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Jae-Hoon Chung, CEO of Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power (KHNP), and doc. Vojtěch Petráček, Rector of the Czech Technical University in Prague, signed a Memorandum of Understanding at the end of June at the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic (MIT). Jozef Síkela, Minister of Industry and Trade, and Tomas Ehler, Deputy Minister of the Nuclear Energy Section, were also present at the ceremony.

The Memorandum opens the way for closer cooperation in the field of energy for a number of CTU faculties. The focus of cooperation will be in the nuclear field, but there are also opportunities in non-nuclear fields in which CTU has a strong national and international position, be it civil engineering, mechanical engineering or electrical engineering. "Our university has been and remains to be an important source of first-class experts for the nuclear industry and energy. I am very pleased that the world's leading companies are interested in cooperating with us and perceive the important role of education and science," said doc. Vojtěch Petráček.

The signing of the agreement is the result of long-term contacts of the Faculty of Nuclear Sciences and Physical Engineering of CTU in Prague (FJFI) with Korean institutions and companies operating in the field of nuclear sciences and energy. During the past years, they were established by the then Dean of FJFI Prof. Igor Jex. "Now the students of the KEPCO International Nuclear Graduate School (KINGS), an educational institution under KHNP, are at the faculty in Prague for a short-term stay. The Department of Nuclear Reactors of FJFI is then preparing technology-oriented projects with the Korean partner. The visit of the students was supposed to be held earlier, but the COVID situation hindered our plans," explains Prof. Igor Jex.

KHNP is a subsidiary of Korea Electric Power Corporation. It operates large nuclear and hydroelectric power plants in South Korea, which generate nearly 30 percent of the country's electricity.

At the beginning of June 2022, a cooperation agreement in the field of nuclear research, development and education has already been signed by Jae Seon Cho, Ph.D., vice president of the Korean company FNC Technology and doc. Václav Čuba, Dean of the Faculty of Nuclear Sciences and Physical Engineering of the Czech Technical University in Prague.