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THE JINR EDUCATION PROGRAMME AND THE UNIVERSITY CENTRE

 The Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR) was established in 1956. In the first years of its functioning, its directorate started to take active measures to attract the talented youth to Dubna. The key element of JINR's policy as regards training research staff has always consisted in understanding that the graduate students should be trained in their specialty at the Laboratories under the supervision of the Institute's scientists. With this aim, in 1961 JINR's first Director, a Corresponding Member of the Academy of Sciences of the Soviet Union Prof. D.I. Blokhintsev and the Director of JINR's Laboratory of High Energies, a Member of the Academy of Sciences of the Soviet Union Prof. V.I. Veksler succeeded in opening in Dubna two Departments of Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU): the Department of Theoretical Nuclear Physics and the Department of Elementary Particle Physics (headed first by Profs. D.I. Blokhintsev and V.I. Veksler, respectively). Up to now, these two departments have been successfully functioning as part of the Dubna branch of the MSU Institute of Nuclear Physics. Many of those who did very much as students' supervisors at JINR were outstanding people who shared their knowledge and experience of educating physicists – for example, Members of the Academy of Sciences of the Soviet Union Profs. S.N. Vernov and B.M. Pontecorvo.

     Д.И. Блохинцев

В.И. Векслер

С.Н. Вернов

Б.М. Понтекорво

D.I. Blokhintsev  

   V.I. Veksler   

  S.N. Vernov   

 B.M. Pontecorvo

    Later it became clear that the branch alone cannot provide JINR with a wide range of specialists. Therefore in 1991 JINR, MSU, and Moscow Engineering Physics Institute (MEPI) jointly established the JINR University Centre (the UC). A great contribution to the establishment of the UC was made by the JINR Director Prof. A.N. Sissakian, the Director of JINR's Laboratory of Neutron Physics Prof. V.L. Aksenov, the Head of a MEPI Department Prof. Yu.A. Bykovsky, the Director of the MSU Institute of Nuclear Physics Prof. I.B. Teplov, and many other scientists and managing staff. In 1993, opened was a JINR-based Department of Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT), which also joined the UC. The first students graduated from the Department in 1993. Also in 1993, the UC became a JINR's subdivision entrusted with the organization, running, and development of JINR's Education Programme. The first UC Director (1993 – 2005) Prof. S.P. Ivanova made a huge contribution to the creation and development of the UC. In 1995, JINR's own postgraduate studies were opened, whose functioning is also entrusted upon the UC.

 

A.N. Sissakian

V.L. Aksenov

S.P. Ivanova

In 1994, another important event took place. With the participation of JINR and the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences (RANS), Dubna International University for Nature, Society, and Man was opened in Dubna. Now the Prof. Dr. Dmitry Fursaev is Rector of the University; the RANS President Prof. Oleg Kuznetsov was appointed President of the University. In 2003, Dubna University entered a new stage of its development: the University started to offer programmes majoring in physics beginning with the first year of studies. For this, two Departments were opened: the Department of Theoretical Physics (Head: Prof. Dr. Dmitry Fursaev) and the Department of Nuclear Physics (Head: Prof. Yuri Oganessian, Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences). By now, the list of the JINR-based departments has been expanded to include the following ones: the Department of Biophysics (Head: Prof. Dr. Evgeny Krasavin), Department of Distributed Computational Systems (Head: Prof. Dr. Vladimir Korenkov); and Department of Nanotechnologies and New Materials (Head: Prof. Dr. Vladimir Osipov), Personal Electronics (a RANS Member Yu.S. Sacharov), Electronics of physical facilities (Prof. Dr. Alexander Malachov).
In 1998, the training of physics students beginning with the first year of studies started at the JINR-based departments of Moscow Institute of Radio Engineering, Electronics, and Automatics: the Department of Electronics for Physics Research Facilities (Head: Prof. Dr. Alexander Malachov) and Department of Information Technologies of Computing Systems. Their first Heads were Prof. Igor Meshkov, a Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, and Prof. Dr. Igor Puzynin, respectively. 

 

 

O.L. Kuznetsov

V.G. Kadyshevsky 

Yu.C. Oganessian

         I.N. Meshkov

The UC's activity is many-sided and includes the following fields: development of special lecture courses for graduate students, support of the JINR postgraduate programmes, and organization of JINR's major international actions, including the International Summer Student Practice. Traditional for the UC is its secondary-school oriented work, which includes classes at the UC's school practicum in physics, excursions to JINR, and scientific conferences.

The UC has good equipment, which is promptly developing. It includes lecture rooms with modern multimedia means for lectures and presentations, computer classrooms, and a school physics practicum. In 2006, a new structure was established at the UC: the student laboratories, which are developed jointly with the JINR-based departments of higher education institutions with the help of international funds and private grants.

 On the basis of JINR, physicists are trained for many renowned Russian institutions of higher education in the following specialties: Nuclear Physics, Elementary Particle Physics, Condensed Matter Physics, Theoretical Physics, Technical Physics, and Radiobiology. The UC works out and coordinates a unified study process for the JINR-based departments with the aim of training highly skilled staff for JINR and its Member States. To provide this, the UC involves JINR's leading specialists as faculty members and helps to organize the research work of the graduates at the Institute's teams. The JINR-based departments' curricula are added with special optional courses reflecting the research fields of the Institute as a basic research centre. The UC also preforms specialized training of JINR Member States' students.

At the UC, it is not only the traditional forms of studies that the graduates, postgraduates, and young scientists attend. Regularly held are also summer student practices, schools, and special seminars, the participants of which come from Russia, CIS countries, Western Europe, Arab Republic of Egypt, RSA.

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Joint Institute for Nuclear Research,
141980 Dubna, Moscow Region, Russia
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