Launch of cooperation between Russia and Ghana for Nuclear Education

A collaboration between the Tomsk Polytechnic University (TPU) of Russia and three universities in Ghana is set to provide world-class education to the postgraduate students of Ghana in nuclear-related courses in Russia. This was announced in a statement by ROSATOM, the Director of Educational Projects and the Human Resources Service at the State Atomic Energy Corporation, Mr. Valery Karezin on Saturday in Lagos.

The tuition fees are to be funded by the Ministry of Higher Education and Science of Russia throughout the course of education while ROSATOM will support the programs of nuclear education, Karezin said. He also said that Russia is also contributing to higher education development in the nuclear field and ROSATOM is putting efforts to strengthen corporation between Russian and African higher education institutions.

MOC, which stand for Memorandum of Cooperation, in the training of specialists to work for the nuclear industry of the nation is the framework for corporation between GAEC, the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission, and TPU. The memorandum was signed by the Director-General of GAEC, Prof. Benjamin Nyarka, and the Director of School of Nuclear Science and Engineering of TPU, Mr. Oleg Dolmatov on 11th of December 2019.

He said that it is a pleasure to partner with the Kumasi Technical University, University of Ghana, and the Kwame Nkrumah University of Energy and Natural Resource as these universities implement programs for nuclear education. All those Ghanian students who are interested to study and master the fields of nuclear energy in Russia will be supported under the Russia-funded scholarships covering their tuition fees.

He further said that subsidized accommodation, library services, as well as practical experience ar nuclear enterprises of Russia will be accessible to the students.

The collaboration between Ghana and ROSATOM will develop human resources as well as train personnel and carry out joint projects and researches. One of the purposes is to make sure that nuclear projects are accepted by public in Ghana. Joint infrastructure projects will also be implemented under this collaboration.

The Interim Chief Executive Officer of ROSATOM for Central and Southern Africa, Mr. Ryan Collyer, said the main purpose of these scholarships is to support the African students, scientists, and engineers who are interested in the nuclear research.