In 2021, the international student project Energy Challenge (formerly Youth Day) took place for the seventh time. The goal of the project is to provide an interactive platform that unites leading industry experts and talented students from all over the world to transfer knowledge about the energy business and find new ideas and solutions.
The organizers and partners of the project are Higher Economic School of St. Petersburg State University of Economics (HES UNECON), International Business Congress (IBC), PJSC Gazprom, Uniper SE, Wintershall Dea AG, OMV AG, N.V. Nederlandse Gasunie, Energy Delta Institute, ESMT Berlin and Expoforum.
The participants are students from different universities of the world, leading industry experts and top managers of international energy companies, as well as representatives of the academic community.
The project includes two stages: the online educational program of Virtual Academy and events of Youth Day as part of St. Petersburg International Gas Forum (SPIGF), which has the status of IBC’s working project.More
The first educational part of Energy Challenge 2021, the Virtual Academy (VA), is almost completed. The last webinar of the third educational module has just finished, but the participants still have two weeks for finishing their individual final challenge. The project organizers from the Higher Economic School of St. Petersburg State University of Economics (HES UNECON) summarize the preliminary results.More
On April 26, the Virtual Academy, the first stage of the Energy Challenge project, was launched. Its topic is "Embracing Uncertainty with 3D".
Virtual Academy is a three-month educational online program including three study modules. In each module, experts from the partner companies give classes on various energy topics. As part of the program, participants must complete two tasks and prepare their final individual project. At the end of the Virtual Academy, the best participants will be invited to St. Petersburg for the in-person Youth Day events to be held at the St. Petersburg International Gas Forum.More
December 3, the annual international student event Youth Day 2020 started wThe Opening Ceremony of the annual international student event Youth Day 2020 took place on the 3rd of December, which top 50 graduates of the Virtual Academy from 31 universities, representing 11 countries, take part in.More
The Virtual Academy, the first stage of the Energy Challenge 2.0 project has just been completed. The expert group has finished assessing the student research projects, and now we can sum up the results.
For three months, April 15 - July 10, 270 students representing 75 universities of 22 countries studied online on the educational program "Energy 2020: Back to the Future" based on the UNECON distance learning platform.
The Energy Challenge team from the Higher Economic School of UNECON carried out serious expert and organizational work and prepared three training modules.More
May 27 – June 17 the third training module was held at the Virtual Academy of the Energy Challenge project. The Academy participants, together with industry experts, had to determine what kinds of policies, strategies, and investment decisions should be taken right now on a corporate level to ensure our safe and sustainable future.
The webinar program of Module 3 covered a wide range of topics offered by partner companies:More
May 27, the second study module was completed at the Virtual Academy of the Energy Challenge project. It was dedicated to the topic of "Foresight, a look into the future". VA participants together with experts tried to determine the trends and technologies, which will form the foundation of our energy future for the next 20-30.
The webinar program of Module 2 was even more intense:More
April 15, 2020 we started the Virtual Academy, the first stage of the Energy Challenge 2.0 project, organized by Higher Economic School of UNECON.
The first training module was held from April 15 to May 6. It was dedicated to the hindsight in order to summarize and compare the expectations and results of the major energy events and trends since the beginning of XXI.More
Since 2019, the annual project of the Youth Day as a part of the St. Petersburg International Gas Forum, organized by HES UNECON, has been realized in the upgraded format of the Energy Challenge. It still holds the status of the International Business Congresses’ working project and has the support of the leading energy companies and organizations as Gazprom, Uniper, Wintershall Dea, Gasunie, Energy Delta Institute, OMV, Shell, Schneider Electric, ESMT, Expoforum, and others.More
On October 1-3, 2019 the final events of the project of Youth Day: Energy Challenge were held at the 9th St. Petersburg International Gas Forum (SPIGF). It is the 5th jubilee edition of the project.
The organizer of event is Higher Economic School of St. Petersburg State University of Economics (HES UNECON) under the support of organizations members of International Business Congress (IBC): Gazprom, Gasunie, OMV, Uniper, Wintershall Dea, Shell as well as with partnership of Energy Delta Institute (EDI), European School of Management and Technology (ESMT), Schneider Electric, Siemens, Verbundnetz Gas (VNG) and Expoforum.More
July 15, 2019 the study process in Virtual Academy has finished. The participants submitted their final #project_challenge aimed to assess their research and analytical skills, as well as the ability to present the project to the public. The project should be related to energy industry: technology, business process, market, product etc., and explain its competitive advantage, creating value, feasibility, impact etc.More
On July 7, 2019, the learning part of the Virtual Academy within the project of Youth Day: Energy Challange was completed. The last fifth module was devoted to the topic of "Sustainable energy transition". The European School of Management and Technology (ESMT), represented by senior lecturer Christoph Burger and Program Director Jens Weinmann, moderated and developed the training materials and assignments.More
June 10-23, the fourth training module was held at the Virtual Academy. Students were invited to study technical trends in the energy sector. Three companies held webinars and answered the participants' questions online:More
On June 9, the Virtual Academy completed the third training module, which was devoted to market trends. The representatives of three Youth Day partner companies held their webinars:More
The end of the second module is coming. The module is dedicated to partners companies’ strategies. Participants of The Virtual Academy have already listened to three speakers: