On 11 October CICE&T hosted the delegation of Électricité de France (EDF, France) on request from Rosenergoatom. The delegation consisted of Henri Pelin (Deputy to Vice-President – International Projects), Jean-Luc His (International Business Manager), Michel Pradier (Senior Project Manager) and Gerard Bischoff (Ph.D. Nuclear Spectroscopy, MBA International Affairs). A.G.Krupsky, Director of Personnel Training Department of Rosenergoatom was in charge of this visit and coordinating the agreements between IAEA, CICE&T and Rosenergoatom signed on 19 September regarding mutual support in organizing training courses to develop human resources in emerging nuclear power states.
The EDF delegation was interested specifically in the CICE&T activity in this area. The French guests were received by Yu.N.Seleznev, Rector of CICE&T and V.V.Artisyuk, Director of International Center for NPP Personnel Training. The issues discussed at the meeting concerned training of personnel for nuclear power plants under construction in other countries. V.V.Artisyuk informed the visitors about the leading role of CICE&T in developing programs in assistance of setting up infrastructure in emerging nuclear power countries. The guests heard about the CICE&T mission and history (N.Airapetova) and presentations on various activities of CICE&T were made by heads of the key departments: Center for technical competencies (V.Aspidov), Center for psychological support to nuclear personnel (E.Volkov), Center for technical training aids (S.Usenko).
Both sides expressed their willingness to further develop the cooperation. The nearest goals are holding, within the Rosenergoatom-EDF cooperation program, a joint workshop in EDF in 2012 with a view to discuss possible involvement of industrial and operating organizations in training and continuing education and organizing a visit of experts from Rosenergoatom and CICE&T to the EDF personnel training centers in order to exchange experience. The delegation went to the first-in-the-world NPP in Obninsk and took pictures by the monument to Igor Kurchatov, founder of the nuclear industry in the Soviet Union. As part of the social program, they saw the battlefield by Maloyaroslavets where Russian and Napoleon troops clashed in 1812. Here, members of the delegation paid tribute to the memory of killed Russian and French soldiers.