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This year, 1703 students have graduated from St. Petersburg Mining University. Among these, nine students were NIS’ scholarship holders from Serbia who studied at the Faculty of Oil and Gas Engineering, at the Department of Oil and Gas Field Development and Exploitation and the Department for Oil and Gas Drilling Operations. The students were presented with their degree certificates in the reception hall in the University’s main building, and the ceremony was attended by University Chancellor Vladimir Stefanovich Litvinenko, First Pro-Chancellor Natalia Vladimirovna Pashkevich, faculty deans, as well as Vadim Smirnov, Deputy CEO of NIS and Snežana Lakićević, Advisor to Deputy CEO of NIS. NIS’ scholarship holder Danijela Kralus, who was announced the best foreign student in the Russian Federation for this year, addressed the attendees of the ceremony. In addition, the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Moscow hosted a degree ceremony for eight NIS’ scholarship holders from I.M. Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas, students of the Faculty of Oil and Gas Engineering, at the Department of Oil and Gas Field Development and Exploitation. The ceremony was attended by the long-time Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia to Russia, H.E. Slavenko Terzić, Chancellor of Gubkin University Viktor Georgievich Martynov, Chancellor’s Assistant Vlada Streletskaya, director of NIS’ representative office in Moscow Andrey Evdokimov, as well as Vadim Smirnov, Deputy CEO of NIS and Snežana Lakićević, Advisor to Deputy CEO of NIS. At the ceremony, it was proudly announced that Andrija Avramović, a Serbian student and scholarship holder, was the best foreign student in the Russian Federation for 2017. Through NIS’ Energy of Knowledge programme, the total of 12 Serbian students have received scholarships to study at St. Petersburg Mining University, while 13 Serbian students have been granted scholarships for Gubkin University. NIS’ scholarship holders who have already graduated from these universities are NIS’ employees now, and the new graduates will too become members of our team in September this year. During Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to Serbia in January this year, NIS signed memorandums of cooperation with two prestigious Russian universities. In addition to these agreements, memorandums were signed between Russian and Serbian universities. The University of Novi Sad has established cooperation with Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas, while the University of Belgrade signed a memorandum with St. Petersburg Mining University. These memorandums have created the opportunities for increasing cooperation through numerous joint activities planned by the Serbian and Russian universities and NIS.