|A representative from the Steering Committee for the Ninh Thuan Nuclear Power Plant outlines construction plans. Viet Nam hopes to send teachers and students to the UK to receive atomic energy training in the next two years. — VNA/VNS Photo Ngoc Ha
HA NOI (VNS) — Vietnamese and British policy-makers, researchers and scientists have discussed ways to build a roadmap to train staff for the atomic energy sector in Viet Nam.
Also, those present spoke of building a research programme between the two countries during two workshops which ended yesterday in Ha Noi.
Vuong Huu Tan, head of the Viet Nam Agency for Radiation and Nuclear Safety, said during a press conference held yesterday that the two workshops were organised after a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) about the use of civil nuclear energy for peaceful purposes was signed between the two countries on November 28.
Viet Nam hopes to send both teachers and students to the United Kingdom (UK) to receive atomic energy training in the next two years, because of the UK's prestigious educational system.
Training and developing staff for the national atomic energy was absolutely imperative for Viet Nam, Tan said.
"We need the most outstanding people contributing to the national atomic energy sector, while the country lacked both skilled teachers and outstanding students," he added.
Professor Laurence Williams of the University of Central Lancashire said that training staff for the atomic power sector in Viet Nam would be challenging.
"I think your young engineers and scientists would find working in the nuclear industry fascinating and rewarding", said Williams, who joined the UK's nuclear energy sector in 1970s.
Meanwhile, Ian Jackson, strategic business development director at the UK's National Nuclear Laboratory, said that Viet Nam needed 2,000 people, including 1,200 technicians, to operate four reactors.
Also, speaking at the press conference, Andrew Holt, Head of Prosperity Section, said: "It's now 60 years since the UK began production of nuclear energy in our country. We were the first country in the world to produce energy from atomic power on a commercial scale.
"We have a long history in this sector, we have experience with regulations, we have experience in construction and operation of atomic power stations."
"And nuclear energy is not an area for short-term working, it's an area for the long-term," Holt added. — VNS