Tomsk Polytechnic University became a venue that brought together representatives of the IAEA, Rosatom State Atomiс Energy Corporation, the European Atomic Energy Agency, National Research Nuclear University, Kazatomprom National Atomic Company, the Atomic Energy Agency of Ghana, Russian and European universities.
A round table dedicated to international cooperation in training specialists for the nuclear industry was held as part of the 10th International Conference on Physical and Technical Problems in Science, Industry, and Medicine. Russian and International Experience in Training, timed to the 70th anniversary of the TPU physical and technical academic school.
“This is the first time such an event has brought together participants from Africa to Asia. Over the past few years, TPU has made significant progress in nuclear education.
However, like other international universities, we have faced complex challenges as to whether we train that sort of specialists having that sort of skills to be required by the nuclear industry in the future. Therefore, one of the main goals of the event is to bridge universities and the industry,” Vera Verkhoturova, Deputy Director of the TPU School of Nuclear Science & Engineering, Head of International Nuclear Education Programs, says.
Andrey Sitnikov, Technical Lead for Research Reactor Nuclear Infrastructure and Capacity Building at the IAEA, made a report at the round table. He spoke about the potential provided by the Agency for developing professional competences for the nuclear industry, including for university employees, such as e-programs, workshops, full-time research schools, and projects designed for advanced specialists with extensive professional experience.
“This event is of great importance to us. It is necessary to implement new educational technologies and advanced training programs,” Andrey Sitnikov says.
Vladimir Artisyuk, Adviser to the Director General of Rosatom, who moderated the round table, underlined that truly important problems were discussed at TPU. The university managed to gather representatives of different states, which helped to study international experience and prospects for further cooperation.
“We work with large nuclear corporations and universities from all around the world and we are the flagship university of Rosatom. We are ready to be a permanent networking venue for universities and industry representatives from Europe, Africa, and Asia. TPU graduates work at all Rosatom enterprises, in many nuclear companies worldwide, and take internships at European universities. They are even invited to internships at the IAEA.
The world is changing too fast, and the fact that the international expert community recognized TPU as a suitable platform for dialogue demonstrates that we have a right presentiment of the course of time. Now we need to understand what our long-term role is to continue training highly-demanded specialists,”
Oleg Dolmatov, Director of the TPU School of Nuclear Science & Engineering, says.