TPU Students from Africa Speak at Russia-Africa Forum on Nuclear Education

Students of the TPU School of Nuclear Science and Engineering became participants of the II Youth Forum “Russia-Africa: Nuclear Education for Sustainable Development”, which was held at the Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia (RUDN University).Photо:  provided by the Press Office of RUDN University

The Forum was arranged by the Rosatom State Corporation and RUDN University within the agreement signed at the Russia-Africa Summit in Sochi in 2019. The event was dedicated to searching for new forms of cooperation in the sustainable development of African countries via the promotion of nuclear education, which allows implementing the potential of youth in high-tech areas of science and technology in resident countries.

Tomsk Polytechnic University became a coordinator of the thematic section “Nuclear Medicine Today and Tomorrow”. The students from African countries studying the program of Nuclear Science and Technology at TPU were speakers representing the university with their online reports.

“The section work was dedicated to practice-oriented training of Russian and international staff in nuclear medicine within the programs of sustainable development. Among the presented reports, for instance, there were development and production of radiopharmaceutical of the next generation, digital technology in medicine, advancement of methods and technology in radiation therapy and diagnostics,”

says Vera Verkhoturova, Deputy Director of the TPU School of Nuclear Science and Engineering and Head of International Nuclear Education Programs.

Irina Svyato, Adviser to Director General of Rusatom Healthcare JSC and Mr Vincent Humbulani, Head of the Department of Radiation Therapy at the Academic Hospital of the University of Pretoria (South Africa) were moderators of the section.

“The future of many countries and peoples lies behind the Forum topic. Forum participants can make a significant contribution to their prosperity. The Forum is dedicated to the search for new forms of cooperation in the sustainable development of African countries. First of all, it is search for news forms via promotion of nuclear education. It regards promising areas in higher education, training of highly qualified staff in nuclear technology for countries of the African continent.  It is required to focus on how not to lose the tempo in conditions of the pandemic and decreased mobility,” Vladimir Filippov, President of RUDN University and Academician of the Russian Academy of Education, addressed the Forum participants.