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9e9bde26f6c84987b4c67526d7e33360We believe that supporting education is important for social progress and development. Therefore, we set up scholarships, offered grant loans and subsidies to students from underprivileged families, and supported relevant competitive activities in order to give young people equal opportunities for education and help them to pursue their goals and personal growth.

In 2015, CNPC's donations to education reached RMB 238.03 million.

Domestic Education Programs

CNPC has actively participated in various activities such as the "Hope Project", "Spring Rain Project" and "Oasis Action" to help young people from poor areas continue their studies and receive modern education. In recent years, we have stepped up efforts to assist high school students from poor families, particularly in the early years of their secondary education. We have also sponsored the Formula Student China Kunlun Lubricant Cup (FSC) for five consecutive years, aiming to create a platform for industry-academia-research collaboration to nurture talent for the automobile industry.

In 2013, we carried out joint R&D projects with colleges and universities including Xi'an Shiyou University, and assisted students at Xichong Primary School and provided scholarships to students in need. Huabei Oilfield launched a campaign to provide educational assistance in June 1995. Since then, a total of more than RMB 1.6 million in student grants and scholarships has been provided to 1,396 poverty-stricken students, among whom, 249 students realized their college dreams. We also invested RMB 1.8 million to help Lenghu Middle School in Qinghai Province build a biological park and a geographic park with more than 100 types of floral and fauna specimens and over 50 models of mountains and rivers. These parks have enriched the students' spiritual life and expanded their horizons.

In 2014,in Sheqi County of Henan Province, we helped improve the teaching and living conditions of more than 20 rural primary and secondary schools, providing students with multimedia classrooms and new beds. Liaoyang Petrochemical has provided "one-on-one"educational assistance in Zhangwu County of Liaoning Province for the third year in a row, providing grants and school supplies to 47 poor students.

In 2015, CNPC and CFPA co-sponsored the "Xuhang" Program to help high school students from poor families complete their studies. By the end of the year, Xuhang Program was launched at 50 service stations in Zhengzhou of Henan Province and Chengdu of Sichuan Province, and a total of one million person times participated in the charitable activity.

CNPC Scholarships

We have set up scholarships and student subsidies and supported contests in order to assist students. In November 2001, CNPC established the "CNPC Scholarship" fund with RMB 30 million to aid and encourage excellent university students. The scholarships and assistantships were distributed to seven petroleum and petrochemical colleges and 15 other key universities, in the form of awards for excellent students, innovations, special contributions and others. In 2011, we have invested RMB 166 million in establishing a new round of CNPC Scholarship with 13 colleges and universities including Peking University, Tsinghua University and China University of Petroleum, giving more favorable treatment to impoverished students.

From 2011 to 2015, we awarded scholarships of RMB 19.95 million to 3,175 students and 150 teachers.

Overseas Education Programs

CNPC attaches importance to local education around our operating areas, striving to improve education level through building schools, funding talents for further study and providing scholarship.

In Sudan, CNPC launched its program partnered with a Sudanese charity to help poor mothers in 2010. Under the agreement, CNPC will donate USD one million, on a yearly basis, to the charity for three consecutive years. The money will be used for poverty alleviation, education, and improved living conditions. In December 2010, the first project supported by CNPC was completed in the Darfur region. This project included building two primary schools in El Fasher, capital of Northern Darfur, and another six classrooms in two high schools. The foundation and local government named the school as the "Sino-Sudan Friendship Primary School". In 2012, we worked with the Embassy of China in South Sudan to build two basketball courts for Juba City, and funded two colleague students to study at Suzhou University and China University of Petroleum respectively. We entered into an agreement with the Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology of South Sudan in Juba in 2014, to donate 15,000 textbooks to the schools near Block 3/7 to improve the local teaching conditions. In 2015, in cooperation with Confucius Institute of University of Khartoum (CIUK) of Sudan, CNPCI (Nile) sponsored the establishment of "CNPC Library" of CIUK, and donated 4,000 books and education supplies. We also assisted construction of four schools with our partners near Block 6 in Sudan, and provided a complete set of furniture and teaching devices, further alleviating the local shortage of teaching facilities.

In Chad, RMB 401,000 were invested to improve local welfare, which included the building of three drinking water wells, donation of 500 school bags for Gudawa primary school students and training of 50 Chad employees in Yumen. The CNPC-funded Alkoudou primary school was put into operation in 2011, making spacious and bright classrooms available to over 100 children in villages surrounding Alkoudou. We also launched joint education projects with local higher petroleum institutes to provide internship and training opportunities. In addition, we assisted local government in implementing the youth employment program, and have recruited over 40 graduates in our refinery.

In Tanzania, we made donations to build libraries and other infrastructures for primary schools in Songo Songo Island and Msijute Village of Mtwara City in 2014. We also organized recreational activities and donated stationery.

In Kazakhstan, CNPC spent more than RMB 337 million in local social welfare in 2010, among which RMB five million was used as scholarships for local education. Approximately USD 1.07 million were used in the Kazakhstan-Aktobe project, including the selection of twelve top high school students to receive higher education at the China University of Petroleum (CUP), bringing the number of students from this region studying at CUP to 69.In 2012, we funded 14 graduates from Kazakhstan to study at China University of Petroleum, and invested RMB 25 million to support infrastructure, education development in Aktobe. Our affiliated Trans-Asia Gas Pipeline Company Limited has been covering the tuition and miscellaneous fees of young students, so far involving 10-15 students annually for three years, to support their education at the Kazakh-British Technical University. The Aktobe project company organizes summer camps every year to enhance the education level of local children.

In Iraq, we donated RMB 372,000 and provided RMB 279,000 for the "Star of Hope" scholarship at the University of Basra in 2012. In 2014, we completed construction of schools in Ahrar County, Kut City, Wasit Province. To strengthen communication with the local community, the Halfaya project company in Iraq invited students from local primary and secondary schools and universities to visit the oilfield in order to help them better understand the oilfield’s development and its contribution to local development. Halfaya Oilfield has become a demonstration center for local students. As of the end of 2014, nearly 1,000 students had visited the oilfield. We have also launched cooperation on education, research and training between the University of Basra and the China University of Petroleum (Beijing), which was aimed at improving the skill levels of local employees and preparing young talents for a career in the local oil industry.

In Myanmar, we helped to build 45 schools for 19,000 students in 2013.

In Latin America, CNPC worked with local foundations in 2013 to build Hope Primary Schools, taking in more than 800 children.