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Knowledge Management and Nuclear Education in Russia

International Conference on Knowledge Management and Innovation - RKM 2012
3–6 December 2012, Moscow, Russia (Photo: Rosatom)

Knowledge Management and Nuclear Education in Russia

During his visit to the Russian Federation on 3-7 December 2012, Mr Alexander Bychkov, IAEA Deputy Director General for Nuclear Energy, visited nuclear educational institutions in Moscow and Obninsk, as well as the Nuclear Energy State Corporation Rosatom.

Rosatom Knowledge Management Conference - RKM 2012

On 3 December, Mr Bychkov gave a welcoming address at the International Conference on Knowledge Management and Innovation: Lessons Learned from Technology Leaders (RKM 2012), hosted by Rosatom in Moscow. The conference examined the special role of knowledge management in nuclear innovations. “The IAEA’s priorities include consideration of innovative technologies and sharing best practices among Member States”, said Mr. Bychkov, highlighting the activities of the IAEA Department of Nuclear Energy in this area including the International Project on Innovative Nuclear Reactors and Fuel Cycles (INPRO). During the conference, Mr Bychkov also led a ‘Master Class’ on nuclear innovation for the participants. 

The Russian Federation is a major resource on nuclear knowledge that would be useful to other countries, particularly those embarking on a new nuclear power programme. Mr Bychkov also attended a seminar organized by Rosatom to train experts in the 19 nuclear power infrastructure issues addressed in the IAEA’s Milestones approach. Some of the trained experts will be nominated as candidates for future Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review (INIR) missions. This is in response to a request by the IAEA to countries with operating nuclear power programmes, to provide senior experts who can share their experience with ‘newcomer’ countries.

MEPhI – Moscow and Obninsk

A lecture for students and faculty of the National Research Nuclear University (MEPhI) in Moscow was also on Mr Bychkov’s agenda. On 4 December, he addressed prospects for nuclear energy development in the world, explained the work of the IAEA and highlighted its activities to support countries embarking on new nuclear power programmes. “We also have a programme to train students and young specialists from Member States”, said Mr Bychkov, referring to the IAEA’s internship programme.

MEPhI is one of the most recognized technical universities in the Russian Federation. Known as the Moscow Engineering Physics Institute from 1953 to 2009, it then was granted the status of National Research University, focusing on higher education in the nuclear field. 

On 5 December, Mr Bychkov visited two branches of MEPhI in Obninsk: one is focused on higher education in nuclear engineering, also training future experts from embarking countries such as Belarus, Bangladesh, Turkey and Vietnam. The other is the education centre on nuclear security and physical protection. Through this centre, the IAEA offers training courses for specialists on nuclear security and protection of nuclear installations.

CICET - Obninsk

The Central Institute for Continuing Education and Training (CICET) in Obninsk, which has a Practical Arrangement with the IAEA in nuclear education and training, also welcomed the Deputy Director General during his trip to Russia. “CICET has developed good relations with some newcomer countries and is training managers, safety specialists and other specialists for the nuclear power industry”, said Mr Bychkov. 

As a result of this Practical Arrangements, 86 specialists from newcomer countries have been trained at CICET so far; this included also ‘hands-on’ training at Russian nuclear power plants, and a four-month course on nuclear safety issues was developed especially for experts from embarking countries. A pilot course for participants from Vietnam was held earlier in 2012.

Moscow University

Another institution which has a Practical Arrangement with the IAEA is the Moscow University, particularly in the area of radiochemistry and treatment of radioactive waste. During a site visit to the University’s Chemistry Department, new equipment for R&D in radiochemistry was demonstrated. “The IAEA’s Waste Technology Section and Moscow University started cooperation last October with training courses in the area of waste treatment for participants from Russian speaking countries”, explained Mr Bychkov.

Last update: Feb 4, 2013 8:40:33 AM