The International Summer Nuclear School II which is conducted for the second year running on the basis of the State Scientific and Technical Center for Nuclear and Radiation proceeded to the end. Within the week, students and teachers of higher educational institutions of Turkey got acquainted with Ukrainian experience in operation of VVER-type power units, learned about measures aimed at Chornobyl disaster mitigation - visited Chornobyl Exclusion Zone facilities and communicated with experts of Rivne NPP which currently operates two VVER-440 and two VVER-1000 power units. The project participants obtained the data on the capabilities and experience of Ukrainian nuclear experts in power unit lifetime extension.
The lecturers of the International Summer Nuclear School II were experts of the State Scientific and Technical Center for Nuclear and Radiation Safety, Odessa National Polytechnic University and Energoatom. Also, ENSTTI representative presented the information on the possibilities of the European Nuclear Safety Training and Tutoring Institute under the auspices of which this year training was conducted. Olga Mashchenko, the SSTC NRS expert and witness of ChNPP accident, met with the students. Olga shared with Turkish youth with her memories of the days of the disaster and judging by reaction there were no indifferent listeners.
After the course of lectures, the participants passed the exam where they successfully demonstrated the knowledge obtained during the project. In confirmation of this, Igor Shevchenko, SSTC NRS Director, presented the students with the International Summer Nuclear School II certificates and wished them in future to be guided by the main principle of nuclear experts - work for safety.
“Ukraine is one of the countries which, despite of Chornobyl experience, has been successfully operating nuclear power units for 30 years, we share our experience with those who need it. I hope that those days that you have spent in Ukraine shall be useful to you in the future and obtained information - interesting and new. Personally, I want to draw your attention to the fact that Chornobyl Nuclear Power Plant tragedy occurred not so much by the human factor as by imperfect design, therefore, I advise you to evaluate critically all the designs being built in your country. Critical thinking is normal. As a nuclear engineer I can say that nuclear power will never be 100% safe so when you think about the economic benefits from nuclear energy, think first of all about that it should be safe", congratulated the International Nuclear Summer School II graduates Ihor Shevchenko.
In their turn, the students thanked the organizers and lecturers for interesting lectures and comfortable stay in Ukraine.
“The experience obtained during the International Summer Nuclear School II shall definitely stimulate further training in this field, as you know, Turkey is constructing first Akkuyu NPP where we can apply our knowledge in future. Also, we were impressed by security measures, in particular physical protection and all procedures that relate to provision of access to the facilities. I would like to express my special gratitude to SSTC NRS and Ankara University Institute of Nuclear Sciences for the opportunity to participate in this training", said Ates Fettahoglu, young participant of the project.