Russia to award 20 nuclear engineering scholarships to Bangladeshi students

4 April 2017 Alessandro Belli
The scholarships, sponsored by Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom, are meant for several major universities such as the National Research Nuclear University MEPhI (Moscow Engineering Physics Institute).
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There are currently about 50 Bangladesh students in MEPhI. Source: Vostock-Photo

At least 20 Bangladesh students will receive scholarships to study nuclear engineering, Alexander Demin, Director of the Russian Center of Science and Culture (RCSC) in Dhaka, told RIR on April 3.

The scholarships, sponsored by Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom, are meant for several major universities such as the National Research Nuclear University MEPhI (Moscow Engineering Physics Institute).

"Admission tests in mathematics and physics, as well as profile interviews were conducted in cooperation with Rosatom, which is building the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) in Bangladesh,” Demin said. “Almost 100 students applied for the scholarships. At least 20 students from Bangladesh will be selected for the graduate and post-graduate programs. Their education will be free."

Demin added that on the whole over 60 students will be able to go to Russia from Bangladesh to study through quotas this year, including in faculties such as medicine, agriculture, journalism and fine arts.

“There are currently about 50 Bangladesh students in MEPhI. The first batch is graduating next year," he said.

The RCSC in Dhaka was established in March 1974. Russian language courses are offered in the center. There is also a library and an auditorium. The center is supervised by Rossotrudnichestvo, the state organisation that builds Russia’s cultural ties with foreign countries.

National Research Nuclear University MEPhI was founded in the 1940s and was known as the Moscow Engineering Physics Institute. It was reorganized in April 2009 under a presidential decree, assuming the current name. It became one of the first national research universities in Russia.

In June 2016, MEPhI was listed in the QS Top 50 universities ranking in the BRICS countries. At the moment more than 900 students from 30 countries are enrolled at the university.

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