind the establishment of these centers was to provide educational opportunities for individuals interested in the field of oil and gas. To cater to the needs of working professionals, the classes at these centers were conducted through a correspondence education program, allowing individuals to study at their own pace and convenience. As the demand for education in the oil and gas industry grew, the Institute took it a step further by opening evening faculties based on these centers, providing individuals with even more flexibility in pursuing their education while managing their professional commitments.

Moscow Institute of Petrochemical and Gas Industry[edit]

On July 25, 1958, a significant decision was made by the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU) and the Council of Ministers of the USSR. In accordance with Decree number 795, an educational institution, known as the Moscow Order of the Red Banner of Labor Oil Institute, was granted a new and more encompassing identity. Henceforth, it would be recognized as the Moscow Order of the Red Banner of Labor Institute of Petrochemical and Gas Industry (MINKhIGP), paying tribute to the academician Ivan Gubkin. This renaming symbolized the institution's expanded focus on not only the oil industry but also the rapidly emerging and vital field of petrochemical and gas technology.

The Minister of Higher Education of the USSR issued an order on January 3, 1959, transforming the branch of the correspondence faculty of MINH and GP in Almetyevsk into the Tatar evening faculty. This new faculty was established in Almetyevneft with branches in Bugulma and Leninogorsk. Similar evening faculties were also established in Salavat, Omsk, Nebit-Dag, and Ukhta. The branch in Leninogorsk was later reorganized into a general technical faculty, offering evening and correspondence education. Additionally, an evening faculty was opened in Moscow.

In 1961, the institute's directorate became a rectorate, with Professor Kuzma Zhigach serving as the first rector. In August 1962, Associate Professor V. N. Vinogradov took over as the institute's rector.

The Department of Gas and Gas Condensate Fields Development of the Gas and Oil Production Faculty has pioneered a groundbreaking scientific field known as the industrial utilization of solid hydrocarbons. This novel research direction aims to explore the potential applications and benefits of solid hydrocarbons in various industries. With this innovative approach, the department seeks to revolutionize the way we utilize and harness the energy potential of solid hydrocarbons, opening up new possibilities for industrial development and sustainability.

In 1977, the Institute embarked on a groundbreaking initiative to establish an innovative model of organizing the educational process. This involved the creation of student educational and scientific research complexes, which integrated the realms of education, production, and science. These complexes aimed to fuse theoretical knowledge with practical application by allowing students to actively engage in research activities within factory workshops and laboratories. Furthermore, these research endeavors were conducted in collaboration with various plants and research institutes, utilizing cutting-edge production and scientific equipment. The outcomes of these research projects held significant value as they were extensively incorporated into the educational curriculum.

Moscow Institute of Oil and Gas[edit]

On the 18th of December in the year 1985, a significant change took place as the Institute underwent a transformation and was given a new identity, now known as the Moscow Institute of Oil and Gas (MING).

In the year 1989, the Institute took a significant step forward by establishing a cooperative research consulting center known as "Neftegazservice". This center played a crucial role in conducting various activities such as prospecting, research, development, design, implementation, commercialization, and intermediation related to the Institute's subjects. Simultaneously, the Institute also initiated the creation of a reference and information fund, commonly referred to as RIF, which focused on addressing issues concerning higher education. This fund was organized in a microfiche format, providing a comprehensive collection of relevant materials and resources.

The State Academy of Oil and Gas[edit]

The Institute underwent a significant change on May 7, 1991, when it was rebranded as the State Academy of Oil and Gas, commonly referred to as GANG.

As a result of the overall decline in the state of Russian higher education in 1992, the Academy found itself in a precarious position with regards to the continuation of important scientific research. Over the course of 1992-1993, a significant number of 109 teachers decided to leave the university, citing a range of factors contributing to their departure. It is worth noting that 72 of these individuals were of a relatively young age, indicating a potential loss of promising talent. Additionally, the Academy experienced a substantial decrease in the number of researchers, with nearly 500 individuals leaving their positions during this time period. Unfortunately, the specific source for this information could not be identified, but it serves as a stark reminder of the challenging circumstances faced by the institution.

