On October 24, 2017 Rosatom Technical Academy (Rosatom Tech) and Ain Shams University (ASU) from the Arab Republic of Egypt signed a Memorandum of Understanding confirming the intention to work together towards development of Egyptian nuclear education system. The ceremony was held at the headquarters of Rosatom Tech in Obninsk. This important step in cooperation of the two organizations happened only in three months after the first visit of ASU’s top-management team to Rosatom Tech during the International Conference «Capacity Building for Nuclear Industry: New Challenges in the Era of Globalization».
“This is a historical moment. The fruitful cooperation between our nations has a long story – said Prof. Abdel Wahab Ezzat, President of ASU – and today we continue this tradition in the field of nuclear education and training”.
The Ain Shams University was presented by Prof. Abdel Wahab Ezzat (President), Prof. Dr. Mohamed Sherif Alkotb Mohamed Ahmed (Director, Projects Development, Innovation and Intellectual Property Centre), Prof. Dr. Mona Fouad Hassan Mohamed (Dean, Faculty of Languages) and Prof. Dr. Esraa Abdelsayed Hassan Mohamed (Professor, Faculty of language). The delegation was accompanied by the organizer of the visit – Ms. Victoria Mitinskaya (Training Magager, Organization & Project Management Department, Rusatom Overseas).
In the framework of the project «International cooperation in nuclear education» realized by the State Atomic Energy Corporation “Rosatom” (ROSATOM) the Rosatom Tech facilitates cooperation between universities of partner countries and ROSATOM supporting universities towards establishment of joint educational programmes, which will help to build the required human capacity for the national NPP projects. A MoU between a foreign university and Rosatom Tech is the first step on the way towards creating strong educational programmes in nuclear field. The memorandum signed with Ain Shams University encompasses first of all training the faculty staff (train-the-trainers) and support in establishment of educational programmes, as well as exchange of students, lecturers and training materials if need arises.
Right after the official ceremony the representatives of Rosatom Tech and ASU sat down at the negotiating table to establish the work plan for the joint activities. Specially for this meeting Rosatom Tech had invited representatives from one of the ROSATOM supporting universities – Tomsk Polytechnic University (TPU). According to the agreed plan, during 2017-2018 Rosatom Tech together with partners from Russian universities and industry will train up to 8 groups of ASU’s faculty members (train-the-trainers) on the topics related to various aspects of nuclear technology and the methodology of development of corresponding educational modules. TPU and ASU agreed upon a plan towards establishment of a joint programme in accordance with the input qualification requirements ROSATOM sets for NPP personnel training.
The programme of the ASU delegation’s visit to Rosatom Tech included also a technical tour to the Certification and Testing Laboratory of the Global Nuclear Safety and Security Institute of Rosatom Tech, where they were acquainted with the equipment used for testing technical means of physical protection of nuclear facilities.
Ain Shams University (ASU) is a public and non-profit university pioneer in the field of education, training and research. It seeks to use all of its capabilities and capacities to enrich the experiences of students relying on the scientific and intellectual experiences for undergraduate and post graduate. It develops the academic programmes and courses constantly to enhance the innovation solutions against the challenges of the economic growth. The development of the academic programs to create mutual awareness between researchers and the community to develop research and pay locomotive production and raise the national innovation system development rates in order to be able to adapt to everything occurring on the local and international scene.
Tomsk Polytechnic University (TPU) was established in 1896 as the first engineering school in Russia’s Siberia and the Far East. Today TPU is one of Russia’s leading public research universities which places special emphasis on advanced engineering education, creation of resource-efficient technologies, internationalization and integration of research and academic activities. TPU is the only Russian academic institution operating a nuclear reactor on campus for educational purposes, and the only University in Russia running an educational Master programme in nuclear science and engineering fully in English language – “Nuclear Power Installations Operation”.
Rusatom Overseas is a ROSATOM Group company responsible for the promotion of integrated offer to projects on construction of nuclear power plants and centers of nuclear science and technologies in foreign markets. The key objectives of Rusatom Overseas are to continuously build up the overseas order portfolio on behalf of the companies of the ROSATOM Group and to maintain Russia’s leading position in the global nuclear market.