On June 4-th 2013, the IAEA Deputy Director General, Director of the Department of Technical Cooperation Mr.Aning visited Central Institute for Continuing Education&Training (CICET). The visit was organized by the Department of International Cooperation of the State Atomic Energy Corporation “ROSATOM” (Mr. D. Ulanov and Mr. M.Litvinov) to discuss the current status of IAEA-CICET joint activities and potential for further cooperation. The CICET Rector Dr.Seleznev informed Mr.Aning about CICET positioning in the structure of ROSATOM and the strategy of the CICET development. Starting from September 2011, after the 55-th Session of the IAEA GA when there were signed the Practical Arrangements with IAEA and ROSATOM DG Mr.Kirienko announced the establishment of the International Training Centre at CICET to support HRD in emerging countries, CICET has been making its efforts in the following main directions:
- Development of the training materials and conducting trainings to support nuclear infrastructure development in emerging nuclear countries;
- Train the new generation of trainers especially focusing on trainings in international environments;
- Train the experts to support international missions in emerging countries;
- Bringing the CICET assets to international standards.
In 2012-2013 the development of training courses in CICET was performed in the framework of the task-orders approved by JSC “Rusatom overseas”- the leading ROSATOM organization responsible for international business and introduction of Russian nuclear technologies in new-comer countries. In 2012 there were developed 2 courses “Basic course on safety of nuclear technologies” and “Simulator application for safety analysis” to build up the technical competences of a regulatory body personnel. Both courses were piloted in 2012 for technical specialists from Vietnam, mainly for VARANS – Vietnam Agency for Radiation and Nuclear Safety. The duration of the courses was 540 and 156 academic hours, respectively. In 2013 the following courses were approved by “Rusatom Overseas” for development in CICET: NPP Safety Analysis based on PSAR, Assessment of VVER safety, Specifics of VVER Design, Radiation Safety, Polices and Regulation in Decommissioning, Risk Management and Financial issues. Both in the courses development and their piloting the CICET newly hired staff was engaged and this was the part of the train-the-trainer approach – experts from leading Russian organizations transferred their competences to the young trainers with fluent English. On the CICET platform JSC “Rusatom Overseas” has also initiated specialized training of Russian experts who assist managers of national nuclear power plant programmes in the elaboration of strategies and plans to develop each of 19 infrastructure issues. For implementation of these tasks in a recipient country Russian experts should be both highly qualified and skilled and know international documents. The selection criteria were their technical competence and good knowledge of the English language, so that the communication with partners can be performed without interpreter. CICET faculty members provided the learning platform for Russian experts in getting knowledge on the essential of the IAEA Milestone Approach, IAEA Guidelines and Recommendations on establishing nuclear infrastructure and shared their experience in cooperation with recipient countries. Russian experts based upon their experience and best Russian practices are to prepare road map for each element of nuclear infrastructure including structure, functions, form of training courses to support development of a particular infrastructure issue and elaborate on a list of associated education and training services including internship and on-the-job training. These issues were presented by Prof. Vladimir Artisiuk.
Another important aspect discussed was the implementation of Systematic Approach to Training (SAT). This issue was presented by Ms.Natalia Shulepova who shared the experience accumulated in CICET in providing training for the instructors of Material Protection, Control and Accounting (MPC&A) in SAT. It is worthwhile to note that this activity has been ongoing in CICET in cooperation with Battelle Memorial Institute, Pacific Northwest Division in the framework of Basic Ordering Agreement between the USA and Russia in Safe and Secure Transportation, Storage and Destruction of Weapons and the Prevention of Weapons Proliferation (as of June 1992). In addition to cooperation with the USA CICET as an affiliated member of European Nuclear Education Network Association (ENEN) pursues the goal of mutual recognition of training programmes in the framework of ENEN-RU activities recently has investigated the applicability of the approach realized in European Credit System for Vocational Education and Training (ECVET) to develop and fulfil SAT-based job profiles that is to pick out the competencies associated with particular job positions. Essential point here is the lack of the commonly accepted terminology on NPP jobs. Mr. P. Yurkin – the assistant of the IAEA DDG during this visit pointed out this issue and Ms. Shulepova informed him about the ongoing development of Multilanguage Glossary in CICET.
Mr.Dmitry Bakhturin, the CICET project leader, presented the Center of Competence Development (CCD) for Back-End Stages of Nuclear Facilities with focus on the international project “Improving the capabilities towards the implementation of integrated programs for the remediation of uranium mining and processing legacy sites” that is supposed to be the regional IAEA project in support of eastern European and former Soviet Union republics. The key goal for the project discussed is to improve practical competencies among remediation practitioners with respect to designing, managing and implementing remediation programs on the territories affected by uranium mining and processing. Managerial and technical competencies, that are to be obtained during the practical training courses, will contribute to facilitate the integrated implementation of remediation activities in states concerned. The “core” of the project – 4 similar 72hrs Training Courses (during 2 years), it is expected to train ~ 60 remediation practitioners (managers and specialists) within the project. It is necessary to point out that this regional project is supported also by the Interstate Target Programme “Remediation of the Territory of Countries – the Members of EvroAzEs Affected by Uranium Production” that was presented by the Head of Division of International Cooperation Department Mr.M.Litvinov.
At the end of the visit Mr.Aning took a short tour to see the CICET facilities for study and accommodation. Special attention was given to facilities in the International Training Centre and the CICET hotel with special rooms for religious services and kitchens where trainees could make a cooking in accordance with their national and religious preferences.