Every summer, the Caspian Center for Energy and Environment of the Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy (ADA) University hosts a two-week certificate program in partnership with the State Oil Company of the Azerbaijan Republic. The Baku Summer Energy School (BSES) program brings together world-renowned scholars, professionals and policy-makers to examine and gain a better understanding of global energy and environmental issues – along with their practical applications. The seminar brings together representatives from national and international oil companies, foreign ministers, ambassadors, scholars, engineers, lawyers and geologists, with each day having a particular theme of study.
Among the hundreds that applied and the 40 that were accepted was FIU’s very own Melissa Balos, Ph.D. student in the Department of Politics and International Relations at SIPA. With the help of Dr. Edward Glab, Director of SIPA’s Global Energy Security Forum, Balos was able to secure funds for the seminar and was awarded a tuition grant from the summer institute organizers – as well as a grant from SIPA. Applications for next year’s program will be available February 2015, with notifications for acceptance in May. ADA provides partial scholarships to participants based on merit and need, while other financial opportunities can be found within different FIU departments. “For any student interested in energy security, from students of international relations to petroleum engineers, attending the BSES is the best opportunity at your disposal,” said Balos. “It not only opens doors to different sectors and departments, but it is also an introduction to all matters relating to energy. Attending the BSES has been one of the best decisions of my life.”