Nuclear Experts in Africa Undergo IAEA Training in Russia


On September 15th certificates of successful completion were awarded to participants of the Interregional Training Course: Joint ROSATOM-IAEA Nuclear Energy Management School Focusing on Nuclear Infrastructure Development (NEM School).

Nuclear experts from all over the world joined the educational course in Russia on international standards of Nuclear Energy Management. The Interregional Training Course: Joint ROSATOM-IAEA Nuclear Energy Management School took place from 4 -15 September 2017. Joint course was organized in Russia already for the second time.

The two weeks of hard work gave the participants a possibility to learn from top IAEA, external and Rosatom experts in the areas related to nuclear infrastructure development. The programme of the second edition of the NEM School was largely based on the synergetic combination of the organizational culture of the IAEA – the practices and tools developed by the IAEA Nuclear Knowledge Management (NKM) Section were used to highlight the subject areas of the Milestones Approach developed in the IAEA Nuclear Infrastructure Development Section (NIDS) – and practical cases from the side of ROSATOM.

The course was attended by participants from more than 20 countries, including from African countries of Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana and Zambia. The course started in St. Petersburg affiliate of the Central Institute for Advanced Training of the State Corporation Rosatom, then the students continued their studies in Obninsk.

During the event the participants had an opportunity to join the unique technical tour programme which included the second stage of Leningrad NPP construction site and the full scope simulator of innovative VVER-1200 reactors operation, Emergency Response Center of the Rosatom (Saint-Petersburg), as well as the full-scope simulator of Floating NPP “Akademik Lomonosov” and the First-in-the-World NPP.

Talking about the nuclear power implementation in the countries of South Africa, one of the participants Mr.Idris Abdullahi Bakori, the Administration Director of Nigeria Atomic Energy Comission, said: «The nuclear power use is really unlimited. The needs of development are almost in every sector. Here we can speak about, power supply, agriculture preservation, water treatment, nuclear medicine. It might be used everywhere! So the biggest problem is that you don’t know what on to concentrate, because there is a lot to do».

For her part Ms Sylvia Goiri Wanjohi, Assistant National Liaison, Kenya Nuclear Electricity Board (KNEB), noted that, “This course has really enlightened me to help my country to know more. Moreover, I gathered the knowledge to educate my colleagues and can always refer to my lectures for the information. Also by getting to know people from different countries and different backgrounds, we developed a connection through which, we can always help and give a professional advice to each other. This course has been a very big help!”

The participant of previous of joint Rosatom-IAEA School Augustine Benni, Scientist, Principal Scientific Officer, Nigeria Atomic Energy Commission, estimated very highly the concept of such trainings. “This School has been very interesting, very educating. I like the way the program was structured: it covered all 19 infrastructure issues… the IAEA experts gave the guidelines and the Rosatom experts gave more of the practical knowledge, practical utilization of these issues. We had a visit to Leningrad NPP, to Rosatom Emergency Response Center and some other visits including cultural tours to some major landmarks of the city and suburbs. So, I really enjoyed the program, I’ve been well educated and also enjoyed being in the city of Saint Petersburg”.

Oszvald Glockler, the IAEA commissioner shared his impressions on the course: «The professional audience was really well prepared and I think the school was successful in terms of covering large area of topics important for nuclear energy and introducing nuclear energy in newcomer countries. I think the students learned a lot because they got an overview, summary of important issues. So many people with different background, so many cultures and countries came here because of the common idea -nuclear energy. It’s a mixed audience!»

«It was a big pleasure to be part of the mixed international audience and dive into the interesting information regarding all the spheres of nuclear management. The knowledge obtained is really useful and helpful in terms of every day work and nuclear power development in Kenya/ Nigeriа.The school was indeed an amazing experience».

While the excursion to the world’s first nuclear power plant, the guests were introduced to the history of the station’s creation and operation, about the formation and development of nuclear power. The goal of the school is to help middle managers and specialists involved in the development of nuclear infrastructure in acquiring the managerial and technical competencies necessary for the creation of national nuclear power programs in their countries. So the visit to the first nuclear power plant gave an overview to the history of nuclear power and the scientists and people involved in nuclear power development.

Mr. Oszvald Glockler pointed out: «We hope very much that we can continue with this school here in Russia and also in other parts of the world. One of the aims of IAEA is to support the newcomer countries, that we can share good practices providing all these opportunities for sustainable development, safe nuclear energy».

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