A train-the-trainers course for university faculty members entitled “Research Reactors and Cyclotrons. Application, Infrastructure, Educational Programmes” was stared on October 27th, 2018 in Tomsk. The course is organized in cooperation with Tomsk Polytechnic University (TPU) in the framework of the agreement between Rosatom Technical Academy and TPU and under support of the ROSATOM project “International Cooperation in the Field of Nuclear Education”. 8 trainees are participating in the course representing 5 countries: Bolivia and Zambia (which have signed agreements with ROSATOM on construction of Centres of Nuclear Science and Technology), Egypt, Nigeria, and Serbia. The training is aimed at professors, lecturers and researchers involved in initiation or development of nuclear curricula in universities of the countries embarking on nuclear programmes, in particular, seeking to develop Centres of Nuclear Science and Technology (CNST) with a research reactor and a cyclotron.
The objective of the course is to help faculty members in enhancing their knowledge of technology and application of research reactors and cyclotrons for industrial and educational purposes and in developing of corresponding educational modules. Also, this course is aimed at exercising the mechanism of contract training of the CNST personnel, which will involve universities MEPhI and TPU.
The opening addresses were delivered by TPU, Rosatom Tech and JSC “Rusatom Healthcare” presenting the activities in the field of radiation technologies in medicine and specifics of nuclear infrastructure development for CNST.
The feature of this course is its focus on the practical application of research reactors and cyclotrons in industry, medicine, and in the educational process – trainees will participate in technical tours to the TPU’s research reactor IRT-T, cyclotron R-7M, radiopharmaceutical laboratories, and radiological canyon of the Tomsk Regional Oncology Center. The course also includes workshops on the methodology of practical training for students. The IRT-T pool-type 6 MW research reactor is the only Russian operating university research reactor available for training of international students and specialists. The practical training of international students is being implemented in the framework of the TPU English-language master’s programme “Nuclear Science and Technology” which has three profiles: «Nuclear Power Engineering», «Nuclear Medicine», and «Safety, Security and Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Materials». The first graduation of the international students was in 2017.
The course “Research Reactors and Cyclotrons. Application, Infrastructure, Educational Programmes” stands in the line of Rosatom Tech’s activities aimed at building the capacity in international training in the field of radiation technologies. In 2019, besides the train-the-trainers courses, Rosatom Tech has plans to hold the WNU School on Radiation Technologies organized by the World Nuclear University (WNU) in cooperation the International Atomic Energy Agency.
Under the ROSATOM project “International Cooperation in the Field of Nuclear Education”, Rosatom Technical Academy consolidates and operates the proposals of Russian organizations working in the field of nuclear education aimed at assistance in the development of national nuclear education system in partner countries and cooperation between Russian and local universities in support of national nuclear programmes. In the framework of the activities Rosatom Tech provides a platform for cooperation between universities of partner-countries and Russia; cooperates with the Association of ROSATOM Partner and Supporting Universities (MEPhI, Tomsk Polytechnic University, Ural Federal University, Nizhny Novgorod State Technical University, Moscow State University, etc.) and international universities and colleges (Belarus, Egypt, European Union, Japan, Vietnam, South Africa etc.); develops new generation of English-language textbooks on nuclear technologies as the base for nuclear curricula; provides train-the-trainer courses for faculty staff from universities of partner countries; assists in the development of joint educational programmes on nuclear technologies between Russian and national universities of partner countries.