Given these circumstances, the rectorate has gone to great lengths to maintain and safeguard the integrity of scientific and pedagogical institutions, ensuring that the educational process and research endeavors of faculty members are supported with the essential resources, including teaching materials, laboratory facilities, and technical equipment.

In 1997, a new role known as the Vice-Rector for Information Technologies was introduced. This position was filled by V.V. Sidorov, who at the time was the Head of the Department of Informatics and an Associate Professor. Later on, Professor A.S. Lopatin took over the responsibilities of leading this area of work. Alongside this development, the Center for Information Technologies and Distance Education, also known as CIT&EDO, was established during the same period. The center was headed by Associate Professor A.P. Pozdnyakov and A.Yu. Khodychkin. Within the center, various departments and sectors were formed, including the Department of Information Technologies, the sectors dedicated to distance education and the development of training programs and complexes, and the laboratory specifically focused on computer technologies in the field of education.

Russian State University of Oil and Gas[edit]

In August 1998, the Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation issued an order to change the name of the Academy to Russian State University of Oil and Gas (RSUOG). At this point in time, the University boasted an impressive 59 departments and employed a total of 930 teachers.

In 2008, Professor Viktor Martynov was chosen as the rector of Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas. This appointment marked a significant milestone in his career, as he assumed the leadership role of a renowned institution dedicated to the study and advancement of oil and gas exploration and production. With his impressive credentials and extensive experience in the field, Professor Martynov was deemed the ideal candidate to guide the university towards new heights of excellence and innovation in the ever-evolving energy sector. The university's extensive collection of scientific and pedagogical knowledge, which has been built up over a significant period of time, enabled it to attain the esteemed title of "national research university". This prestigious recognition was granted to the university by the decree of the Russian Federation's Government on the 20th of May, 2010.

In 2011, a monument was unveiled near the university to celebrate Gubkin's 140th birthday.

Three years later, in 2014, the Expert RA agency awarded the university a "C" rating for the quality of education and training it provides to its graduates. This recognition demonstrates the university's commitment to offering a high-quality academic experience and ensuring that students are well-prepared for their future careers. The "C" rating acknowledges the university's efforts to create an ideal learning environment and produce graduates with a strong foundation in their chosen fields. This prestigious rating establishes the university as a respected institution that attracts ambitious students who value their personal growth and success.

The University offers various educational programs at the bachelor's, master's, and postgraduate levels. They provide specific admission directions and offer preparatory courses, postgraduate studies, doctoral studies, and over 250 additional programs for professional education. Students can choose from 19 bachelor's, 11 master's, and 3 specialty programs. The University also offers 17 postgraduate programs for training scientific and pedagogical staff. Additionally, they have 6 collaborative master's degree programs with foreign universities.

The University has 12 faculties and a military training center. It also has a campus with 5 multi-storey buildings that can accommodate 4176 students. In addition, the University has 2 branches in Orenburg and Tashkent. It also has 2 recreation centers in the Tver region and the Crimea. The teaching staff consists of 810 people. In 2015, the staff published 1315 articles that were indexed by Russian and foreign databases. The University has developed 3 educational standards. Since 2008, the rector of the University has been Viktor Georgievich Martynov, who is a Doctor of Economics and a Professor.

There are over 10,000 students in total, with about 60% of them being funded by the federal budget. The University also has around 1300 foreign students from 56 different countries, such as China, Vietnam, Venezuela, Bolivia, Nigeria, Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan.

