Nuclear-savvy Russian outfits to groom Kenyan students

Russian 23000E Shtorm carrier. Photo : Krylovsky State Research Center (KRSC)

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (ADV) – Two Russian nuclear-savvy universities are accepting applications from Kenyan students up to 15 February to pursue undergraduate studies in Nuclear Science, sources said Monday.

National Research Nuclear University (MEPhI) in Central Russia and Tomsk Polytechnic University (TPU) in Siberia will play host to only two of Kenya’s most suitable students.

The opportunity is being provided by Rosatom, one of Russia’s nuclear energy corporations.

In a statement issued in Nairobi, Rosatom Central and Southern Africa’s chief executive Dmitry Shornikov said the offer was intended to help develop Kenya’s capacity in nuclear engineering.

Local media said the offer comes at a time when Kenya was contemplating on rolling out of a nuclear energy plant programme in to ease energy costs.

MEPhI has more than 75 years’ expertise in nuclear engineering and has been a key partner of Rosatom in the field of training nuclear specialists.

The institution currently hosts 1,500 foreign students from 57 countries, including 50 students from sub-Saharan Africa.

Similarly, TPU boasts of being the only Russian university equipped with a nuclear research reactor that was commissioned in July 1967.

It is now used for peaceful atom technologies such as nuclear medicine, transmutation neutron alloying, isotope engineering, thorium power engineering.

Reports say Rosatom is an integrated clean energy solution firm for the entire nuclear supply chain.

This ranges from design, build and operation of nuclear power stations, uranium mining, conversion and enrichment, the supply of nuclear fuel, decommissioning, spent fuel storage and transportation and safe nuclear waste disposal.

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