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IAEA, Rosatom Technical Academy to Cooperate to Strengthen Knowledge Management and Nuclear Security

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Mikhail Chudakov, IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Nuclear Energy, Yuri Seleznev, Rector of Rosatom Technical Academy and Juan Carlos Lentijo, IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Nuclear Safety and Security, at the signing of an agreement designating Rosatom Tech as an IAEA Collaborating Centre in the field of knowledge management and human resources development for nuclear energy and nuclear security. (Photo: D. Calma/IAEA)

The IAEA and Russia’s Rosatom Technical Academy (Rosatom Tech) have agreed to work together to help Member States strengthen knowledge management and human resources development for nuclear energy and nuclear security.

An agreement signed during the recent IAEA General Conference designates Rosatom Tech as an IAEA Collaborating Centre. The agreement, valid until 2023, formalizes and expands cooperation between Rosatom Tech and IAEA.

“Sustainable use of nuclear energy and other nuclear science and technology depends on expertise, knowledge, and skills being passed on to the incoming workforce as well as to countries that are considering introducing the use of nuclear power,” said Deputy Director General Juan Carlos Lentijo, Head of the IAEA Department of Safety and Security. “This cooperation will enable the IAEA to better assist Member States as they strengthen their nuclear security and safety systems and measures.”

Under the new agreement, the Rosatom Tech and IAEA will develop Russian language training materials based on the IAEA Nuclear Security Series and use these in a training courses for Russian-speaking participants. The material and courses will focus on good practices in knowledge sharing.

“The designation of the new Collaborating Centre that integrates efforts in the field of nuclear infrastructure and nuclear security, and the implementation of the planned actions until 2023 will provide a synergy effect in meeting growing needs of the IAEA Member States and will make available greater opportunities for the exchange of experience and best practices,” said Yuri Seleznev, the rector of Rosatom Technical Academy.

By combining capacity building in knowledge management with training in physical protection and other nuclear security systems and measures, the training approach will help integrate security considerations into all aspects of the nuclear energy industry.

“The initiative will help ensure that specialists in knowledge management and human resource development are up to date on the latest developments in countries with nuclear new build programmes and activities,” said Mikhail Chudakov, IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Nuclear Energy. “It will also facilitate the opportunity for technical experts from Rosatom to support Knowledge Management Assist Visits and International Nuclear Management Academy education programmes.”

In June 2020, Rosatom Tech will host an IAEA Regional School on Nuclear Security for Russian-speaking participants.

The Agency collaborates with the designated Member State institutions to promote the sustainable benefits of safe and secure peaceful application of nuclear science and technology. Rosatom Tech is one of the four Collaborating Centres in the field on Nuclear Security.

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