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Rosatom empowering African students to deepen awareness on nuclear energy

International nuclear energy giant and Russian state owned nuclear corporation, Rosatom has extended invitation to Nigerian students and young professionals to take part in a webinar devoted to the potential of nuclear power to help bolster Africa’s economic and social development. 1-hour-long online conference is organized in the framework of the 4th annual student video competition which is currently running until the 25th of August 2018.

Webinars on peaceful atom use in the framework of the fourth annual youth video competition are aimed to help participants to increase their chances to win

Rosatom video competition is aimed at encouraging students to do their own research into various nuclear applications and the benefits they might portend for Nigeria and Africa at large.

Young people between the ages of 18 to 30, alone or in a group of up to 3 fellows, are encouraged to film a 60- to 120-second video on their findings. The top ten videos will be shortlisted and posted on the company’s Facebook page, the creators of the three videos with the most likes will win an all-expenses paid trip to Russia on 6 – 12th October, 2018.

This year, for the first time, the contest is supported by the African Young Generation in Nuclear (AYGN), South African Network for Education in Nuclear Science and Technology (SAN-NEST) and South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE).

To introduce the potential of nuclear for Africa, showcase Rosatom’s latest activities on the continent and answer questions regarding the competition Rosatom Central and Southern Africa, together with SAN-NEST, holds the webinar “Atoms Empowering Africa” on July 9, 2018 at:

2 pm Greenwich Mean Time (Ghana)

3 pm Western African Time (Nigeria)

5 pm Eastern African Time (Kenya)

Link to the webinar is

Other useful information can be found on the Rosatom Africa website, as well as in open sources, such as the recent research of the Center for Global Development “Atoms for Africa: Is There a Future for Civil Nuclear Energy in Sub-Saharan Africa”.

In his remarks, the CEO of Rosatom Central and Southern Africa, Mr. Dmitry Shornikov averred that the company’s commitment to education, both in Africa and globally, saying “We at Rosatom view education and youth development as a priority. We at Rosatom see it as one of our key missions to assist the brightest young minds from across the globe to work together in solving global challenges that will shape the future of energy and the world as we know it”.

The company conducts educational projects in countries of its presence, and regularly brings together the most promising students and young professionals from around the globe for educational sessions, trainings and forums in Russia and abroad.

For young people wishing to get a head start on a promising career in the nuclear field, Rosatom regularly holds physics competition for high school pupils and students of technical universities, where the winners get a chance to complete their education in Russia and join the nuclear elite when they come back home. Today, over 50 students from sub-Saharan Africa, including from Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, South Africa and Zambia, study in Russia.