IAEA Improving Access to Nuclear Technology Education in Europe

DDG Yury Sokolov (right) signed the Practical Arrangement on behalf of the IAEA, and President of the Board of Governors Joseph Safieh (left) represented ENEN. (Photo: D. Calma/IAEA)

Specialised education in nuclear technology will soon reach students in over four dozen cities in 18 European countries, as the IAEA today inked an agreement with the European Nuclear Education Network (ENEN) to facilitate the delivery of nuclear energy courses over the internet.

Training will be delivered through the IAEA´s web portal, the Asian Network for Education in Nuclear Technology (ANENT).

Since its launch in 2003, ANENT has helped to coordinate nuclear training and research by linking educators and professionals. The system supports students in degree and masters programmes by providing information, curricula and training materials.

This agreement between the IAEA and ENEN provides for improving access to and the reliability of the online training materials.

During today´s signing ceremony Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Nuclear Energy, Yury Sokolov, said "We have confidence that our combined efforts and expertise will benefit all Member States who wish to have more opportunities and resources and new strategies for nuclear human resource development through internet-based education and training."

Since 2007 two certificate e-training courses on energy planning have been conducted in cooperation with the Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI). There are also plans to use the ANENT system to deliver information on nuclear reactor physics to university students, as well as provide an e-textbook on advanced nuclear and ionizing radiation technology.

Background

The ENEN Association is a non-profit international organisation established in 2003 to preserve and further develop expertise in nuclear fields through higher education and training. ENEN has 51 members over 17 EU countries, South Africa, the Russian Federation and Japan. ENEN is a major player in the coordination of nuclear education and training activities funded by the European Commission.

ENEN has been a collaborating member of the ANENT for the past six years.

The ANENT network facilitates information sharing and learning through the coordination of joint research activities, standardization of nuclear educational resources, and sharing of knowledge resources and materials.

Last update: 13 November 2014