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Vyacheslav Nikonov on nonproliferation education

11.04.2013

MOSCOW, APRIL 11, 2013. PIR PRESS – “I’m a big fan of international cooperation in education. I studied and taught in the United States. I’m especially inspired by cooperation with our diaspora abroad, which is comparable in size to the scientific community inside Russia. We have noticed that many western professors, both with and without Russian roots, want to come here to teach, form laboratories, organize temporary research teams, and work remotely. This is more promising than expecting a massive influx of scientists to relocate here from abroad for a permanent professorship,” – Vyacheslav Nikonov, Chairman of the Russian State Duma Committee on Education.

On March 27, 2013, the most recent meeting of the Trialogue Club International was held in Moscow with guest speaker Vyacheslav A. Nikonov, chairman of the Russian State Duma Committee on Education, who presented on “Current Dynamics and Perspectives of Russian Foreign Policy: A Lawmaker and Expert’s View.”

trialogue_nikonov2.JPGIn his talk, Dr. Nikonov gave a detailed characterization of Russia’s current international status and analyzed in depth specific aspects of Russian foreign policy and, as chairman of the Duma’s Education Committee, he also talked about his view on Russia’s potential for participation in cooperative international education projects.

In response to a question from the Club members on the role that international education cooperation can play in advancing Russia’s own education, Nikonov noted, “I’m a big fan of international cooperation in education. I studied and taught in the United States. I’m especially inspired by cooperation with our diaspora abroad, which is comparable in size to the number of scientists in Russia. Scientists require an appropriate environment, something which isn’t achieved simply with money. In order to exist, an appropriate environment requires an enormous complex of conditions, from the presence or absence of traffic jams to the presence or absence of the necessary equipment. However, we have also noticed that many western professors, both with and without Russian roots, want to come here to teach, form laboratories, organize temporary research teams, and work remotely. This is more promising than expecting a massive influx of scientists to relocate here from abroad for a permanent professorship.”

npp_controls.jpgAnother interesting and important question in Nikonov’s opinion is establishing in Russia a legal framework to correspond to the new realities of nonproliferation education development. One of the Club members, professor at the State Technical University of Atomic Energy Viktor Murogov, commented that to date Russia has signed more than 20 international agreements to train nuclear industry personnel. According to Dr. Murogov, “To this end, professors are realizing that we have no guidelines on what knowledge we can pass on to countries with a nuclear industry and what we can pass on to new countries with no nuclear infrastructure – Bangladesh, for example. Here we need some sort of legal framework, because, as it stands, each professor decides for himself what he should and shouldn’t teach.”

In response to the comment, Dr. Nikonov noted, “I don’t think we should pass a law saying what formulas students should know and which ones they shouldn’t. This is something that experts in the field should provide guidance on. This should be reflected in department regulations in appropriate educational institutions and Rosatom. Lawmakers should specify who is responsible for making sure that the appropriate norms are followed and the consequences for breaking them. The question, of course, forces us to make an effort to strengthen the nonproliferation regime and preserve the validity of the NPT. The strengthening of the nonproliferation regime is indeed one of the most important tasks before humankind.”

SS2011-FirstPage-3.jpgThe PIR Center has traditionally given a lot of attention to developing nonproliferation education through its diverse Education & Training Program, which includes internships and practicums at the PIR Center, publication of textbooks on nonproliferation, and professional development for young specialists from Russia and abroad through its annual International Summer School on Global Security.

This year’s Summer School will be held in Moscow from June 30 – July 13, 2013. Those interested in applying to the Summer School must submit an application no later than May 10, 2013.

The PIR Center will cover accommodation and meal costs and provide any necessary handouts and literature. Travel to/from Moscow and visa expenses are covered by the participant or his/her organization. The PIR Center can consider covering travel expenses for participants from Central Asia and other regions on an individual basis.

More information on the 2013 Summer School as well as previous years can be found on the project’s website http://summerschool2013.pircenter.org.

For more information about the Summer School, please contact PIR Center Education and Training Program Director Albert Zulkharneev zulkharneev@pircenter.org or Program Coordinator Leyla Shamuratova edu@pircenter.org by phone +7 (495) 987-1915, fax +7 (495) 987-1914 or email.

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