Rosatom Technical Academy, World Nuclear University sign agreement on Radiation Technologies School

As part of preparation for the Centre of Nuclear Science and Technology being built in Chongwe, near Lusaka, Rosatom Technical Academy and the World Nuclear University (WNU) have signed an agreement to hold a specialised WNU School on radiation technologies in Russia in 2019.

The agreement, which is within the framework of the international Nordic Nuclear Forum that was held in Helsinki (Finland) this month, was signed by the World Nuclear Association Director General and WNU President Ms. Agneta Rising and Rector of Rosatom Technical Academy Mr. Yuriy N. Seleznev. The school is a two-week programme of lectures and practical sessions delivered by distinguished experts in the field of radiation application and isotope production. It is held biennially by the WNU in collaboration with the IAEA (the previous School was organised in 2017 in Sao Paulo, Brazil), with the agency providing the school with financial support through scholarships.

In 2019, the school will be held in Obninsk, Russia’s first science city, becoming a significant step in the establishment of a system for training personnel for future Centers of Nuclear Science and Technology (CNSTs).

It is planned to invite participants from countries that are potential recipients of CNSTs to demonstrate the capacities Obninsk possesses in operating research reactors (Karpov Scientific Research Institute of Physics and Chemistry, NIFKhI), isotope production (IPPE), their application in medicine (A. Tsyb Medical Radiological Research Center, MRRC) and agriculture (Russian Institute of Agricultural Radiology and Argoecology, RIARAE). Registrations for RT WNU School are now open, please click here.

On May 15, 2018, the Republic of Zambia and Russian State Nuclear Corporation ROSATOM signed a general contract for the construction of a Centre for Nuclear Science and Technology (CNST) in Chongwe in Rural Lusaka.  The project will be implemented in several stages within 3-6 years from the work commencement date under the contract.  Construction of the center is the first joint project of Russia and Zambia in the field of nuclear technologies.
“The establishment of The Centre for Nuclear Science and Technology will be useful for training of personnel for nuclear programmes. It is also important to note that there will be other resultant benefits such as increased foreign exchange earnings, creation of employment opportunities, gaining access to the international markets for Zambia’s agricultural products and increased competitiveness and viability of Zambian industries,’ said the Minister of Higher Education, Hon. Prof. Nkandu Luo.

The research reactor (RR) is the heart of a Centre for Nuclear Science and Technology. Globally 243 research reactors are in operation in 55 countries, including Ghana, Nigeria, Egypt, Morocco, Libya, Algeria, Congo and South Africa, and 10 more are now under construction. Zambia will become the 9th African country to possess a research reactor of 10 MW. Its main applications in industry are transport installations, seawater desalination, hydrogen production, district heating, industrial radiography and other non-destructive testing methods, material modification and security screening systems.

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