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MEPhI branch opened in Republic of Uzbekistan


Tashkent has hosted the opening of the first foreign branch of the National Research Nuclear University MEPhI. The event was attended by the Prime Minister of Uzbekistan Abdulla Aripov, Director General of the Rosatom State Corporation Alexey Likhachev, representatives of the Academy of Sciences of Uzbekistan, the rector of MEPhI Mikhail Strikhanov, scientists and other distinguished guests.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the MEPhI branch, Prime Minister of Uzbekistan Abdullah Aripov noted that the implementation of such an important project had taken place with the direct participation of the President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, who had personally chosen that site for the construction of a modern campus a year ago.

"Implementation of a high-tech project – construction of the first nuclear power plant in Uzbekistan, requires specialists with modern knowledge. I am confident that the branch will train highly qualified engineering and technical personnel at the level of international educational standards, capable to solve the most important scientific, technological and production tasks in the interests of nuclear industry," Aripov said.

According to the head of the Uzbekistan government, today the branch of MEPhI is at the beginning of a long way. The Uzbek side intends to develop and support the activities of the University, to introduce best practices and modern technologies in the educational process.

The head of Rosatom Alexey Likhachev noted that the opening of MEPhI branch in Tashkent was one of the most significant events of the year, which was of fundamental importance for Uzbekistan. "For us it is a matter of honor, for us it is a great pride, for us it is a great challenge! This is the first official foreign branch of MEPhI, and it is very symbolic that it is being opened in Uzbekistan," the head of Rosatom said.

According to him, the construction of a nuclear power plant is a project for decades, and taking into account the possibility to modernize the complex – even for a century. "Thus, we ensure the cooperation of our industries, our nations for a century. And this is also a huge challenge and a great responsibility," Likhachev stressed.

"Uzbekistan returns a pre-existing nuclear competence. The country is joining a large family of nuclear scientists all over the planet, implementing such a large and important nuclear project. But in addition to staffing the newly created industry, opening of the MEPhI branch is of great importance for science as a whole. Various disciplines will be developed on the basis of the University – the creation of new materials, 3D-modeling and other areas. This will affect the entire economy of Uzbekistan," Likhachev said. The Director General of Rosatom added that he was in constant contact with the scientific community of the country, with young people and students. In addition he noted, in the next year he would need to often visit the Republic to build such a large-scale project.

Addressing the first-year students, he noted that the beginning of study would not be easy, but it would be an interesting and new experience for them. At the same time he advised to psychologically prepare themselves for the future profession starting from the very beginning, bringing up responsibility and a sense of duty. "We do not divide and do not put barriers between our production structures and MEPhI. In this sense, we are the single family, not only inside Russia, but in the entire international nuclear community. Unity is our strength!” said Likhachev.

In turn, the head "Uzatom" Jurabek Mirzamahmudov expressed confidence that a branch opened to the moment of the NPP launch, that is, by 2028, would have time to provide the industry with the staff. From the first days after graduation MEPhI graduates will be employed in the directorate, which will be engaged in the design, construction and commissioning of the plant.

Welcoming the students, the rector of MEPhI Mikhail Strikhanov said that the University imposed “high requirements, we expect to keep the high standard set by the founding fathers of the atomic project".

He stressed that "the first stage was completed – we recruited students, built a good building and opened a branch. Now the second stage is to recruit a full staff of lecturers and conduct the educational process at the world level." The rector expressed gratitude to the Ministry of Education, Rosatom and Rosobrnadzor for effective assistance in the process of opening a foreign branch of the University.

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