Azerbaijan Oil Academy Students Visit Aberdeen

Every year at the oil show in Baku, Azerbaijan the Aberdeen based drilling company, KCA DEUTAG, awards student scholarships and the 2003 winners are currently visiting Aberdeen as part of their prize.

The two-week visit for the three Azerbaijan State Oil Academy students, Seyfali Mukhtarov, Ogtay Suleymanov and Emin Mammadov, has involved a whirlwind tour of many of Aberdeen's leading companies including Shell, Weatherford, Schlumberger and, of course, KCA DEUTAG itself.

The visit is designed to provide the students with information they can use to complete their engineering degree theses, but it has also given them their first taste of life in the UK, including Sunday's home game for Aberdeen verses Motherwell.

Speaking for all three students, Ogtay Suleymanov is very impressed with the UK's oil capital. "The air is fresh and Aberdeen is a beautiful town with many interesting places," commented Ogtay. "It is amazing to find so many high technology companies in one location and I hope that Baku will one day resemble Aberdeen."

Last year was the sixth award of the annual KCA DEUTAG Scholarship Program, which also includes a monthly allowance to assist the students to complete their studies and English language training. New Scholarships will be announced at this year's Caspian Oil Show, being held in early June.

"KCA DEUTAG expects to recruit a large number of Azerbaijani nationals over the next three years and the Scholarship Program is the company's foundation stone for recruiting and training high quality, motivated graduates who will in time assume senior positions in Azerbaijan within our engineering and operations groups," commented Brian Taylor, MD of KCA DEUTAG Drilling Ltd.