On 15 February 2021, 29 graduates of the Master’s Program “Physical Protection, Accounting and Control of Nuclear Materials” were awarded diplomas. This is the first graduation of this area of training, which is conducted by National Technical University of Ukraine “Kyiv Polytechnic Institute named after Igor Sikorsky” in the field “Nuclear Power Engineering”.
Eight employees of enterprises operating in the Chornobyl Exclusion Zone are among the graduates.
“I am really happy that such an important Program as “Physical Protection, Accounting and Control of Nuclear Materials” has gained recognition and is realized in one of the best Ukrainian universities, where we can welcome the first graduates of the Master’s Program. I am very grateful for this initiative to the Ministry of Energy, the SNRIU, and the international community. We are proud that six employees of Chornobyl NPP and two employees of the State Specialized Enterprise “Central Enterprise for the Management of Radioactive Waste” have completed this Program,” said Maksym Shevchuk, Deputy Head of the State Agency of Ukraine for Exclusion Zone Management.
The Master’s Program “Physical Protection, Accounting and Control of Nuclear Materials” is being implemented in collaboration with the George Kuzmicz Training Center. The initiative on implementation of the updated Program was supported by the members of the G-7-led initiative “Global Partnership against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction (the Global Partnership)” at a regular meeting.
The Program professors have completed on-the-job training at the Technical University of Texas and the U.S. Sandia National Laboratory, as well as advanced training at the IAEA training courses held in the George Kuzmicz Training Center for Physical Protection, Accounting and Control of Nuclear Materials.
Specialists graduated from the Master’s Program are primarily needed by the Exclusion Zone enterprises such as “Chornobyl NPP”, SSE “”Central Enterprise for the Management of Radioactive Waste”, SSE “Radon Association”.