By virtue of the agreement signed by Alexey Likhachev, the Rosatom CEO, during his visit to Kurchatov Institute National Research Centre (KI NRC), foreign students who pursue careers in nuclear research centres will be able to study in the English language.
The agreement was signed between Rosatom, the Petersburg Nuclear Physics Institute (PNPI, one of the entities managed by the KI NRC) and the St. Petersburg State University (SPbGU). This document is the first of its kind. Rosatom has never before provided English-language education at the existing field-specific schools.
Teaching nuclear physics in English will reduce the degree term considerably, while alleviating the difficulty of comprehending and memorizing the sophisticated theory. From now on, an advanced Russian will not be a must for foreign students. This allows to extend the geographic reach substantially, making it possible to involve much more students from the foreign countries that have taken on the nuclear energy development. Furthermore, the implementation of English-language courses can increase the competitiveness of the Russian nuclear industry on the global education market with respect to nuclear physics disciplines.
During the visit, Alexey Likhachev also met Mikhail Kovalchuk, the KI NRC President, and the scientific, the technological, and the research infrastructures of the Institute were introduced to Likhachev. He also congratulated the KI NRC team on the 70th anniversary of F-1 Reactor start-up.