According to the Expert RA rating, the University is recognized as one of the leading institutions in terms of demand for Russian university graduates among employers. It also holds the fifth position among Russian universities and 256th place overall in the Global World Communicator (GWC) annual international ranking of the 500 best universities in the world. The university is also acknowledged in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) University Rankings: BRICS, being among the top 30 Russian universities listed in the overall BRICS countries' university list. In The Three University Missions Ranking of 2022, it secured a position between 701st and 800th, and in the RAEX rating, it ranked 26th among Russian universities.


Faculties and schools[edit]

Petroleum geology and geophysics[edit]

The work of geologists and geophysicists is complex and multifaceted. Only detailed study of the structure of the Earth's deposits with the use of modern geophysical instruments and computer technologies can confidently identify oil and gas deposits at the depth of several kilometers. The Faculty trains geologists and geophysicists in a variety of areas and specializations of geoscience to meet the industry's needs.

Training is provided by a team of highly qualified and renowned researchers. Among them are Russian State Prize Laureates, Honored Scientists of the Russian Federation, Honored Geologists and Geophysicists. The Faculty offers Bachelor, Master and Ph.D. programs.

  1. Theory of Prospecting and Exploration of Oil and Gas
  2. Petroleum Field Geology
  3. Geology
  4. Geophysical Information Systems
  5. Exploration Geophysics and Computer Systems
  6. lithology and System Research of Lithosphere
  7. Geology of Hydrocarbon Systems

Aleksandr V. Lobusev is author of more than 90 scientific papers. He is also the holder of the patent: "Method of developing oil and gas fields”. He is member of many renowned public organizations: the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE); Chairman of the Committee on Science of Gubkin University Academic Council, Public Council of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Ecology of the Russian Federation, full member of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Russia.

Reservoir engineering[edit]

Hydrocarbons are produced in Siberian blistering cold and in violent African heat, deep under the sea and in the desert. It is the reservoir engineer who plays the major role in this process of development and exploitation of oil and gas deposits. The Faculty of Reservoir Engineering prepares professionals in drilling, well completion and simulation, development and exploitation of on- and offshore oil, gas and gas condensate fields, research in physics and hydraulics. Students of the Faculty receive in-depth knowledge in geology, economics, engineering mechanics, oil field chemicals and computer systems.

The Faculty offers a variety of Bachelor, Master and Ph.D. programs.

  1. Oil and Gas Wells Drilling
  2. Petroleum Reservoir Engineering
  3. Gas and Gas-Condensate Reservoir Engineering
  4. Offshore Petroleum Reservoir Engineering
  5. Physics
  6. Petroleum and Subsurface Fluid Mechanics
  7. Gas Technologies and Underground Gas Storage
  8. Institute of Hydrocarbon Reservoir Engineering
  9. R&D Institute for Drilling Technologies
  10. Institute of Arctic Petroleum Technologies

Professor Bondarenko teaches the course on "Physics of oil and gas reservoir." He has published more than 40 scientific works. Professor Bovanenko is the Laureate of the Government of the Russian Federation in the field of Science and Technology, Honorary Person of Higher Professional Education of the Russian Federation.

Pipeline engineering, construction and operation[edit]

Pipeline transport is the most important part of the fuel and energy complex. Often oil and gas fields are located in remote areas. Therefore, the effectiveness of the oil and gas industry is largely dependent on the reliable and safe operation of pipeline systems. The Faculty provides training in a wide range of subjects and programs related to pipeline engineering and operation.

The Faculty includes 75 professors giving lectures to the students on the fundamentals and cutting-edge developments in pipeline engineering.

The Faculty offers Bachelor, Master and Ph.D. programs.

  1. Gas and Oil Pipelines Engineering and Operation
  2. Gas and Oil Pipelines and Storage Facilities Construction and Repair
  3. Oil Products and Gas Supplies
  4. Thermodynamics and Heat Engines
  5. Welding and Monitoring of Oil and Gas Facilities

Professor Korolenok is author of over 110 scientific papers and textbooks for students, including 3 monographs and 12 scientific and technical reviews. He is Member of the Scientific and Technical Council of OAO "Gazprom". The research results of professor Korolenok were used to develop a number of industry practices and regulations, which were introduced into the practice of gas transportation companies such as "Gazprom", “Transneft", Rosneftegazstroy and others.

