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“Train-the-Trainers” approach for start-up of nuclear education in new nuclear countries. The case of Belarusian universities

“Train-the-Trainers” approach for start-up of nuclear education in new nuclear countries. The case of Belarusian universities

On 15-19 August 2011 the Central Institute for Continuing Education & Training (hereinafter – CICET) organized a special training for teaching staff of technical universities of Republic of Belarus engaged in national nuclear educational programme supporting the national human resource development strategy for nuclear power. The course entitled “Reactor Island: Physics and Equipment, for Engineers” was provided by the CICET branch in Balakovo in association with the Personnel Training Center of Balakovo NPP. The objective of this training was to familiarize the university staff with the reactor equipment configuration and appliance, characteristics, Main Control Room, chemical shop equipment and main principles of safety standards at NPP and training programmes for the NPP personnel. The course was designed as a sequence of theoretical lectures followed by facility visits and exercises with the use of the full scale simulator.

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Training course has a special informative value for the design of national system of professional training for nuclear engineering in the Republic of Belarus focusing on the nuclear power development direction. Following the Systematic Approach to Training applied by CICET in the course development especially important appears the feedback of Belorussian professor from International Sakharov University Prof. Timoschenko:
“The course appeared to be very useful. It allowed to form a common view among instructors of International Sakharov Environment University about the operation of NPP with VVER type reactor. The knowledge gained will be used in teaching a professional disciplines at the specialty “Nuclear and Radiation Safety” in the Republic of Belarus. In the future it would be very useful to organize specialized courses depending on the areas of training in fuel management, pool loading and unloading, the organization of radiation control, the work of Nuclear Safety Department, arrangements for emergency response”.