ASTANA – Chevron’s contribution to science and technology development in Kazakhstan is designed to create opportunities for students and young researchers to develop their professional and academic skills while searching for solutions to improve the quality of life.
The company helps local universities in purchasing advanced equipment, upgrading laboratory infrastructure, supporting faculty research programmes, and providing funds for scholarships and project teams of young scientists and students.
Last May, in partnership with the Nazarbayev University, Chevron introduced a model eco-village – a futuristic, human and environment-friendly settlement that could be built 25 km from Astana. The eco-village is designed to be energy efficient, sustainable, based on innovative technologies, and integrate harmoniously with the natural landscape.
The 3D eco-village model is a result of a year-long research carried out by a team of 25 university students representing various departments and contributing their knowledge and skills in the areas of design, engineering, ecological studies, energy studies, and IT. Mentors from the university worked hand in hand with students on project management and technical issues.
“The whole modelling part was implemented by the students with the support of university administration, professors and experts. We plan to submit it for presentation at EXPO 2017. And I have no doubt that we will succeed,” shared his confidence Daniil Tarasov, a 3rd year student and project manager. “To be part of this project is a great honour and priceless experience for me.”
Later this year, the project team plans to arrange a peer-review by local expert community.
Since its establishment in 2010, Nazarbayev University has swiftly developed into one of the leading educational and research institutions in Kazakhstan. Starting from 2012, the university and Chevron entered into a long-term partnership based on the shared philosophy of striking the right balance between environment preservation and the advancement of technology.