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Start of the Joint ROSATOM-IAEA Nuclear Energy Management School in Saint-Petersburg

Start of the Joint ROSATOM-IAEA Nuclear Energy Management School in Saint-Petersburg

Joint ROSATOM-IAEA Nuclear Energy Management School began at Saint-Petersburg branch of ROSATOM-CICE&T. The event is organized by the Russian State Atomic Energy Corporation “Rosatom” in cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency. It will be held until 16th September.

The purpose of the School is to provide a unique international educational experience aimed at building leadership in managing nuclear energy programs, particularly for newcomer countries that seek to develop nuclear power or other nuclear applications. This is the first time the Agency decided to hold an International School in Russia.

Representatives of more than twenty countries came to participate in the educational program in St. Petersburg. Among them: Algeria, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bolivia, Brazil, Ghana, Egypt, Zambia, Indonesia, Jordan, Cambodia, Kenya, Malaysia, Nigeria, Slovakia, Tunisia, Turkey, Ethiopia.

The School will consist of a series of keynote presentations by leading IAEA, Vienna International Nuclear Competence Centre (VINCC), ROSATOM experts.

“The School in this format is held in the Russian Federation for the first time – says the Director of Department of International Cooperation of ROSATOM-CICE&T Vladimir Artisiuk. – The way was long, starting with 2010 when they embarked on assisting newcomer countries in nuclear energy, and a year later a practical agreement was signed between ROSATOM-CICE&T, Concern “Rosenergoatom” and the IAEA. During five years we have gained experience of close cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency, conducted a series of courses for newcomers in Obninsk and Saint Petersburg. Now it is the beginning of a new stage. We work hard to ensure that the School would become an annual event. Russia has ambitious plans to export nuclear technology to newcomer countries, and the representatives of those countries wish to participate in such educational programs as the International School. [I would like to acknowledge the role of the IAEA and the role of the Project Office for the International Activities of the HR Department of Rosatom, and, of course, St. Petersburg branch of ROSATOM-CICE&T .] St. Petersburg was not chosen by chance to conduct the School – a reference NPP for many countries building a nuclear power plant of Russian design is the Leningrad NPP. Besides, 60 km from St. Petersburg, the cultural capital of Russia, a new nuclear power plant is being built. And this is the highlighted symbol of the Russian technologies safety”.

The Joint ROSATOM-IAEA Nuclear Energy Management School is held during two weeks and contains of series of lectures and practical sessions on topics relevant to managing nuclear energy programs. Also a special technical tour programs organized for all the participants which includes the construction site of Leningrad NPP 2, Emergency Response Center of Rosatom (St. Petersburg), the full-scope simulator of Floating NPP “Akademik Lomonosov” and the Nuclear Industry Information Center (NIIC) in Saint Petersburg.