Bilberry, samovar and chess: international nuclear students meet Russian culture at TPU

Tomsk Polytechnic University hosted a large-scale event dedicated to Russian culture for international students of the School of Nuclear Science and Engineering. The students could taste Siberian berries, play Russian chess, participate in a festive dinner with a samovar, and learn more about Russian traditions. The event was supported by the Rosatom State Corporation.

Jointly with RosatomTPU implements a range of English-language international nuclear programs, encompassing almost all levels of training –Master's, PhD, and professional development programs. Currently, 48 people from Rosatompartner countries are enrolled in the programs, including Bolivia, Egypt, Zambia, Tanzania, Ghana, Nigeria, Hungary, India, China, Malaysia, and Sudan. It was they who became participants in an interactive meet with Russian culture.

“Rosatom is one of the TPU main strategic partners and the university, respectively, is one of the main universities of the corporation. This cooperation consists of both the traditional training of specialists and the implementation of the Rosatom international project that implies training specialists for new projects of the company abroad.

As you know, Rosatomsubstantially contributes tonuclear energy industry in many countries, and TPU is a reference platform for developing completely new technology, a new model for teaching international students. It actuallyimplies training staff for new projects and facilities of the state corporation. We hope that this model will be replicated both for Rosatomprojects and for other Russian enterprises currently implementing or planning to implement international projects and objects,”

— Vice-Rector for External Affairs Lilia Kiriyanova, says.

As a matter of fact, the principal policy of the University and Rosatom is training advanced engineers able to operate the high-tech equipment and to work in international teams.

"Along with other factors, the success of work in any international team lies in mutual respect of different cultures of its members. These students acquire educationin Russia, and after graduation, they will operate Russian technologies at the facilities of the large Russian state corporation. Therefore, we strongly believe it is important to introduce them to Russian culture so that the students will be both experts of the highest level and experts in Russian culture,”

— Lilia Kiriyanova underlines.

We arrengedthree locations specially for international students. The first one was dedicated to Siberian berries, traditional wild harvest. They could taste blueberries, viburnum, lingonberries, cloudberries, as well as fruit drinks and jam, made from berries. In addition, they learned how to cook Pavlov’s dessert with Siberian berries, found outthe legends and customs associated with them.

“We have been training specialists for the nuclear industry for almost 70 years. Over the years, we have developed a certain corporate culture, when our graduates and we form a coherent whole. I hope that you will become a part of our nuclear corporation as well and we will rejoice at your success, worry about you and will always be ready to help you, likewe do for all our graduates.

Training of international specialists for the Rosatom corporation was a real challenge for us. First of all, we had to train a group of English-speaking teachers, which enabled to deliver all classes in English and achieve a high quality of training and communication. Along with this, we have to train international staff for laboratories and real facilities of the Rosatom corporation. It is a complex task, requiring high skills and knowledge and I believe that we have succeeded in it,” Oleg Dolmatov, Director of the School of Nuclear Science and Engineering says.

PhD student Paul Atta Amoah, who came to TPU from Ghana, believes that such events help international students to get used to Russian culture and meet Russian-speaking students.

“In Ghana, I graduated from a Master's program and had to take advanced training. My country plans to develop nuclear technology and Russia is one of the world leaders in this area. In addition, our countries have good relations.

Therefore, when I applied for a scholarship, I chose Russia and TPU. International students usually choose to study in Moscow or St. Petersburg, but I chose Tomsk and have not regretted! It is much better here! I like that TPU gives international students a unique opportunity to study in English and its teachers talk to students a lot. This program allows making the transition between different cultures softer, ” Paul says.