Russian nuclear energy corporation, Rosatom, offered to sponsor bright Kenyan students planning to study Nuclear science and related fields in Russia early last year. Rosatom announced that the sponsorship would include payment of full tuition fees and partially cater for living expenses providing access to subsidised accommodation, library funds and practical experience at Russian nuclear enterprises.
Two Kenyan students applied for positions in universities Russia to study Nuclear science and got the sponsorship from Rosatom. Lawi and Robert give us some insight on how it has been as they have begun their studies in Russia.
Lawi knew about Roasatom from a newspaper article that talked about their sponsoring students in this field that was published in the Daily Nation in January of 2019. Robert learned about Rosatom, Russia, the state atomic energy corporation in 2018 at Technical University of Kenya (TUK), in one of the events organized by the Association of Engineering Students of TUK.
They both did their research on how to get in the National Research Nuclear University (MEPhI) in Central Russia. This is the top rated university worldwide when it comes to studying about Nuclear science and related fields. They both went to the Russian Embassy in Kenya to get more information on how to get qualifications, they applied and their applications were successful.
Robert begun studies in October 2019 and hopes to achieve the following with his degree. He looks at Kenya’s strategic approach of development for 2008 to 2030 to be a middle-income country by 2030. Expanding access to clean and safe water, and connecting every section of the country to the power-grid.
Robert says, “We must strive by all means to maintain the course of being a carbon neutral or carbon negative nation. One thing that makes me a happy man with Kenya’s energy sector, is the fact that more than 70% of its installed electrical capacity is harnessed from renewable energy sources. It’s very obvious that energy is the sole cornerstone of every country’s prosperity. Hydroelectricity is the main source of electricity in Kenya, but the fact that it seems to be quite unreliable pushing the government to favor exploration of other alternative sources, especially geothermal and thermal. Nuclear energy is no exception. It is an alternative potential source. Nuclear energy is applicable in several areas; medicine, agriculture, the military and so on. Therefore with the knowledge i gain Kenya can go Nuclear as well, and its eager young minds of tomorrow must be trained.”
Lawi says, “I am studying Nuclear physics because it is at the heart of my ability to understand the universe. Nuclear filed and its application fuels our economy making the world a better place. Kenya to achieve vision 2030, nuclear energy is very paramount and a backbone to any developing country. Therefore, I am studying this field to train myself in the application and utilization of nuclear field and technology and to promote an intellectual service to my country and to the rest of the world through research, teaching and outreach. they say human is not limited. My next dream is to work with Rosatom Russia, Rosatom Africa and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, Austria, a world renown nuclear institution in the world to make the world a better place to live.”