On Tuesday (December 17) a group of African students and journalists arrived at Tomsk Polytechnic University. These students are the authors of the best videos that won the "Atom for Africa" contest of Rosatom. This contest was dedicated to the potential of nuclear energy for the socio-economic development of Africa. The main prize for the winners was a trip to Tomsk and the opportunity to get acquainted with the educational opportunities of the city in the field of nuclear technology and medicine.
More than 30 teams from seven African countries took part in the competition. As a result, students from Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania, and Uganda arrived in Tomsk, as well as journalists from Rwanda - 15 people in total.
African students and journalists will spend two days in Tomsk. Here they will meet with the students from Africa who are already studying nuclear technology at TPU. They also learn about the opportunities of using a research nuclear reactor in the educational process - TPU has its own nuclear reactor. This is the only active university nuclear reactor in Russia, it is included in the list of unique scientific objects and it is a mega science platform, where advanced researches in the fields of nuclear technology and nuclear medicine are carried out. African students will visit TPU cyclotron, which is used in cancer treatment, and the radiological building of Tomsk Regional Oncology Center.
«Tomsk is a unique city in the field of nuclear technology on the map of Russia. It has all the infrastructure that is needed to study nuclear physics and nuclear medicine: TPU research nuclear reactor, accelerator facilities, well-developed medical facilities. But most importantly, we have a strong scientific and pedagogical school. That is why more and more foreign students come to study nuclear technology in Tomsk, in particular, at Tomsk Polytechnic University.
A special place among them is occupied by students from African countries, since the countries of this continent are actively cooperating with Russia in the peaceful use of the atom. - notes Oleg Dolmatov, Director of the TPU Nuclear Engineering School. - A trip to Tomsk, to the Tomsk Polytechnic University is the main prize for the participants of the Rosatom video contest, and we are pleased to demonstrate our educational and scientific capabilities to the participants and hope that they come to study in Russia. By the way, several students decided to come to study at TPU after the last trip. They sent applications and received quotas from Rosatom for studying in our international nuclear education programs".
About 90 students from African countries: Algeria, Egypt, the Republic of Congo and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ghana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mali, Mozambique, Namibia, Senegal, Sudan, South Africa, Nigeria and Côte d'Ivoire study at Tomsk Polytechnic University. Most African students are studying in areas and programs related to nuclear technology.