The Turkmen Polytechnic Institute was founded on the basis of the former technical faculty of the Magtymguly Turkmen State University. In 1955, the faculty of Engineering began training engineers with higher education in the specialties of “Engineering Geology”, “Construction of industrial and civil structures” and “Water supply and wastewater treatment”. In 1960, 3 new faculties: “Petroleum”, “Engineering and Construction” and “Mechanical and Energy” were founded together with the technical faculty. The Turkmen Polytechnic Institute was established on September 1, 1963 in accordance with the resolution of the Central Committee of the Communistic Party of Turkmenistan and the Council of Ministers of the Turkmen SSR dated June 14,1963. There were 4 faculties and 26 departments at the institute.
The Turkmen State oil and gas institute was established on May 25, 2012 on the basis of the Decree of the President of Turkmenistan. By the Decree of the President of Turkmenistan dated August 9, 2013, the Turkmen State oil and gas institute was given the status of an international university and was renamed the International oil and gas university. On February 12, 2021, in accordance with the Decree of the Mejlis of Turkmenistan, the International oil and gas university was named after Yagshygeldi Kakayev, in connection with which it was renamed the Yagshygeldi Kakayev International oil and gas university (IOGU).
IOGU trains high-level specialists, bachelors and masters for ministries and administrative departments of the Oil and gas industry. The training of high-level specialists, the conduct of scientific research at IOGU is carried out jointly with the research institutes of the Academy of Sciences of Turkmenistan and the production enterprises of the Oil and gas industry, as well as with the Research institute of natural gas of the “Turkmengas” State Concern.
The structure of IOGU consists of the Innovative research and education center, the Information technology center, the Research and education center, acenter for hydrogen energy, 86 classrooms equipped with modern equipment, video projectors and interactive whiteboards, language laboratories, 5 educational buildings, 2 museums, an exhibition hall , 6 dormitories, canteen, shop andsport complex.
The university computers are equipped with programs such as Adobe Photoshop, Corel Draw, AutoCAD, Embarcadero Delphi, Visual C, Adobe Flash, Microsoft SQL Server.
A digital educational portal, electronic document management are integrated into the IOGU digital education system, and an official website has been created on the Internet. Currently, the university has 7 faculties, afaculty for advanced training and 32 departments. More than 6,500 students receive modern education in 10 areas and 23 specialties, as well as in 14 bachelor’s and 2 master's areas. About 500 professors and teachers work at the departments of the university, including 5 doctors of sciences and 28 candidates of sciences. In the graduate school of the university, 17 postgraduates and doctoral students conduct research and design work aimed at solving urgent tasks of the oil and gas complex.
IOGU conducts mutually beneficial international cooperation in the field of science and education with leading universities in Russia, Belarus, Romania, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, the United Arab Emirates, Germany, Austria, Italy, Korea, Uzbekistan, China and other countries.
On the basis of the “Concept for the Development of the Digital Education System in Turkmenistan”, the university trains specialists, bachelors and masters in 10 areas: “Applied geology, mining, oil and gas business and geodesy”, “Chemical technologies”, “Technospheric safety and environmental management”, “Management in technical systems”, “Computer science and computer engineering”, “Information security”, “Engineering”, “Engineering and construction technologies”, “Electric and thermal power engineering”,“Economics and management”.
In accordance with the “Concept for the development of the digital education system in Turkmenistan” and the plan for its implementation, approved by the Decree of the President of Turkmenistan, an internal local network has been created at the university. A digital educational portal created on the base of the local network, includes electronic documents in established formats, electronic textbooks, manuals and presentations, methodological manuals, audio and video recordings of lectures, practical and laboratory classes of professors and teachers of the university, as well as videos that reveal the products of ministries and departments of the oil and gas complex. The material and technical base of the university is constantly being strengthened, at the same time the possibilities of highly qualified professors and teachers are increasing to ensure high-quality and modern education.
Every year, students of IOGU undergo study practice, project, experimental design practice, production and pre-diploma practice at the university, the Ministries and sectoral management enterprises of the Oil and gas complex. There are basic departments of IOGU in the Academy of sciences of Turkmenistan, the Ministries and institutions of departmental management of Turkmenistan for the purpose of joint research, project, experimental design works.
On July 25, 2013, IOGU became a member of the International Union of Universities and was awarded the international award “European Quality” of the Socratic Committee of the European Business Assembly (Europe Business Assembly, Oxford, UK). This organization, founded in 1950, is located in the Paris building of UNESCO and includes 630 universities. IOGU was awarded a gold medal, its sign and diploma of the international competition “Gold Medal of the SEIN Association” for the training of highly qualified specialists and great achievements in the field of science and education.
Thanks to the efforts of the Esteemed President, the number of modern higher education institutions is increasing in the country, the material and technical base is being strengthened, the legislative base of the national education system is being developed, new professional courses are being introduced taking into account the needs of the rapidly developing digital economy, curricula and training programs are being improved and innovative teaching methods are being introduced. Higher educational institutions of the country are expanding cooperation with prestigious higher educational institutions, scientific and educational organizations of the world.
In order to further improve activities in this direction, the President of Turkmenistan set the task toinclude the country's higher educational institutions in the international list of higher educational institutions by 2024. In accordance with the action planto include the country's universities in the list of international higher education institutions by 2024, аccording to the ranking indices “Impact Rankings 2022” and “Impact Rankings 2023”, conducted annually by the world ranking organization THE (Times Higher Education), located in London, UK, the university has been included in the list of world universities rankings for two years in a row, and in October 2022, based on the results of research and educational activities carried out at the university, it was included as a Correspondent member in the list of world university rankings “World University Rankings 2023”, conducted by the world ranking organization THE (Times Higher Education).
In 2023, the Yagshygeldi Kakayev International Oil and Gas University was also accepted as an associated member of the Association of Asian Universities, a member of the Association of Technical Universities and was included in the list of environmental rankings of world universities “UI Green Metric”, which are annually conducted by the University of Indonesia.
In accordance with the State Program for the Comprehensive Development of Chemical Science and Technology in Turkmenistan for 2021-2025 and its Implementation Plan, on May 4, 2022, the international online Olympiad on chemistry was held on high level at IOGU with the participation of students from universities of our country and foreign countries. More than 300 students from 17 countries of the world took part in the Olympiad. The winners of the Olympiad were awarded diplomas of 1 st, 2 nd and 3 rd degrees.
Talented student youth of the university regularly take part in competitions held at the national and international levels in various subjects and win diplomas and medals.
On February 24, 2023, declared as the year of “Happy Youth with Arkadag Serdar”, in order to implement the tasks,in accordance with the “Roadmap for the development of international cooperation in the field of hydrogen energy of Turkmenistan for 2022-2023” approved by the Decree of the President of Turkmenistan No. 2581 dated January 28, 2022, an international scientific and practical conference on the topic “Technical opportunities for obtaining hydrogen energy from natural gas” was held through video-communication in the conference hall of the Yagshygeldi Kakayev International oil and gas university.
The conference was attended by representatives of foreign international organizations, companies, technical universities, ministries and administrative departments of our country, well-known scientists, professors, teachers and students, as well as about 100 specialists from scientific and educational systems from more than 20 countries. The agenda of the international scientific and practical conference included such issues as cooperation in priority areas of scientific research, processing and development of hydrogen energy.
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