43 turkish specialists received higher education diplomas in nuclear power engineering
17 February 2021, Moscow, Russia. The representatives of the fourth class of students from Turkey received higher education diplomas in the sphere of nuclear power engineering. Under the restricted conditions due to COVID-19, the diploma awarding ceremony was held in the form of an on-line video conference.
The ceremony was attended by the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Turkey in Russia Mehmet Samsar, the General Director of the Nuclear Power and International Projects Directorate of the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources of the Republic of Turkey Ibrahim Halil Dere, the Director of Educational Programs of the Human Resources Department of Rosatom State Corporation Valery Karezin, the HR Director of AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC, Andrey Pavlyuk, as well as graduates from Turkey, Vietnam and Bangladesh.
The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Turkey in Russia Mehmet Samsar, while congratulating the fourth class of Turkish nuclear specialists under the program of personnel training for Akkuyu NPP, said: "Akkuyu NPP is one of the most important elements of cooperation between Russia and Turkey. Within the frames of this project many of our students get training in the National Nuclear Research University MEPhI. I am very glad to take part in the graduation ceremony, which is held in the on-line form this year. Thanks to high-quality education, which our students get in the sphere of nuclear power engineering in Russia, Turkish graduates of the National Research Nuclear University MEPhI will work under the Akkuyu NPP project and thus will build new bridges of friendship in the relations between Turkey and Russia. We are proud of success they achieve in the process of training, we are proud of all our students. In this context I would like to thank the Rector, all members of the higher-education teaching personnel and employees of the university for constant care and support they render to our students. I congratulate all out graduates and wish them further success in their lives".
The General Director of the Nuclear Power and International Projects Directorate of the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources of the Republic of Turkey, Ibrahim Halil Dere, has also congratulated young specialists with the graduation: “Thus far we have crossed several key milestones on the way towards making the Akkuyu NPP project a reality; nuclear power plant construction proceeds at full speed already. Many years ago you have believed in the future of development of nuclear power in Turkey and, having set sail, following a course unknown to you, dared to embark upon a long and arduous course of education far from home. Today you are reaping the fruit of your courage. On behalf of the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources of Turkey I wholeheartedly offer my congratulations to all our young specialists and each and every one of you personally. Soon you, like your colleagues, program graduates of previous years, are going to start your work in AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC, and will become pioneers of the nuclear industry in Turkey. We are proud that soon you will become a part of this project. I would like to express my gratitude to everyone who spared no pains so you could receive education – your tutors, employees of AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC and the Embassy of Turkey in the Russian Federation, as well as members of your families who believed in you and supported you”.
While congratulating Turkish graduates, the HR Director of AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC, Andrey Pavlyuk, pointed out: "It is especially important for our Company that the higher education diplomas are granted to the representatives of already fourth class of young Turkish nuclear specialists. In your home country you will develop one of the most high-tech industries in the world. The extent of agility to which Turkey will adopt experience of the leading Russian technologies and create the grounds for their own developments in nuclear power engineering will depend on your success. I am sure you will learn much from your experienced chiefs and mentors. Now you and we together will take an active part in implementation of projects on ecologically friendly and safe electric power generation".
The specialists with a university degree from a group of Turkish graduates have come out with a note of acknowledgment to the university professors:
Hande Nur Yakar: "I came to Russia in 2014 and at once began to learn Russian language at the pre-university courses in Obninsk. There I studied for 1 year, then moved to Moscow. I the Moscow campus of the National Research Nuclear University MEPhI I have trained as a specialist for 5.5 years. Classes in the university were conducted by experienced lecturers, and practical and laboratory exercises made it possible to develop ourselves professionally. I have best remembered the practice in Volgodonsk, where we have learned much useful information on the main equipment of nuclear power plants; moreover, I got to see the process of such equipment production at the "Atommash" factory. It was very useful experience for me. I am thankful to have got such good education in the National Research Nuclear University MEPhI. For the time of study I have accumulated a bunch of unforgettable impressions and now I come back to Turkey to work as a specialist at Akkuyu NPP. I would very like to keep in touch with the National Research Nuclear University MEPhI and with Russia which became my adoptive country. Many thanks to our university, deanery and, especially, to the Automatics Department collective for everything!".
Osman Ak: "I came to Russia in order to study to be a physics engineer at the National Research Nuclear University MEPhI, and now, upon completion of training I will work as a specialist at Akkuyu NPP. Six and a half years of study became the past, and wonderful studentship is coming to an end. On behalf of all graduates I would like to thank out deanery, department and all lecturers who fostered out thirst for knowledge. I would also like to thank my classmates for their being always beside - we have spent wonderful studentship together. I will always recall Russia and my university with warm feelings".
Denizhan Kotan: "I came to Russia from Turkey 6.5 years ago. Here, in the Obninsk Institute for Nuclear Power Engineering (IATE), we have studied the Russian language within one year. Of course, we had a rough ride with the study at first, since we did not know the language and culture; but eventually we have adapted ourselves successfully. Then I studied for 4 years in Moscow; the educational process was very interesting. During my fourth year, when it was necessary to select a specialty, me and 17 my classmates have selected the program of the NPP operating personnel training and returned to Obninsk, where we felt at home already. The vocation-related subjects were difficult, but we tried hard with our study and have graduated the university this year. We are very glad and grateful to out lecturers at IATE and at the National Research Nuclear University MEPhI, thank you very much!".
This year the National Research Nuclear University MEPhI graduated 43 Turkish students, 18 among them have studied in the Obninsk branch of the university - the Institute of Nuclear Power Engineering (IATE), and 25 - in the central campus of the National Research Nuclear University MEPhI in Moscow. The graduates have acquired a profession "Nuclear Plants: Design, Operation and Engineering". They have studied in three field-specific directions: design and operation of nuclear plants, radiation safety of nuclear plants, control and monitoring systems of nuclear plants. On return to the native land, the young specialists will get recruitment offers from AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC and soon after that will start fulfilling their professional duties at the construction site of the first nuclear power plant in the Republic of Turkey.
About training of Turkish specialists for Akkuyu NPP
The target-oriented personnel training program for Akkuyu NPP is being implemented within the framework of the "Intergovernmental Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Republic of Turkey on Cooperation in the field of construction and operation of the nuclear power plant at the Akkuyu NPP site in the Republic of Turkey" to train specialists among the citizens of the Republic of Turkey, followed by their employment with Akkuyu NPP. The education program was initiated by AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC in 2011. The costs of specialist training are borne by the Russian side.
The training takes place at the National Research Nuclear University MEPhI (NRNU MEPhI) and Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University (SPbPU). In 2011 the first Turkish students began their training at Russian universities under the specialist's degree program of "Nuclear plants: design, operation and engineering".
35, 53 and 55 young Turkish professionals have graduated the training program in March 2018, February 2019 and February 2020, respectively, and were accepted for employment in AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC. In total, as many as 143 graduates of the target-oriented personnel training program for Akkuyu NPP joined the staff of AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC and successfully work on the first-ever NPP construction project in Turkey. 107 Turkish students are currently studying at MEPhI and SPbPU.