Belarus's national energy policy aims to secure sustainable energy and reduce energy import dependence, which stands around 85%, mainly consisting in crude oil and gas. Given this energetic priority and its modest natural resources, the Government of Belarus decided to invest in nuclear energy by commissioning two nuclear generators for electricity production. Belarus has thus become a newcomer country in the nuclear energy world.
A nuclear power program requires careful planning, preparation and investment in time and human resources: the number of specialists for safe nuclear power plant (NPP) operations and its infrastructure grow every year. As per the approach of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), nuclear education program has to be based on high standards of education and training, with an inherent adherence to a strong safety and security culture. Therefore, RADIUM project is in line with this need to develop high qualified study programs at Belarus’s Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) .
RADIUM is also in line with the key priorities of the National Program “Education and Youth Policy” for 2016-2020 (subprogram “Specialists Training for nuclear energy” and subprogram “Development of the system of higher education”), as well as to the Decree of the Minister of Education of the Republic of Belarus “Conceptual approaches to the development of the education system of the Republic of Belarus till 2020 and for the future till 2030” (November 29, 2017, N 742).
Given the international character of the nuclear industry, whose safety requirements are extremely stringent all over the world, RADIUM project supports the knowledge transfer of the best EU practices in nuclear and radiation safety.