Asian Network for Education in Nuclear Technology
The use of nuclear technology for peaceful purposes in the Asian region will depend inter alia on its ability to meet the national socio economic needs and sustainable development goals. This is especially important in view of the growing energy needs, and the need for improving the quality of life without enhancing the environmental burden. Critical to the development and wider use of nuclear technology in both power and non-power applications will be the availability of “soft infrastructure”, qualified human resource, information, knowledge, skills and experience.
The Asian Network for Education in Nuclear Technology (ANENT) is a regional partnership supported by the IAEA for cooperation in capacity building, human resource development and knowledge management in nuclear science and technology. ANENT strives to promote, manage and preserve nuclear knowledge to ensure the continued availability of qualified human resources in the region for the sustainability of nuclear technology and to prepare newcomer countries to commence nuclear power programmes.
The primary objectives of ANENT are to assist the member countries in building capacity and develop human and scientific infrastructure through co-operation in education, nuclear knowledge management and related research and training in nuclear technology in the Asian region by utilizing the e-learning platform and advanced Information and Communication Technology (ICT) particular through:
- Sharing nuclear information and knowledge relevant to nuclear education and training;
- Providing expert assistance and review services to members as needed;
- Serving as facilitator for communication between ANENT members and other regional and global networks.
The strategy of ANENT rests upon the principles of cooperation and sharing of information and knowledge for capacity building as part of nuclear infrastructure development and better use of available resources.
- Integrate available educational resources in synergy with existing nuclear knowledge based networks both within and outside the region.
- Promote the utilization of the ANENT E-learning platform for education and training making optimum use of information technology.
- Facilitate the experienced nuclear professionals to share their expertise with the younger generation and help attract talented youth to the nuclear profession in view of alternate competing career options.
ANENT Country Representative
ANENT is a partnership of member states in the region. A person, officially nominated by the national authority, shall be the ANENT Country Representative and has a function to coordinate the ANENT activities in the country. The Country Representative shall be the member of the ANENT Coordination Committee.
Institutional Arrangement and Membership
Any institution which is directly and actively engaged in nuclear education and training in the Asia and the Pacific region may apply for membership to the Country Representative. These may be academic institutions, training centers, research institutes, governmental entities and other organizations. The membership is informed to the IAEA secretary and presented to the Coordination Committee meeting.
Organizations from outside the region or international organizations may contribute to ANENT as collaborating members, by a formal expression to the ANENT Secretary – IAEA.
ANENT Coordination Committee and Spokesperson
Coordination Committee meetings are held once per year to review activities and develop future plan. The Country Representative or one alternative person designated by the national authority is expected to participate in the Coordination Committee meeting to represent each ANENT member country. Collaborating members shall be observers.
The Coordination Committee appoints a Chairperson who also has a role of a spokesperson for ANENT from the Country Representatives. A Vice Chairperson is appointed to assist the Chairperson, when needed. The Chairperson and the Vice Chairperson serve at least one year until the next Coordination Committee meeting and can be renewed one more year.
The IAEA will serve as Scientific secretary and focal point to convene Coordination Committee meetings and to report on the overall implementation of ANENT.
Coordinating of ANENT Activities
On the operational level, ANENT activities are implemented by some groups of participating institutions under the leadership of the ANENT members, who are appointed by and presented to the Coordination Committee. The detailed activities of the groups are stated in the attachment.
ANENT Group Activities
Activity 1 e-Learning Platform Development
- Operate, maintain and develop the ANENT Web-system
- Establish and provide web-based network to support all ANENT activities
Activity 2 Utilization of Platform
- Organize the national/ regional training courses on specific topics
- Provide the feedbacks on utilization of e-Learning Platform
Activity 3 Education Material Development
- Define subjects of common interest such as:
- Nuclear energy
- Human health
- Safety culture
- Public outreach
- Conduct knowledge mapping under different area
- Develop Nuclear Education and Training Database
- Inventory, collect and prepare e-Learning material
Activity 4 Enhance Nuclear Knowledge Management (NKM) systems in Member States
- Assist newcomer countries to NPP in introducing and enhancing NKM system
- Organize the workshops and training course on NKM
- Facilitate NKM expert mission
Activity 5 Liaison and Communication
- Support International Community of Practice (ICoP)
- Establish and update information exchange system among the ANENT members through the ANENT Web-Portal
- Share information, public awareness and outreach activities with other networks