Russian Nuclear Education Ambassadors was birthed by Rosatom two years ago to promote Russian nuclear education all over the world and address the issue of low power generation in some countries in Africa. This year, they’ve gathered more than a hundred participants at the qualifying stage, and 26 students from 14 countries, including a number of African states,
The participants completed four training programs to develop presentation skills, public speaking skills and social media skills and also had the opportunity to meet the leaders of Rosatom.
The Nuclear education program was launched as a way of mastering the advanced achievements of nuclear science as it gained popularity in African countries. To make the potential of nuclear technologies come true, Africa critically needs their own qualified specialists in this field. The task of their training is currently being solved by the Russian state corporation Rosatom in partnership with the leading Russian universities.
According to Prince Asabi Boakye from Ghana, graduate in nuclear science from Tomsk Polytechnic University, with the help of nuclear ambassadors, African students can gain more knowledge to implement in their native countries.
Тhis July, Bertha Mumba from Zambia graduated from Moscow Engineering Physics Institute with the engineering degree in nuclear energy. Bertha confessed that she didn’t know much about nuclear technology before coming to Russia: “The only nuclear item I’ve known were nuclear bombs. When I heard the news that Zambia had decided to go nuclear, I was concerned, and I had to do some research on the subject. That’s when I discovered that nuclear technology is much more than most people realize”.
Applicants from all over the world choose Russian technical universities due to the high quality of education, great career prospects, affordable cost of education, the possibility of studying in English and the availability of dual degree programs, when a student receives a diploma with both a Russian and a foreign university. The nuclear education program not only includes nuclear energy, but also various non-energy applications of nuclear technology including agriculture, healthcare, transportation, water resources and the environment protection.
“My native country has started to build up a lot of factories, and most of them need high electric power for operation. Nuclear energy has been the country’s choice. It is therefore prudent to promote nuclear education in order for it to be accepted by many citizens when the main project commences”, – says the Nuclear Education Ambassador from Ghana.
It is our responsibility as project participants to spread the word about the benefits of nuclear technology, adds his colleague from Zambia Bertha Mumba. Early identification of Ebola in Africa is aided by nuclear tools, as she reminds, and now scientists use nuclear technology to study and handle environmental challenges such as climate change more efficiently.
Russian nuclear education will give a student a variety of real-world skills, summarizes Bertha. “Ask questions to learn more about nuclear power and what it entails, – she recommends. – Participate in group meetings, discuss ideas and communicate with other participants. Never stop learning and having a good time”.