On June 13-17 the Moscow branch of Rosatom Technical Academy hosted joint Russia-IAEA Advanced Nuclear Energy Management School. The School involved 17 participants from 10 different countries including Egypt, Azerbaijan, Jordan, Bangladesh, Mongolia, Argentina, Laos, Tunisia and Armenia.
The School programme was traditionally aimed at deepening knowledge in nuclear licensing and regulation, nuclear energy policy, safety culture, nuclear fuel cycle, nuclear safety and security, nuclear safeguards, emergency preparedness and response, export control and other areas. The participants also had an opportunity to visit JSC ELEMASH Machine-Building Plant (MSZ), where they got acquainted with the fabrication of fuel pellets, rods, and assemblies for further supply to nuclear power plants.
Ms Tea Bilic, the nuclear knowledge management expert of the IAEA Nuclear Energy Department, and Mr Victor Mazepov, the Director of the Centre for International Cooperation, Rosatom Technical Academy, opened the School with their welcome speeches. The Russian expertise was represented by the executives from Rostechnadzor, JSC Rusatom Overseas, IUEC, JSC Rusatom Service, TENEX, JSC OKMB Afrikantov, and other organizations.
Lectures, panel discussions and open dialogue with Russian and international experts contributed to debating and understanding the key issues of management and leadership in national nuclear energy programmes implementation, while the technical tour to JSC MSZ demonstrated the high level of production, product fabrication technologies, quality control and safety.
The IAEA has been conducting Nuclear Energy Management Schools on a regular basis since 2010. The First Russia-IAEA School was held in 2016 at the St. Petersburg Branch of the Rosatom CICE&T (currently: Rosatom Technical Academy). Starting from 2017, NEM Schools in Russia have been conducted within the framework of the Agreement between ROSATOM and IAEA on extra-budgetary contribution of the Russian Federation to Technical Cooperation projects for the development of national nuclear infrastructure in newcomer countries. Upon the agreement with the IAEA Secretariat, Russia-IAEA NKM School is planned to be held at the St. Petersburg Branch of Rosatom Tech in August, 2022.