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Baku 2015 and BP executives presented certificates to Games Academy Graduates

Baku 2015 European Games and BP senior executives yesterday presented certificates to 188 university graduates from Azerbaijan and across Europe, who have successfully completed the one-year innovative and impactful learning programme.

BP is the exclusive Official Partner of the Games Academy initiative. The Graduate Excellence Programme has been developed to assist in building the skills and knowledge required to deliver the Games and leave a lasting legacy for Azerbaijan.

Graduation Certificates were presented by Mr Simon Clegg, Baku 2015 Chief Operations Officer, Mr Farhad Hajiyev, Executive Director of the Azerbaijan Youth Foundation, Mr Gavin McAlpine, Baku 2015 Operational Capability and Readiness Director, and Mr Ian Sutherland, BP’s Regional Vice President.

Congratulating the graduates Mr Clegg said: “The Baku 2015 Graduate programme as a part of this legacy, gave young people the chance to work along an international workforce to gains new skills and experience that will help them in their careers. Programme significantly enhances future career prospects through personal development, transfer of knowledge and personal networks”.

Mr Farhad Hajiyev, Executive Director of Azerbaijani Youth Foundation said: “Graduate Excellence Programme is a great example of tangible benefits Baku 2015 has given to Azerbaijani youth. Young specialists graduating from Baku 2015 Graduate Excellence Programme are the next generation that will help Azerbaijan to stage future sporting events - Baku Grand Prix 2016, Islamic Games 2017, Euro 2020 Games etc”.

The Graduate Excellence Programme included six training modules with a focus on important skills and knowledge required for the successful delivery of the European Games and future sporting events to be held in Azerbaijan.  During the training all of the participants were mentored by experienced international and national team members to ensure that their learning continues while delivering their operational roles.

Ms Joana Viaes, Games Academy graduate from Portugal said: “I couldn't be prouder of myself and my colleagues for great success in delivering the Games! Having the opportunity to work in a multi-sport environment right after finishing my studies and learn from experts from all around the world is something that only a few can dream about. I take back to Portugal a luggage full of knowledge and I am already looking forward to continuing my career in sport, in the European Federation”

Ms Turkan Vusat, Games Academy graduate from Azerbaijan said:  “I am very excited but at the same time a little bit sad to pass the finish line of Baku 2015. It has been very beneficial for me both from personal and professional perspectives – I have learned a lot from my colleagues and gained some really good friends. Now looking forward to the next job in Public Sector, which I am very proud of”.


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