March 21, 2023, Moscow, Russia. – National Research Nuclear University MEPhI (NRNU MEPhI) announced enrollment of citizens of the Republic of Türkiye to study in the master's program in Nuclear Physics and Technology. It is planned to enroll 25 students within the program of training qualified engineers for Akkuyu NPP, which is under construction in Türkiye.


Opportunity to apply for admission is provided for students with a bachelor's degree in science, engineering or energy. The education program is intended for three years of training. The first year is dedicated to the Russian language studies with focus on technical vocabulary; within the next two years master students are to study specialized disciplines. Admission to the master's program is performed in one stage. Applicants need to submit an application with a package of documents and be interviewed by NRNU MEPhI tutors before April 1, 2023.


"Training of highly qualified Turkish nuclear engineers is one of the priorities for Akkuyu NPP project. Over 300 young engineers are already working at the Türkiye's first nuclear power plant construction site and are gaining invaluable experience that will help them during the Akkuyu NPP operation phase. We announce the start of a new enrollment campaign for bachelor's degree engineering graduates from universities in the Republic of Türkiye to pursue studies in the field of nuclear engineering at one of the leading universities in Russia. We invite all young specialists who meet the enrollment criteria to apply and become members of the big and friendly Akkuyu NPP team in future," AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC Chief Executive Officer Anastasia Zoteeva noted.


Targeted training program of Akkuyu NPP personnel for Turkish citizens is implemented on the basis of the Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Republic of Türkiye on cooperation in construction and operation of a nuclear power plant at the Akkuyu NPP site in the Republic of Turkey.


Information on the conditions of admission of Turkish citizens to study within the NRNU MEPhI master's program of and a questionnaire for candidates can be found at the AKKUYU NUCLEAR official website:


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Akkuyu NPP is the first-ever nuclear power plant in the Republic of Türkiye. Akkuyu NPP project includes four power units equipped with Generation 3+ VVER reactors of Russian design. The capacity of each NPP power unit will be 1200 MW. Russian state corporation Rosatom owns 100% of the shares in the project and may sell up to 49% to one investor or several companies on the basis of the Inter-Governmental Agreement.

Akkuyu NPP is the first project in the global nuclear industry being implemented according to the Build-Own-Operate model.

According to the terms and conditions of the Inter-Governmental Agreement between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Turkey, the NPP's first power unit is supposed to be commissioned within 7 years after obtaining all construction authorizations. Given that the construction license for Unit 1 was obtained in 2018, the deadline is 2025. At the same time, the project stakeholders are making their best efforts to complete the milestone – receipt of fresh nuclear fuel at the Akkuyu NPP site in 2023, a jubilee year for the Republic of Turkey.

National Research Nuclear University Moscow Engineering Physics Institute is one of the best universities in Russia. It trains elite professionals for science, IT, and other high-tech industries. NRNU MEPhI is a strategic partner and a base university of Rosatom for staffing and scientific and innovation support of the nuclear industry. The university consists of 11 institutes and has modern research infrastructure: laboratories, a library, and a technopark. Thousands of students are trained in 29 areas of training under the guidance of the best tutors and scientists in the country.