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This week, experts from the Department of Nuclear Reactors (KJR) at Faculty of Nuclear Sciences and Physical Engineering took over a new device from the Korean company KHNP - the APR1000 reactor simulator, which the company designed in the tender for the Dukovany Nuclear Power Plant. The powerful and realistic model for teaching reactor physics has been acquired by the university as part of extensive scientific and educational cooperation between CTU and Korean partners from nuclear companies, scientific institutes and educational institutions. The simulator from KHNP will be used not only by students of the Nuclear Reactor Department, but activities on the simulator will also be included in educational courses organised by the KJR.

KHNP is also currently developing a bachelor's, master's and doctoral programme in cooperation with CTU, which aims to educate a new generation of professionals focused on the operation of nuclear power plants. In this way, the Korean company is trying to contribute to ensuring that the Czech Republic will still have the workforce necessary for the operation of new nuclear power units after their completion.

Korean companies have been active in the field of science and research in the Czech Republic since 2016. In 2020, the first joint energy research project between the Czech Technology Agency and the Korean Institute for Energy Technology Evaluation and Planning (KETEP) was launched under the leadership of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic and the Korean Ministry of Industry, Trade and Energy.

The current joint energy research project is the second of its kind and was launched in 2022. In addition to KHNP, Kepco International Nuclear Graduate School (KINGS) and Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI) are also collaborating on the Korean side.

The research is expected to be completed in 2025. Representatives of all parties involved last met at a joint symposium in Prague in April this year to review the results of the project so far.