Since the introduction of our scholarship programme in Turkmenistan in 1998, more than 80 Turkmen scholars have received PETRONAS scholarship awards for further studies at Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) in Malaysia. Each year, PETRONAS also extends opportunities to outstanding Turkmen students to enrol for five-year degree courses at the university in a variety of disciplines relevant to the oil and gas industry. At the same time, PETRONAS provides technician training to Turkmen via INSTEP to equip them for careers in the oil and gas industry.
As part of our commitment towards contributing to community development, PETRONAS' contribution to the Children's Fund of Turkmenistan on 11 September 2004 was used to bring in books for a newly-opened children's library in Ashgabat. Since then, it has benefited over 64 schools and more than 150 institutions around the city. The Children's Fund of Turkmenistan is a charitable organisation set up to care for the welfare of disadvantaged children.
Since 2005, over 100 Turkmen have registered for the PETRONAS Carigali (Turkmenistan) Sdn Bhd Technician Training Programme aimed at nurturing capable and reliable operators and technicians of its onshore and offshore oil and gas facilities.