Azerbaijan, Baku, June 7 / Trend E. Tariverdiyeva /
The Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy will hold the Baku Summer Energy School - a special two-week summer program - for the fourth straight year in 2010, Advanced Foreign Service Program Director at the Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy Fariz Ismailzade said.
He added that the program will be implemented with the support of the State Oil Company of the Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR).
Foreign pecialists participate in the program together with their Azerbaijani colleagues, he said.
"The project should not be viewed as a scientific conference, but rather as a school, as participants learn a great deal and receive useful information about regional energy," Ismailzade said.
Representatives of the Bahamas, the United States, Russia, Turkey, Italy, Norway, Poland, France, Romania, the Czech Republic, Greece, Germany, Malaysia, Bulgaria, Hungary, the United Arab Emirates, Mozambique and Japan will arrive to take part this year.
Students are primarily selected on the basis of their energy education and know-how.
The staff this year includes professors from the University of Texas, Harvard University, Haifa University, representatives of the Total and SOCAR oil companies, and former Shell senior employees.
Ismailzade said politicians, including Azerbaijani Industry and Energy Minister Natiq Aliyev and SOCAR head Rovnag Abdullayev, will deliver lectures on policy.
"Participants have the unique opportunity to ask questions to teachers and policy-makers in determining regional energy policy," he said.During the two-week courses, participants will also become familiar with Azerbaijani culture, sights, and regions, Ismailzade added.