Russia, Ghana to cooperate on nuclear education

University students from three Ghanaian universities are set to benefit from nuclear education programs from Russia’s Tomsk Polytechnic University commencing this month.

Upcoming Ghanaian engineers, physicists, doctors and researchers will receive world-class masters and postgraduate education in nuclear subjects in Russia. The tuition fees for the full duration of education will be funded by the Russian Ministry of Higher Education and Science. The nuclear education programs is supported by the State Atomic Energy Corporation, ROSATOM.

The Memorandum of Cooperation was signed by Ghana Atomic Energy Commission Director General Professor Benjamin Nyarka and the TPU Director of School of Nuclear Science & Engineering Mr. Oleg Dolmatov.

Mr. Valery Karezin, Director of Educational Projects and the HR Service at ROSATOM, said: “About 300 students from more than 15 African countries are already studying nuclear specialties in Russia. We also contribute to the development of higher education in the field, strengthening cooperation between higher education institutions in Russia and Africa”.

Mr. Dolmatov noted: “We are happy to see among our partners University of Ghana, Kumasi Technical University and Kwame Nkrumah University of Energy and Natural Resource which implement nuclear education programs. They will have our support in granting Ghanaian students interested in studying nuclear energy related fields in Russia Russia-funded scholarships that include tuition fees. Students have access to subsidized accommodation, library funds and practical experience at Russian nuclear enterprises”.

In his speech at the signing ceremony, Professor Nyarko noted the interest of Ghana to cooperate with the State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom both in training personnel and developing human resources, as well as in joint projects to ensure public acceptability of nuclear projects in Ghana, conducting joint research and implementing joint infrastructure projects.

Mr. Ryan Collyer, interim CEO of Rosatom Central and Southern Africa noted: “The goal of the scholarships is to support interest in nuclear research and capabilities among young African scientists and engineers, and contribute to solving some of the world's most critical issues in the nearest future, allowing for the continent to industrialize, boost its economy and become self-sufficient”.

TPU is the only Russian university equipped with a IRT-T nuclear research reactor available for foreign students to conduct research and experiments. In over 60 years, more than 12 000 specialists graduated from TPU, including 8 000 trained in nuclear engineering and research. TPU offers Bachelor’s Degrees in Nuclear Physics and Technology; a Master’s Degree in Nuclear Power Installations Operation, Nuclear Medicine; and a Postgraduate Degree in Nuclear, Thermal and Renewable Energy and Related Technologies, all conducted in English language.

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