Vietnam to Spend Millions to Train Nuclear Power Workforce

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Hanoi has set aside nearly $154 million to train Vietnamese to work in the country’s burgeoning atomic energy industry by 2020. Under the project, Vietnam aims to train 2,400 engineers, and 350 master and doctorate holders with expertise in nuclear science and technology. Some of the trainees will be sent to study overseas.

Vietnam is facing a dearth of human resources in the nuclear power industry, local news website, VnExpress, recently reported, quoting a survey by the Ministry of Education and Training as saying that, as of 2008, the country possesses 505 officials and scientists with relevant degrees.

Only 62 of them, with an average age of 50, hold doctorates, while one-third of 12 professors and associate professors are between 60 and 62 years old, according to the news source.

Vietnam plans to build nuclear power plants with a total capacity of 15,000-16,000 megawatts in five provinces to meet 10 percent of the country’s total electricity demand in 2030, VnExpress cited a government project as saying.

The first plant is expected to break ground in the central province of Ninh Thuan in 2014 and to start operating in 2020 with a total investment of $10.2 billion, it said.