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Start of the Virtual Academy 2021

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.

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Start of the Youth Day 2020

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.

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Summing up the results of the Virtual Academy 2020

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.

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Virtual Academy. Module 3.

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:

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Virtual Academy. Module 2.

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:

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Virtual Academy. Module 1.

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.

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The start of the Energy Challenge 2.0

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.

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Youth Day: Energy Challenge as the part of the 9th St. Petersburg International Gas Forum 2019

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.

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Virtual Academy results

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.

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Virtual Academy. Module 5.

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.

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Virtual Academy. Module 4.

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:

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Virtual Academy. Module 3.

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:

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Virtual Academy. Module 2.

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:

  • May, 15 - Irina Mironova told about the strategy of Gazprom;
  • May, 17 - Julia Boermann introduced the new strategy of merged Wintershall Dea;
  • May, 20 – information about Schneider Electric was presented by Gilles Nougier, Vice-President Zone Europe and CIS.
The last webinar provided by Afkenel Schipstra, Gasinie, is scheduled for May, 23. The third module starts May, 27 and contains webinars and analytical materials about market trends.

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Upgrade of Youth Day within St. Petersburg International Gas Forum

For four years of successful implementation the project of Youth Day has attracted attention of more than 500 students from 25 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, North and South America and even Australia. They had a chance to meet the leading experts of oil and gas industry, to communicate with top managers of world energy companies in off-tie format and to demonstrate their competences in personal and group competitions. This opportunity to visit the St. Petersburg International Gas Forum (SPIGF) is an incredible experience for future industry professionals.

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Prize trip of winners in Youth Day 2018

April 2-13, 2019 the winning team of Youth Day 2018 Case Contest participated in the international study trip to partner energy companies in Russia, Germany, the Netherlands and France.

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Youth Day: Dialogue of Generations - 2018

October 2-4, 2018, the Youth day: Dialogue of Generations was held at the fourth time within the official program of VIII St. Petersburg International Gas Forum (SPIGF). This international event creates conditions for the open dialogue between business representatives of energy industry and talented youth audience from the world's leading universities and institutes. Youth Day was traditionally organized by Higher Economic School of the St. Petersburg State University of Economics (HES UNECON) under the financial and organizational support of International Business Congress (IBC) and Gazprom Company. Partners of the event are the worlds` leading energy companies Uniper, Wintershall, Gasunie, Shell, Schneider Electric and OMV as well as academic community - Energy Delta Institute (EDI) and UNECON.

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Prize trip of winners in Youth Day – 2017

April 3-20, 2018 the winning team of Youth Day-2017 Case Contest participated in the international study trip to partner energy companies in Russia, Germany, the Netherlands and France. The trip was organized by Higher Economic School of St. Petersburg State University of Economics (HES UNECON) under financial and organizational support of the International Business Congress (IBC), Gazprom, Uniper and Energy Delta Institute. In 2017, the winner of Case Contest became French national team of 5 students from universities Science Po Paris, IFP School Paris and KEDGE Business School Bordeaux. Students are studying at master's programs both in economic and engineering specialties.

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Youth Day: Dialogue of Generations - 2017

October 3-5, 2017, the Youth Day: Dialogue of Generations was held at the third time. It is included in the official program of VII St. Petersburg International Gas Forum. This international event creates conditions for an open dialogue between business representatives of energy industry and talented youth audience from the world's leading universities and institutes. The Youth Day was traditionally organized by Higher Economic School of the St. Petersburg State University of Economics (HES UNECON), International Innovation Programs Fund in close cooperation with general partners and sponsors - International business congress (IBC) and Gazprom. Partners of the event are the worlds` leading energy companies Uniper, Wintershall, Gasunie, ENGIE, Total and Shell, as well as academia community - Energy Delta Institute (EDI) and European School of Management and Technology (ESMT).

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Prize trip of winners in Youth Day – 2016

April 11-27, 2017 Russian students’ team “Chemical squad” went to the prize study trip as the winners of the Case Contest on Youth Day 2016 in the framework of St. Petersburg International Gas Forum. The trip was organized by Higher Economic School of UNECON with the financial support of Gazprom, ENGIE, Energy Delta Institute and Uniper. 5 students of Russian universities from Moscow, St. Petersburg and Ukhta have visited such world leading energy companies as Gazprom Dobycha Yamburg, ENGIE, Gasunie, Gasterra, Uniper and E.On. During the trip participants have got an opportunity to study the whole production chain — from exploration and production to transportation and storage of gas. The trip took place in four stages: in Russia, France, the Netherlands and Germany.

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