November 23, 2021 at the site of RUDN-University the second Youth Forum "Russia-Africa: Nuclear Education for Sustainable Development" was held online.
The main topic of the Youth Forum was search for new forms of cooperation in the field of sustainable development of African countries through promotion of nuclear education which makes it possible to realize potential of young people in high-tech fields of science and technology in the countries of their residence and thereby contribute to development of joint business projects.
The meeting participants discussed a number of issues related to training of highly qualified personnel in the field of nuclear technologies for the countries of the African continent, introduction of new educational technologies in the context of the coronavirus pandemic, development of international relations and academic cooperation.
The Forum was attended by numerous representatives of diplomatic missions of African countries and Russia, government bodies of the Russian Federation, the Russian Academy of Sciences, ROSATOM flagship universities and youth scientific and educational communities of African countries.
Within the framework of the plenary session and five thematic areas the forum participants communicated with each other, shared experience and gained practical knowledge from different leading experts in the field of nuclear education.
In the thematic section "Energy" where such topical issues as the world's advanced nuclear technologies, small modular reactors for development of hard-to-reach regions of the world, closing of the nuclear fuel cycle and waste-free production were discussed, a report by representatives of Nizhny Novgorod State Technical University n.a. R.E. Alekseev on the topic "Russian innovative small and medium power reactor plants, development experience and safety assurance" was presented. It was made by Muvunankiko Benson (Rwanda) - a second-year master's student of NNSTU Institute of Nuclear Power Engineering and Technical Physics and Denis Doronkov - a senior lecturer of NNSTU Department of Nuclear Reactors and Power Plants.
The co-organizers of the second Youth Forum were State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom, RUDN-University with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia and the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation, with the participation of Rossotrudnichestvo, the African Commission of Nuclear Energy (AFCONE), the South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA).
More information can be found on the official website of the event.