A delegation from TOMSK Polytechnic University in Russia has paid a courtesy call on the Vice-Chancellor of UENR, Prof Harrison Dapaah at his office.

The visit by the delegation was to interact with the University and discuss potential areas of collaboration between the two Universities in the field of nuclear energy and related areas leading to the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

Receiving the team, the Vice-Chancellor expressed his pleasure on their visit and indicated the need to build stronger relationship with the University in a salient area of nuclear energy in Ghana. He gave the assurance that management of UENR will ensure a long standing partnership that would yield good results in training staff and students.

The Dean of School of Engineering, Prof. Nana Sarfo Derkyi in a short presentation said the government of Ghana has identified key areas for industrial growth which included bauxite, alumina, trans-regional railway network, processing of all materials into finished product. He added that Ghana was committed to undertake nuclear power programmes to ensure energy sustenance in the country.

Prof Derkyi explained that the introduction of nuclear energy as programme would help students have a broad scientific and technological understanding of nuclear energy, production of power and the protection of the environment. He announced that the School of Engineering intends to establish a well-equipped nuclear energy laboratories and develop an E-library for the nuclear energy programmes as well as seek scholarships for students.

Discussing the draft proposal, the Director of Master’s Degree Programme (Nuclear Science and Technology) of TOMSK Polytechnic University, Dr. Vera Verhoturova said nuclear energy experts were much needed in Ghana hence the call for the institution of related programmes to help curb challenges of nuclear energy in the country. She added that TOMSK University in partnership with ROSATOM will work to develop students in the area of nuclear energy and its related fields. Dr. Verhoturova was hopeful that making an agreement of facts and the establishment of a roadmap for the start of an MOU would motivate parties involved to be responsible actors of their roles.

The drafted proposal of collaboration sought to achieve the provision of Ghana with early opportunities to prepare higher education system to the future needs of the national nuclear programme, launch nuclear and related knowledge transfers on the HiEd level as a foundation for Nuclear Knowledge Management system build-up, develop educational capacities of Ghana working with faculty and staff of leading state and private Universities.

The partnership would also give Ghanaian Students and professors access to nuclear-related equipment and create a cross-culture environment as important element of successful cooperation.