Opportunities Abound in Russia for African Students in Nuclear Studies

May 15, 2017 at 12:00am ET By Joanna Hughes

Earlier this spring, Rosatom, the Russian Nuclear Corporation, revealed great news for African students in the field of nuclear-related topics: It would award scholarship funds to 60 students to study at one of Russia’s world-class universities, according to the Ghana News Agency.

About the Announcement

In an announcement made in March at the Working World Exhibition in Johannesburg, South Africa, Rosatom representatives joined more than 15,000 students to present the company’s plan for supporting cooperation across the nuclear profession through scholarship support, competitions, equipment funding, and other initiatives aimed at enticing more Africans into the field.

Said Viktor Polikarpov, Rosatom’s Regional Vice-President for Sub-Saharan Africa, “We offer a broad range of educational opportunities for foreign students and young specialists to gain relevant knowledge in different scientific fields. There is currently an opportunity for 60 African students, including 10 South Africans, to study for a Bachelor’s degree in nuclear-related subjects at one of our cutting edge learning institutions....This is a great opportunity for foreign students who want to become part of a unique learning experience which has been gained over decades.”

The Future of Nuclear Technology

The ultimate goal, according to GNA? To boost nuclear technology’s role “in the enhancement of modern society, not just through the production of clean sustainable energy but also through the further advancement of medicine, including; diagnostics, imaging, scanning and analysis.”

The exchange is a win-win for Russia and Africa alike and reinforces the reasons why Russia is taking on increasing prominence on the international studies stage. Said one South African master’s student of his time studying nuclear physics in Russia, “I will take all the knowledge I have gained back to South Africa with the hope of inspiring a set of values and ideals towards a productive society. Everything in the University is based on the principles of openness, internationalism, and innovation.”



Joanna worked in higher education administration for many years at a leading research institution before becoming a full-time freelance writer. She lives in the beautiful White Mountains region of New Hampshire with her family.

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