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Sergei Terentyev from Belaruswas a standout among participants of a field trip conducted as part of the EDP program of Graduate School of International Studies at Korea University from July 1 to 3.

Outgoing, proactive and fluent in English, he volunteered to work as an interpreter every point of the way. A series of unceasing questions coming from him was an indicator that he was very passionate about the economic growth and development of his country.

During a break, we had an opportunity to have a little talk with Sergei whose typical Eastern-European icy look was as striking as his enthusiastic attitude.

Q. We saw you volunteering for interpretation at Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute today. We hear that you do that in class too. Is there any special reason?

A. You have to be an active participant to solve the problem and find interest. The reason I volunteered for interpretation is because I can understand the subjects better when I interpret. It allows me to learn things more fully and effectively. That’s why I don’t hesitate to offer my interpretation whenever I have the chance.

Q. What was the most interesting thing that you learned in class in Korea?

A. Every class was interesting, to be honest. I especially enjoyed the lecture about WTO. The lecture about the economic growth of Koreaand Southeast Asia was also very impressive. It not only focused on academic knowledge, but showed the real examples of their economic growth. This will help me when I try to put that information into practice. I also value today’s field trip because it gives me the opportunity to see Korea’s advanced nuclear power with my own eyes.

Q. Have you always been interested in nuclear energy?

A. Belarus currently generates its electricity from thermal power plants using oil as fuel. But the atmosphere is favorable to developing nuclear power plants and there are plans to build one. At the same time, we are very much concerned about the safety issue because of what happened in Chernobyl. Belarus was not entirely free from the impacts of the disaster. I think it is very important to address the safety issue before we start to build a nuclear power plant.

Q. We suppose some people would object to the idea of building a nuclear power plant because of the Chernobyl disaster. What is the actual condition?

A. People do voice their objections in Belarus. But the reality is that we cannot keep up with oil price hikes, and energy source conditions are not getting any better. It is under these circumstances that nuclear energy has emerged as an alternative option.

Q. We want to know your impression about this field trip thus far and what you expect to see for the remaining two days.

A. I personally enjoyed the Center for Advanced Science very much; I regret not seeing it all due to schedule. But I’m psyched that I will be introduced to new things every day.


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