Mechanical engineering[edit]

The question “What do the graduates of the Department of Mechanical Engineering do?” can be answered briefly: they create machinery and installations for the oil and gas industry, and “teach” these how to work. They design and operate equipment, certify petroleum products and technologies, ensure the security of workers life, manage risks related to industrial production, insure industrial objects and people - our graduates can do all this and many other things.

The Faculty offers Bachelor, Master and Ph.D. programs.

  1. Machines and Equipment for Oil and Gas Industry
  2. Equipment for Oil Refining and Gas Processing
  3. Tribology and Repair Technology of Oil and Gas Equipment
  4. Welding and Monitoring of Oil and Gas Facilities
  5. Standardization, Certification and Quality Management of Oil and Gas Equipment Manufacturing
  6. Wear Resistance of Machines and Equipment & Structural Materials Engineering
  7. Industrial Safety and Environment Protection
  8. Computer Aided Design of Oil and Gas Industry Facilities
  9. Theoretical Mechanics
  10. Technical Mechanics
  11. Metal Science and Nonmetallic Materials
Other Units
  1. National Oil and Gas Institute
  2. International Training and Research Center «Anticor»
  3. Institute for Safety and Risk Analysis in Oil and Gas Sector
  4. Center for Integrated Analytical Studies
  5. Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Refurbishing Processes in Gas Sector Equipment

Professor Prygaev is author of more than 60 scientific papers, co-author of international translator and guide "Electrodes for manual arc welding" (2000). In 2012 the International Society for Engineering Education awarded professor Prygaev the title of “International Lecturer in Engineering”. In 2010 professor was awarded the title of the “Honored Person of Higher Education of the Russian Federation”.

Chemical and environmental engineering[edit]

The areas of training offered by the Faculty are extremely diverse. For example, students at the Department of Oil Processing Technologies learn about the technology and processes for the production of petroleum products, explore indicators of quality for oil products and raw materials, develop innovative solutions to improve the energy efficiency of processing plants. The Department of Gas Chemistry looks into the methods for obtaining substances and materials from hydrocarbon gases applying physical and chemical processes. The Department of Chemistry and Technology of Lubricants students master production technologies of motor oils, lubricants and fluids.

The Department of Technology of Chemicals for the Oil and Gas Industry does research in the field of development of drilling fluids, technologies for enhanced oil recovery and oil production intensification. The Department of Organic and Petroleum Chemistry trains specialists in the fields of hydrocarbon chemistry, heteroatomic and high-molecular compounds of petroleum, as well as their thermal and thermo-catalytic transformations. The Department of Physical and Colloid Chemistry students explore chemical phenomena using theoretical and experimental methods of physics. And finally the Department of Industrial Ecology students can master the environmental protection, waste utilization and other green technologies.

The Faculty offers Bachelor, Master and Ph.D. programs.

  1. Chemistry and Technology of Lubricants
  2. Organic and Petroleum Chemistry
  3. Gas Chemistry
  4. Oil Processing Technologies
  5. General and Inorganic Chemistry
  6. Physical and Colloid Chemistry
  7. Technology of Chemicals for Oil and Gas Industry
  8. Industrial Ecology
  9. R&D Institute of Field Production Chemistry

Professor Tonkonogov is corresponding member of the Academy of Natural Sciences (2007), author of over 100 scientific works and inventions. Professor Tonkonogov gives lectures on the theory of chemical and technological processes of basic organic and petrochemical synthesis; theoretical foundations of chemical engineering of fuel energy and carbon materials; technology of production.

