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Type  Public
Students  11000
Total enrollment  11,241 (1 Apr 2015)
Postgraduates  500
Established  17 April 1930
Headquarters  Moscow, Russia
Founded  17 April 1930
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President  Albert Ilyich Vladimirov
Rector  Viktor Georgievich Martynov
Address  Leninski Prospect 65, Moscow, Russia., Moscow, Russia
Notable alumni  Yury Luzhkov, Leonid Nevzlin, Vladimir Sorokin, Urban Rusnák, Roman Abramovich
Similar  Russian State University, Moscow State University, Russian State Geologic, Peoples' Friendship University, Moscow State University

The Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas (Russian: Российский государственный университет нефти и газа имени И. М. Губкина) is a university in Moscow. The university was founded on 17 April 1930 and is named after the geologist Ivan Gubkin. The university is affectionally known as Kerosinka (Russian: Керосинка), meaning "kerosene stove".


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The institute was part of the Moscow Geological Exploration Institute (MGRI) but later became a separate entity.

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.

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Affiliates of the Gubkin institute exist in Orenburg, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan and Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

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Petroleum geology and geophysics

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.

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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

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

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

The question “What do the graduates of the Department of Mechanical Engineering do?” can be answered briefly and very clearly: 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

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

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

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 we 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

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

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

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

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.


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

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

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.

Cooperation with industry

Gubkin has close ties with petroleum industry around the world. Cooperation with companies includes internship, scholarships and grants for students and young researchers, different forms of sponsorship, joint R&D programs, and guest-lectures of professionals from the industry on challenges and achievements in technology developments and other topics related to the industry.

The University has cooperation agreements with international oil and gas companies, such as

  • Baker Hughes
  • ConocoPhillips
  • Halliburton
  • Shevron
  • In Germany
  • BASF
  • E.ON Ruhrgas
  • Wintershall
  • In UK
  • BP
  • Shell
  • Imperial Energy
  • In other European countries
  • Falck Nutec (Norway)
  • Statoil (Norway)
  • Schlumberger (France)
  • Royal Dutch Shell (Netherlands)
  • Gazprom (and its international branches)
  • Latviagase (Latvia)
  • Repsol (Spain)
  • Lukoil (and it’s international branches)
  • In Asia-Pacific
  • CNPC
  • Petrochina
  • Sinopec
  • Petrovietnam
  • And many others.

    Academic cooperation

    Gubkin University has cooperation agreements with many leading Institutes and Universities around the world.

    The main fields of cooperation lie in the educational and research dimensions.

    Cooperation in the field of education made it possible to offer Gubkin students the following options:

    1. English taught Joint Master programs between Gubkin and other Universities
    2. Exchange programs for Bachelor and Master’s students
    3. Visiting programs for researchers and lecturers from Gubkin and other universities from Europe, America, etc.
    University partners

    The list of Gubkin University partners includes more than 120 universities around the world.

    Among them are:

    In N. America
  • Colorado School of Mines
  • Texas A&M University
  • University of Calgary in Canada
  • In Asia-Pacific Region
  • China University of Petroleum,
  • AJOY University in South Korea and many other well established education centers worldwide.
  • In Europe
  • French Petroleum Institute (IFP, Paris)
  • Imperial College (UK)
  • Cambridge University (UK)
  • Freiberg Mining Academy (Germany)
  • Clausthal University of Technology (Germany)
  • University of Stavanger (Norway)
  • Royal Technical University (Sweden)
  • Mining University of Leoben (Austria)
  • University of Groningen (Netherlands)
  • Cooperation with international organizations

    Gubkin University is a member of different organizations and associations in the academic field
  • European Universities Association (EUA). For many years Gubkin has been member of the EUA which represents and supports higher educational institutions in 47 countries, providing them a unique forum to cooperate and keep abreast of the latest trends in higher education and research policies.
  • Magna Charta Universitatum. Its aim is to gather information, express opinions and prepare documents relating to the fundamental university values and rights. Gubkin signed the Magna Charta Universitatum in 2004.
  • TEMPUS. TEMPUS is the European Union’s program which supports the modernization of higher education in the EU's surrounding area promoting institutional cooperation and focusing on the reforms of higher education systems.
  • Erasmus Mundus. Erasmus Mundus is a cooperation and mobility program in the field of higher education that aims to enhance the quality of European higher education and to promote dialogue and understanding between people and cultures through cooperation of Higher education institutions.
  • The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). DAAD supports the international exchange of students and scholars, internationalization of German universities, promotes German studies and the German language abroad, assists developing countries in establishing effective universities and advises decision makers on matters of cultural, education and development policy.
  • Cooperation with the Industry oriented organizations

    Gubkin University takes part in the International Well Control Forum.

    Gubkin is a member of the International Association of Drilling Contractors.

    Gubkin University hosts national UNIDO Industrial Centre of ecological management and clean technologies for petroleum industry.

    Gubkin representatives take an active part in the work of international professional associations such as:

  • Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE)
  • European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE)
  • American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
  • Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) and their regional offices.
  • Gubkin in figures

  • About 9000 full-time students yearly
  • About 900 international students from 58 countries
  • Degree programs
  • 16 Bachelor Programs
  • 50 Master Programs
  • 44 Ph.D. Programs (Scientific areas)
  • Additional professional education
  • Professional training – about 150 profiles
  • Professional training with additional qualifications – more than 27 programs
  • Human resources
  • 327 Doctors of Science, Professors, and more than 600 Candidates of Science (Ph.D.), Associate Professors.
  • 9 Full and Corresponding Members of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
  • More than 50 Honored Workers of Science and Technology of the Russian Federation, winners of the USSR and Russian Federation State prizes, winners of the Russian Federation President and Government prizes.
  • Gubkin and rankings
  • Ranks 19 from top 105 among Russian Universities: National University ranking
  • Ranks 120 from top 500 among universities of BRICS countries by QS Academic Ranking
  • Gubkin history

    The history of Gubkin University started in 1930 when the Moscow Academy of Mines was reorganized into six Institutes. Thus the Petroleum Engineering Department of the 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 were Ivan M. Gubkin himself and many famous founders of the Russian (USSR) oil and gas science such as: A.P. Krylov, Yu.A. Kosygin, L.S. Leibenzon, S.S. Nametkin, A.V. Topchiev, I.I. Chernyaev. M.I. Varentsov, N.L. Buslenko, M.A. Kapelyushnikov, M.F. Mirchink, N.S. Nametkin, L.V. Pustovalov, K.A. Chepikov, S.F. Fedorov, G.F. Mirchink, Ya.M. Paushkin; V.I. Isagulyants, L.Sh. Davitashvili; and many others.

    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.

    The University is justifiably proud of its alumni working in all leading oil and gas Russian and international companies.

    Notable alumni

  • Alexander Givental - Mathematician
  • Teki Biçoku - Albanian geologist
  • Edward Frenkel - mathematician
  • Yury Luzhkov - politician who was the Mayor of Moscow and one of the founders of the ruling United Russia party
  • Vasiliy Podshibyakin - discoverer of Urengoy gas field the world's second largest natural gas field
  • Leonid Nevzlin - former executive at Yukos, also owns 20% of Haaretz
  • Urban Rusnák - Slovak diplomat and the current general-secretary of the Energy Charter Secretariat
  • Aliya Mustafina - gymnast
  • Vladimir Sorokin - contemporary Russian writer and dramatist, one of the most popular in modern Russian literature
  • References

    Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas Wikipedia