Vietnam plans to begin sending students to study nuclear power at universities in Japan in 2016 under a cooperation program to train 100 specialists in the field.
Ta Duc Thinh, director of the Department of Science, Technology, and the Environment under the Ministry of Education and Training, yesterday had a working session with Japan on the program, aimed at churning out a workforce for the proposed Ninh Thuan 2 Nuclear Power Plant in the central province of Ninh Thuan.
Accordingly, around 20 students will be sent to study in Japan each year from 2016 under sponsorship from the Vietnamese state budget.
The program will give priority to students from Ninh Thuan and neighboring localities.
Vietnam will also send 70 students for a training program on atomic energy in cooperation with Russia.
The graduates will return and work for the Ninh Thuan 1 Nuclear Power Plant, planned in the same province.
The Ninh Thuan nuclear power project consists of two plants, Ninh Thuan 1 and 2. Once put into operation, they will become the country’s first nuclear power plants.
The two plants are among the five nuclear power facilities to be set up in the central region between 2020 and 2030 under a plan approved by the Vietnamese government, given forecasts that the country will face a serious shortage of power by 2020.