Automation and computer engineering[edit]

The Faculty of Automation and Computer Engineering prepares specialists in the field of mathematical and computer modeling, design and effective use of computer technology, information-measuring and electrical systems and facilities, tools, automation and control systems. All educational programs of the Faculty are closely related with the tasks of oil and gas industry. The Faculty students receive in-depth training in physics and mathematics, studying information technology, mathematical methods of modeling and analysis of complex systems, acquire knowledge on the technology of designing and programming of modern information-measuring, computing and control systems.

The Faculty offers Bachelor, Master and Ph.D. programs.

  1. Advanced Mathematics
  2. Computer Science
  3. Automation of Technological Processes
  4. Automated Control Systems
  5. Theoretical Electrical Engineering and Electrification of Oil and Gas Industry
  6. Information and Measuring Systems
  7. Applied Mathematics and Computer Simulation

Professor Khrabrov is engaged in scientific research in the field of information-measuring systems for measurement and control of multiphase flow production of oil, gas and gas condensate wells. He conducted research in the Urengoy and Orenburg gas condensate fields. He is author of 22 scientific and educational works and holds 2 patents.

Economics and management[edit]

Graduates of the Faculty are able to successfully address challenges of the oil and gas industry. They work in governmental bodies, oil and gas companies, research and development organizations as economists, managers, financiers, marketers related to the oil and gas industry.

The Faculty of Economics and Management maintains close ties with universities in China, Germany, France, UK, USA, Holland, Norway, Sweden and other countries as well as with the international oil and gas majors such as Gazprom, Rosneft, BP, Statoil and others.

All educational programs in the Faculty are closely related with the tasks of oil and gas industry.

The Faculty offers Bachelor, Master and Ph.D. programs.

  1. Economic Theory
  2. Economics of Oil and Gas Industry
  3. Industrial Management
  4. Personnel and Labor Management
  5. Financial Management
  6. Economics of Regional Energy and Energy Efficiency
  7. Energy Markets Research

International oil and gas business[edit]

In line with the globalization process the petroleum business is becoming more and more international. To manage the business in international oil and gas companies the enrolment of professionals with specific knowledge of doing petroleum business internationally is required.

Therefore, becoming a top manager of oil and gas companies requires comprehensive education. The Faculty of International Oil and Gas Business offers Bachelor, Master and Ph.D. programs in the areas of Petroleum Economics and Management, Energy Trading, Energy Logistics, World Economy, Geopolitics and Strategic Resource Management.

  1. Oil and gas business
  2. Strategic management of energy
  3. World economy and energy policy
  4. Energy trading and logistics
  5. Innovative management
  6. International school of business

Professor Telegina is an expert in the Global Energy Security and World Energy Economics. In 1997- 1999 Dr. Telegina was Deputy Minister of Fuel and Energy of the Russian Federation and was responsible for international cooperation and investment in the energy sector of Russia. She worked as Deputy Chairman of the International Conference of the European Energy Charter. For many years Dr. Telegina has been member of the Council of Russian Oil Exporters Union.

School of law[edit]

The study at the Gubkin School of Law gives students general and specific knowledge in the field of jurisprudence. Along with the general legal studies much attention is paid to the specificity of legal activities of enterprises and organizations in the oil and gas industry. The industry professionals from major oil and gas companies such as Gazprom, BP, Shell, TOTAL, and Governmental bodies (Supreme Court, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and others) as well as the experts of law and consulting firms (DLA Piper, Noland Consulting, Bureau of labor law) give the lectures in the School.

The Faculty offers Bachelor, Master and Ph.D. programs.

  1. Theory and History of State and Law
  2. Civil and Labor Law
  3. Civil Practice and Social branches of Law
  4. Natural Resource and Environmental Law
  5. Financial and Administrative Law
  6. Criminal Law and Criminology

School of humanities[edit]

In addition to training students the School provides the Russian Language training course for international students in the framework of one year Preparatory course.

