International academic staff to receive training at TPU unique nuclear facilities

Specialists of universities and nuclear agencies of six countries are enrolled in a professional development program at Tomsk Polytechnic University. For the first time in Russia, international specialists will receive training in several R&D and production centers, such as the TPU research reactor, the Laboratory for Radioactive Substances and Technologies, the Research Laboratory  for Portable Betatrons, and the radiological department of the Tomsk Regional Oncology Center.

TPU developed the  professional development program in Research Reactors and Cyclotrons: Application, Infrastructure, Educational Programs for international specialists. It was launched in 2018 following the order of Rosatom. Furthermore, part of the classes is held at the TPU nuclear reactor, the only university reactor providing access to international citizens. 

Vera Verkhoturova , Assoc. Prof. and course supervisor atthe university Division for Nuclear Fuel Cycle, notes that this year the program has attracted more people, 14 specialists from Ghana, Nigeria, Egypt, Bolivia, Serbia, and Zambia. They are mostly the scientists, employees, and heads of departments of national nuclear agencies in Rosatom partner countries, such as the Atomic Energy Authority of Egypt, the Atomic Energy Commission of Nigeria, and other organizations. Besides, the program is unique in that it will be implemented at several scientific and production centers for the first time in Russia.

“This year, the course will last two weeks. During the second week the participants are expected to practice on installations and equipment, including three days of training at the operating reactor. They will be sent to laboratories, where they will have a chance to immerse in its working process and the classes will be delivered during the production process. After that, the students will get acquainted with the work of the TPU cyclotron for the next two days.

Due to our cooperation with the School of Non-Destructive Testing, we will tell the students about the unique developments of TPU in betatron technology. Along with this, for a day, the students will work at the radiological department, discovering the Oncology Center activity. This is a unique course for Russia in terms of practical knowledge and experience,”

— Vera Verkhoturova says.

The course is delivered jointly with the Rosatom Technical Academy. Among the course lecturers, there are the TPU specialists, Ilya Filipyev, Head of the Nuclear Education Transfer Project Office of the Rosatom Technical Academy, and Vladimir Kondakov, Leading Expert of the Nuclear Education Transfer Project Office.

“I believe that this work will bring us mutual benefits. These events aim both to teach you and receive your feedback, allowing us to further develop our approaches to nuclear education,”

- Oleg Dolmatov, the head of the School of Nuclear Science & Engineering, says.

TPU is a participant of the Project 5-100 and for two years it has participated in the priority project of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation - Export of Education. Currently, international students from 48 countries are studying at TPU. There are students from Austria, Australia, Brazil, Germany, Egypt, India, Iran, Cyprus, China, Mongolia, USA, Czech Republic, France, and others. The share of international students at the university is 28%. TPU implements 16 network Master programs, 13 of which with international universities.

“We believe that the export of education should not be separated from the development system of the scientific and educational domain and the national economy. Therefore, we attempt to create and implement joint programs for international specialists, allowing them to work on the development of Russian technologies, Russian enterprises, and the Russian economy as a whole. In particular, all joint projects of TPU and Rosatom, related to international nuclear education, are aimed  at these problems. We train international specialists so they can later work with Russian technologies and in the partner countries of Rosatom”,

- Liliya  Kiryanova, Vice-Rector for External Affairs, says.