Nuclear Energy Department Honours Nuclear Engineering graduates


Laureate receiving her European Master of Science in Nuclear Engineering (EMSNE) Certificate at an Award Ceremony held at the IAEA (Photo Credit: P. Hodorogea/IAEA)

01-10-2013 | 13 new laureates were awarded an European Master of Science in Nuclear Engineering (EMSNE) Certificate at a side event of the 57th IAEA General Conference. This was the second time the IAEA hosted the Award Ceremony of the European Nuclear Education Network Association (ENEN), this year held on 19 September 2013. Since 2005, 109 young Europeans have been conferred this Certificate.

Prior to the Ceremony, new Practical Arrangements were concluded with ENEN to expand regional cooperation in nuclear education and training between Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. Collaboration between the IAEA and ENEN, which started in 2009 to support the Asian Network for Education in Nuclear Technology (ANENT), was enlarged this year to include the Latin American Network for Education in Nuclear Technology (LANENT), a nuclear educational network in the Latin American and the Caribbean Region, and its equivalent in Africa, the African Network for Education in Nuclear Science and Technology (AFRA-NEST). Cooperation between the four regional networks will focus on research, education, training and outreach.

In the Award Ceremony, Mr. Alexander Bychkov, IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Nuclear Energy, praised the European network. “ENEN is a model of best practices for other regional educational networks and for fostering high quality advanced education for young nuclear scientists and engineers,” he said.

Mr Walter Ambrosini, ENEN President explained the various programmes and activities of ENEN besides the EMSNE. “We are grateful for the IAEA’s partnership and support,” he added. During the event, two of the laureates gave brief speeches, highlighting their student experience, the challenges they encountered during their research and their future hopes.

Background

The European Nuclear Education Network Association (ENEN) was established in 2003 as a non-profit organization on the basis of the European High Education Area by the partners of the European Nuclear Engineering Network project. It is a major actor in the coordination of nuclear education and training funded by the European Commission.

ENEN's objective is to preserve and further develop expertise in the nuclear fields through higher education and training. This is realized through the co-operation between universities, research organizations, regulatory bodies, the industry and any other organizations involved in the application of nuclear science and ionizing radiation. The objectives of the European Master of Science in Nuclear Engineering (EMSNE) in particular are to develop an international network of nuclear engineers and scientists by educating students towards analytic, resourceful and inventive nuclear engineers. The Nuclear Knowledge Management Section in the Nuclear Energy Department shares many common interests with ENEN in nuclear education and has been collaborating with them for several years.