As part of cooperation with Indonesia, on February 4, 2022, an online meeting was held between representatives of the Polytechnic Institute of Nuclear Technology of Indonesia (PINT) and the Rosatom Technical Academy.
During the meeting, the details of cooperation between the Rosatom Tech and PINT were discussed within the framework of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Rosatom Technical Academy and the Polytechnic Institute, as well as the project "International cooperation with the Republic of Indonesia", implemented by the Technical Academy. First, the results of work in 2021 were summed up. During this time, a lot of work has been done to organize and conduct a series of online lectures on various aspects of nuclear technology, including such topics as: radiation safety and protection in industry, radioactive waste management technologies in Russia, nuclear reactor/facility maintenance technology and reactor aging management, modern trends of industrial research and development in the field of radiation technologies application. Additionally, at the request of the Indonesian Nuclear Society, an online lecture on climate change and the contribution of nuclear energy to fighting it was organized. In total, more than 300 students from various departments and educational institutions of the Republic of Indonesia took part in the lectures. In addition, last year several participants from the Indonesian side successfully completed two courses in the “Train-The-Trainers” format: “Multipurpose Irradiation Centre as a Component of Centre of Nuclear Science and Technology” and “Research Reactors and Cyclotrons. Application, Infrastructure, Educational Programmes”. Representatives of both sides also noted that many joint events planned for 2021 were postponed due to the difficult epidemiological situation and are now scheduled to be held in 2022 as soon as the situation with COVID-19 allows.
“Despite the serious restrictions associated with the spread of the coronavirus infection, we managed to implement almost everything planned in the cooperation plan for 2021 online. This is a great job of our Indonesian partners, and we are grateful for such support and effective cooperation. A large number of events are planned for this year, and we are sure that together we will be able to realize everything planned,” said Pavel Zhuravlev, Vice-Rector-Director of the Department for International Cooperation and International Business Development.
The second half of the meeting was devoted to plans for cooperation between the parties for 2022. Participants mapped out an extensive pool of training activities. In particular, it is planned to organize commercial training on the topics of public acceptance of nuclear power and non-power applications of nuclear technologies, the participation of Indonesian specialists and students in training courses in the “Train-The-Trainers” format, as well as the organization of educational online lectures for PINT students on general nuclear industry issues. In addition, the possibility of participation of employees and graduate students of the Polytechnic Institute in joint educational programs implemented by the flagship universities of the ROSATOM in cooperation with the Technical Academy is being considered. Additionally, at the request of the Indonesian side, it is planned to organize a visit of an expert team from the Rosatom Tech to the PINT educational and research facilities in order to assess the possibility of developing not only cooperation in the field of education, but also in research activities.
Director of PINT, Dr. Mukhtadan emphasized: “We are grateful to our colleagues from the Rosatom Technical Academy for the possibility of such bilateral cooperation. The topics of the training events held last year were relevant, and the lectures themselves turned out to be very interesting and useful for our students. I hope that this year we will be able to conduct even more various training courses and not only in an online format”.
At the end of the meeting, the participants expressed mutual gratitude for the fruitful bilateral cooperation and noted that this kind of collaboration not only contributes to the sustainable development of partner countries and the formation of a competent expert community of the parties, but also contributes to improving the image of nuclear energy in general.
Cooperation with the Republic of Indonesia is implemented within the framework of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Rosatom Technical Academy and the Polytechnic Institute of Nuclear Technologies PINT, signed in December 2020, as well as through the innovative project "International cooperation with the Republic of Indonesia 2021-2025".