Students from Africa, Iran, India, and China come first to postgraduate nuclear program in English

For the first time, a postgraduate program Nuclear, Thermal and Renewable Energy and Related Technologies delivered in English has started at Tomsk Polytechnic University. Young nuclear scientists from Ghana, Iran, Nigeria, Zambia, India, and China are international students of the new program at the School of Nuclear Science & Engineering. 

Photo: Xu Yu Bin and Fidel Castro.

12 people were enrolled in the new program. Some of them are TPU graduates who graduated from the master program Nuclear Power Installations Operation. The postgraduate program will be also taught in English.

Participants of the program were sent to Tomsk Polytechnic University by the university partner Rosatom State Corporation.

The leader of the master program Nuclear Power Installations Operation Vera Verkhoturova tells:

‘In Summer there was the second graduation from our English-taught program on nuclear technology. National nuclear agencies are greatly interested in hiring our graduates just after their theses defense. Having learned that we opened a postgraduate program in English, the graduates immediately applied to Rosatom to support their further study at TPU.

In addition, we were asked by the government of Iran and the Embassy of Iran in Russia to admit six students to the new program. This is unprecedented for the Tomsk Oblast to educate so many Iranian people at one program at once. I would like also to note the high demand for the postgraduate program from African countries such as Ghana, Nigeria, Zambia. In general, the geography of the new program turned out to be very wide: from Africa to Southeast Asia.’

The first students admitted to the program became graduates from China and India. They graduated TPU master program this year.

Xu Yu Bin from China conducted a research devoted to reactors.

‘Nuclear engineering education at Tomsk Polytechnic University is one of the strongest in Russia, and nuclear programs delivered in English have no counterparts in the country. Therefore, I took a decision to continue my nuclear research at TPU. This will allow me to find a good job anywhere in the world. Besides, a PhD degree will be an advantage at employment at the Chinese university,’

says Xu Yu Bin.

According to the leader of the postgraduate program, Director of School of Nuclear Energy & Engineering Oleg Dolmatov, TPU is the only university in Russia at which international students can take part of the academic program at the operating research nuclear reactor. Now the University provides an opportunity for the international postgraduate students to conduct part of their research at the reactor.

Oleg Dolmatov emphasizes:

‘Being experienced at the research nuclear reactor, our international graduates have got a huge competitive edge in their countries. Since it shows that they gained both theoretical and practical knowledge. Employers wait for our graduates very much.’  

Another student enrolled in the program is Fidel Castro who came from India to continue his education. He plans to devote his future with science.

Fidel says:

‘I admire great expertise of TPU faculty and the scientific freedom in our research projects. During my master program, I was focused on non-destructive testing in nuclear technology and carried out a lot of laboratory works.

I am glad that the University provides a great number of practical works and the opportunity to touch everything with our hands. Besides, at TPU students can publish their research papers in reputable international scientific journals. During the PhD program I am going to focus on research.’

According to him, one the reasons to continue study in Tomsk is that there are pleasant and tolerant people in the city, where he feels safe.

‘When international students come to stake an English-taught program, they do not know Russian at all. Meantime they are very interested in Russian culture so by the end of study many of them can speak rather fluently. Nevertheless, it is postgraduate studies in English sought-after among foreigners because after graduation they will work in the international companies, and it is essential they can apply their knowledge of Russian technology in any country,’

emphasizes Oleg Dolmatov.