On September 16th 2016 the certificates were given to participants symbolizing the successful finish of a two-week intense training programme of the first Joint ROSATOM-IAEA Nuclear Energy Management School (NEMS) which ran from 05 to 16 September 2016 and was hosted by Saint-Petersburg branch of ROSATOM-CICE&T. The event was organized by the Russian State Atomic Energy Corporation “Rosatom” in cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency with the purpose of building leadership in managing nuclear energy programmes, particularly in newcomer countries that seek to develop nuclear power or other nuclear applications. The directors of the School were IAEA DDG NE Mr. Mikhail Chudakov from the Agency side and Vice-rector ROSATOM-CICE&T Prof. Vladimir Artisiuk from the ROSATOM side.
Professionals being future and current nuclear leaders from eighteen countries acquired detailed insights on nuclear power and an overview of the nuclear sector in the global context. IAEA, international and ROSATOM experts specializing in various fields shared their experience and best practices regarding various issues covering technical, legal, financial and societal aspects of national nuclear programmes. The course introduced the participants to a range of topics on the use of nuclear energy, such as issues of nuclear infrastructure development, safety culture management, advances in reactor technologies and nuclear knowledge management. The Joint ROSATOM-IAEA NEMS serves as an effective tool to transfer the management experience and knowledge.
“This School has been very interesting, very educating. I like the way the programme was structured: it covered all 19 infrastructure issues… the IAEA experts gave the guidelines and the ROSATOM experts gave more of the practical knowledge, practical utilization of this issues. We had a visit to Leningrad NPP, to ROSATOM Emergency Response Center and some other visits including cultural tours to some major landmarks of the city and suburbs. So, I really enjoyed the programme, I’ve been well educated and also enjoyed being in the city of Saint Petersburg”, – Augustine BENNI, Scientist, Principal Scientific Officer, Nigeria Atomic Energy Commission, Nigeria.
Not only the lectures were included in the programme, but practical training as well, such as the unique NKM Business Simulation Game, where participants experienced on their own cost the need of knowledge preservation and sharing within nuclear industry stakeholders; and a group work called “Infrastructure Development” where the trainees were brainstorming solutions to overcome the main problems in development of nuclear infrastructure issues, such as National position, Management, Legal framework, Regulatory framework and Human resource development – the ones which more commonly have recommendations during the INIR missions according to the six years of experience in INIR (IAEA TECDOC No. 1779).
“The school was not just for training the participants on the technical side, but they trained us in the field of economic feasibility of a NPP project. I think this school gave a good presentation both from the theoretical point of view and from the practical point of view: the group working sessions on nuclear infrastructure development were good to build up our knowledge on how newcomer countries like Malaysia should plan for a nuclear power programme utilizing the IAEA milestone approach guidelines” – Jonathan TAN, Assistant Manager – Economist, Malaysia Nuclear Power Corporation, Malaysia.
“This course was very useful especially for newcomer countries. The strong point of this course was the NKM business game simulation because it involved all of our skills and forced us to implement them in hands-on sessions which almost approached the real life situation when we are making decisions in a project”. – Alim MARDHI – Researcher at Center for Reactor Technology and Nuclear Safety, BATAN, Indonesia.
Even though lectures and practical sessions are very important, the informativity of the experience of real industry facilities should not be underestimated. In this regard, several technical tours were organized during the School. The participants had an opportunity to visit the construction site of Leningrad NPP 2 (VVER-1200 reactors) experiencing the reactor hall, turbine hall and the full-scope simulators of operated and constructed units. Also the trainees visited the 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.
More information can be found at the School’s web page http://rosatomtech.com/nem-school/