LUSAKA, (CAJ News) – The New International Youth Nuclear Forum, arranged with the support of
Rosatom, took place in Obninsk from September, 21 to September, 23.
More than 500 experts, young scientists and specialists from more than
70 countries, including many from Africa, gathered at the venue.
They discussed global challenges faced by the industry on the path to
creation of the future based on the sustainable development principles
as well as the prospects for development of nuclear and related
sciences, arrangement of the new system for training of the industry
specialists and their career management.
In his speech to the forum participants Alexey Likhachev, Director
General of Rosatom, explained “As the nuclear industry has stemmed from
science, thoroughly trained specialists are very important for its
further development and creation of the sustainable future”.
“We are arranging the global nuclear education. It is the youth that
must define what education should be like tomorrow and
over-tomorrow. Our mission is to help the youth in this work. That is
why today we are arranging a unique international scientific and
educational platform in Obninsk together with National Nuclear Research
University MEPhI – the leader of the Consortium of Rosatom Flagship
Universities – in order to train specialists for the future nuclear
projects”, he said.
The attendance of the African countries’ representatives in this Forum
plays an essential role in the development of nuclear energy on the
Thanks to the creation of the International Scientific and Educational
Center in Obninsk, young people from Africa will be able to learn about
nuclear technologies in Russia and bring their experience and knowledge
back home, where they will be able to realize their potential, bring
prosperity to their home countries.
“Now we are trying to diversify and develop our energy system. South
Africa is part of international cooperation in engineering, and this
fact is very important for understanding our readiness to develop
engineering specialties. We must participate in an innovative
breakthrough. If we look at government programs, we will see that
universities are trying to catch up and meet the requirements of
industry. Research departments have been created in the field of
innovation, where students and teachers conduct various studies”,
Phumlani Zipho Ngcobo, Lecturer at the Physics Department of University
“Nuclear power engineering is an integral part of environment-friendly
power balance of the future and also a symbol of decarbonization. It is
essential for the protection of the environment and improvement of the life
quality. Clean energy shall be available for people all around the
world. Education is the key component promoting the formation of a strong
basis to understand the importance of nuclear technologies”, noted Sama
Bilbao y León, Director General of the World Nuclear Association.
Many speakers from African countries attended the event. Some of them
were Thekla Mutero, Founder of Emerging Mining Association of Namibia
(Namibia), Professor Dr. Sc Jan Rijin Zeevaart, General Research Manager
on Applied Radiation at Necsa (South Africa), Phumlani Zipho Ngcobo,
Lecturer of the Physics Department at University of Zululand (South
Africa), Jacobs Carmen, Research Fellow at South African Nuclear Energy
Corporation (Necsa) (South Africa), Ray Kiliho, Programmes Lead at
Office of the Secretary-General at Pan African Youth Union (Tanzania),
Raphael Chesori, Head of African Young Generation in Nuclear (Kenya),
Mercy Joshua, Muakitalima Electronics and Telecommunications Engineer
(Tanzania), Eliud Canisius Gregory, Founder and National Chairman of
Youth in Technology and Engineering (Tanzania), Elsie Pule, Group
Executive of Human Resources at Eskom Holdings Soc Ltd.
Ms Thekla Mutero, Founder of the Emerging Mining Association of Namibia,
addressed African countries in her speech: “My counsel to the younger
generation is to seize each day as an opportunity to forge your path to
success. The future lies in nuclear energy. However, the creation of
nuclear energy necessitates the processing of ore. And it is very much
like in the ore forging, it is through rigorous study and relentless
work that one’s potential is truly unleashed. To the African scholars
from various universities present here today, I urge you to immerse
yourselves in your studies. Upon returning home, strive to be
productive. Make a difference. Let’s unite with other young minds in
this sector and collectively work towards a brighter future”.
Scientific readings, where the reports on the results of the recent
research in nuclear physics were presented, the Youth Scientific and
Technical Conference n.a. Ye. Slavsky, the innovation laboratory as well
as educational, sport and cultural events also took place within the
framework of the forum.
Obninsk NEW International Youth Nuclear Forum is the first youth nuclear
forum in the history arranged in Obninsk. It is intended to unite the
global “nuclear” youth in order to solve the tasks for the joint design of
the scientific research project in Russia.
The key objective of the Forum is to involve the youth from different
countries of the world into the arrangement of the advanced international
nuclear education centre (Obninsk Tech) and development of joint
initiatives aimed at solving the urgent problems of the global nuclear
industry and the related industry sectors.
A strategic session with participation of the youth from more than 50
countries were held within the framework of the event.
Obninsk Tech International Scientific and Educational Center of Nuclear
and Related Technologies is intended to form the technological elite
through consolidation of the efforts of higher educational institutions,
the leading scientific organizations and business.
The Center arranged with the involvement of MEPhI, the supporting university
of Rosatom, will become a hub for the development of modern educational
technologies, exposition of export-oriented products of the Russian
high-tech companies, the platform for congresses, exhibitions,
The idea and concept of the Center arrangement received support from
the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation
represented by Minister Valery Falkov. Since the beginning of 2023
the idea has been repeatedly discussed within a series of strategic sessions
with the participation of the Government of the Kaluga region, the
administration of Obninsk, Kurchatov Institute, Joint Institute for
Nuclear Research (Dubna) and other organizations.
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African youth, participating at the Obninsk NEW International
Youth Nuclear Forum in Russia