International students of Tomsk Polytechnic University celebrated Africa Day with a creative program. They prepared vocal and dancing performances, as well as a traditional costume fashion show.
“There is long-term and fruitful cooperation between Tomsk Polytechnic University and African countries, especially in education. Students from Africa have been studying at TPU for over 10 years. Nowadays, over 130 students from 21 countries of the African continent study different majors at different qualification levels. They come from Algeria, Egypt, the Republic of Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ghana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mali, Mozambique, Namibia, Senegal, Sudan, South Africa, Nigeria, Ivory Coast,” Maksim Volkov, Head of the TPU Division for International Cooperation, says.
There is a complex of English international educational programs at TPU where students from African countries study. These programs are implemented with the support of the Rosatom State Corporation and help to train highly qualified staff for overseas projects of Rosatom.
African students can undergo practical training at the TPU Nuclear Research Reactor, a unique educational site. Foreign citizens can undergo training only at TPU among all operating Russian reactors. Students from Egypt, Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania, Zambia and other countries can obtain the required practical skills to work at nuclear power plants in their countries.
The Agreement on Implementation of a Joint Educational Master’s Degree Program in Nuclear Science and Technology in English is concluded between TPU and the Egyptian Supreme Council of Universities (represented by three largest Egyptian universities: Ain Shams University, Cairo University, Alexandria University). Moreover, TPU jointly with the Egyptian Russian University implements the Design, Operating and Engineering of Nuclear Power Plants educational program.
TPU became the first Russian university to sign a memorandum with Ghana on educational cooperation in the nuclear industry in December 2019.
On 25 May 1963, Africa Day (formerly African Freedom Day) was announced in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, with the creation of the Organisation of African Unity (transformed into the African Union in 2002). The main objectives of the Organisation are to achieve greater unity, cohesion and solidarity between the African countries and African nations; to co-ordinate and intensify the cooperation of African states in order to achieve a better life for the people of Africa; to defend the sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence of its Member States; to annihilate all kinds of colonialism and to encourage international cooperation.