The School's main task is to develop in students’ patriotism, civic responsibility and team spirit, as well as their capability to maintain and contribute to the University and the national oil and gas sector traditions. The School includes the Museum of History of Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas.

  1. Philosophy and Social and Political Technologies
  2. History
  3. Physical Education
  4. Russian Language
  5. Modern Languages
  6. Engineering Pedagogy

International school of business[edit]

International School of Business offers business education aimed at improving management skills and development of leadership qualities, according to the global standards of training managers for oil, gas and energy business. The knowledge and skills obtained in the School effectively address the challenges faced by senior managers of the international petroleum companies.

The School offers the Master (MBA) and Doctoral (DBA) Degrees in Business Administration.

Professor Telegina is an expert in the Global Energy Security and World Energy Economics. In 1997- 1999 Dr. Telegina was Deputy Minister of Fuel and Energy of the Russian Federation and was responsible for international cooperation and investment in the energy sector of Russia. She worked as Deputy Chairman of the International Conference of the European Energy Charter. For many years Dr. Telegina has been member of the Council of Russian Oil Exporters Union.

Degrees and programs[edit]


Gubkin offers a wide range of Bachelor (4 years of study) programs related to various fields in the petroleum industry such as geology and petroleum engineering, mining law, petroleum economics and management, law and others. All Bachelor Programs are Russian taught.

To learn the Russian Language in Gubkin, please refer to the one-year PREPARATORY COURSE Program.

Master programs[edit]

Gubkin offers more than 50 Master Programs in all possible areas of Petroleum Industry. The duration of Master Programs is 2 years (4 semesters).

These include regular Gubkin programs which are all Russian taught as well as Joint Master Programs which are English taught.

Doctoral programs[edit]

Gubkin offers the opportunity to receive the degree of Candidate of Science (Ph.D.) in 17 scientific areas related to the petroleum industry, such as development, exploration, production, transportation, economics and others. In this scientific framework the University offers 44 programs/majors to do the Ph.D. research in.

International cooperation[edit]

Academic cooperation[edit]

University partners

China is now believed to be the only country with a university partnering.


There was a task in the USSR – to prepare 435,000 engineers and technicians in 5 years (1930-1935) during the USSR industrialization period, while their number in 1929 was 66,000.[2]

In 1930 the Moscow Mining Academy was divided into six independent institutes by the order of Supreme Soviet of the National Economy. The Petroleum Engineering Department of the Moscow Mining Academy became the base for the new Moscow Petroleum Institute. The Institute was named in honor of Academician Ivan Gubkin, “who contributed greatly to the foundation of higher education aimed at (of training engineers, needed urgently for the socialist industry”. At this time the young Soviet state was in want of fuel and energy for industrial development. The petroleum industry faced new challenges such as the development of new fields, application of advanced methods of operation, introduction of new production technologies, further development of oil refining technologies and construction of new plants, electrification of the oil industry, as well as the planning, organization and improving the safety of petroleum production. None of these problems could be solved without significant increase in the number of petroleum engineers and Gubkin Institute became the main base for preparing such specialists.

At the beginning there were only three faculties at the University, namely: Geology and Oil Exploration, Petroleum Engineering and Refining. The first Rector of the University and the founders of its educational and research schools was its namesake Ivan M. Gubkin.

From 1941 to 1943, during World War II, the University was evacuated to Ufa.[3]

Nowadays there are more than ten teaching faculties at Gubkin preparing specialists in almost every field of the petroleum industry: from petroleum geology and engineering to energy economics and trading. Since the University's establishment more than 85,000 students have been graduated from Gubkin.

Notable alumni[edit]

Roman Abramovich
Edward Frenkel

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "QS World University Rankings-Emerging Europe & Central Asia". Retrieved 15 January 2023.
  2. ^ David Petrovsky “A reconstruction of engineering and technical education” 1930
  3. ^ "National University of Oil and Gas "Gubkin University"". Retrieved 2021-05-05.

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