TPU became the first Russian university to sign a memorandum with Ghana on nuclear education

Tomsk Polytechnic University jointly with Rosatom State Corporation has signed a Memorandum of Cooperation in the field of international nuclear education with the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC). Under the document, GAEC represents three leading universities of the country, located in Kumasi, Sunyani, and Accra, which implement nuclear educational programs. TPU jointly with these universities will train specialists for Ghana’s nuclear industry. TPU is the first and only Russian university, which became a partner of Ghana in the following field.

Photo: Pavel Zhuravlev, Vice-Rector of Rosatom Technical Academy, Oleg Dolmatov, Director of the TPU School of Nuclear Science & Engineering, Benjamin Nyarko, Director-General of the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission, Yo Serfor-Arma, Dean of the School of Nuclear and Applied Sciences, University of Accra (from left to right)

In December 2019, the memorandum was signed in the capital of Ghana and with each of the three partner universities in their cities. GAEC was represented by Benjamin Nyarko, Director-General of the National Commission. Rosatom representatives also participated in the signing procedure. “Tomsk Polytechnic University has solid experience in training specialists in the field of nuclear technologies for both Russian nuclear industry and Rosatom international partners. 

We see an ever-increasing demand for Russian nuclear education from African countries. The majority of international students from Africa at Tomsk Polytechnic University tend to choose programs related to nuclear technology. We greatly appreciate this interest and offer a unique set of educational programs in the most important areas of the peaceful atom, including nuclear energy and nuclear medicine.

Furthermore, our programs are practically oriented. TPU has a number of truly unique facilities, including a research nuclear reactor,” Oleg Dolmatov, director of the TPU School of Nuclear Science & Engineering, says.

In 2015, TPU launched an English-language Master program in nuclear physics and technology. Among the first graduates of the program were students from Ghana, who were recruited by GAEC.

“The memorandum legally registered our relations with GAEC. We believe that it will be a confident step towards expanding joint research with Ghanian colleagues, scientific and educational events, and joint participation in international projects”, Vera Verkhoturova, associate professor and head of TPU’s international nuclear educational programs, underlines.

Benjamin Nyarko underlines Ghana’s extreme interest in cooperation with Rosatom in both training specialists and joint nuclear projects in his country, joint research and infrastructure projects.

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For two years, TPU has been involved in the priority project initiated by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation Education Export. There are international students from 48 countries to study at TPU, including Austria, Australia, Brazil, Germany, Egypt, India, Iran, Cyprus, China, Mongolia, USA, Czech Republic, France, and others. The share of international students is 28%. There are 16 network master programs, 13 of which are implemented jointly with international partners – Algeria, Egypt, the Republic of the Congo and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ghana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mali, Mozambique, Namibia, Senegal, Sudan, South Africa, Nigeria, and Cote d'Ivoire.