IAEA Nuclear Energy Management School in Japan Bridges Knowledge Gap for Young Professionals
Key note lecture given by Mikhail Chudakov, IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Nuclear Energy in the Japan-IAEA joint Nuclear Energy Management (NEM) School in Japan, July 2016.
(Photo: H.Hirose /IAEA)
2016-08-02 | Retaining knowledge in the nuclear sector is a major challenge as industry veterans retire and younger professionals take their place. The Nuclear Energy Management (NEM) School serves as an effective tool to help bridge this gap of management experience and knowledge.
Coming from 14 countries, 32 promising young professionals are the latest batch of potential nuclear leaders trained at the NEM School last month, hosted by Japan’s Nuclear Human Resource Development Network, which consists of nuclear-related organizations in Japan. The two and half-week programme gave participants detailed insights on nuclear power.
“The importance and recognition of nuclear power as a sustainable and low carbon energy source continues to grow, even after the accident at the Fukushima Daichii nuclear power plant,” said Mikhail Chudakov, IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Nuclear Energy in his key note lecture to the participants. “The purpose of the NEM School is to help Member States build and maintain more skilled leadership teams for the future management of their nuclear energy programmes.”
Strengthening knowledge and expertise in the nuclear sector
The comprehensive programme ran from 11 to 27 July 2016 and provided an overview of the nuclear sector in the global context. The course introduced the participants to a range of topics on the use of nuclear energy, such as understanding the requirements for nuclear power plant infrastructure, IAEA safety standards and security guidance, non-proliferation and international safeguards, lessons learned from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident, risk management, radiation protection, nuclear law and stakeholder involvement. The participants had the opportunity to visit a nuclear power reactor in preparation for restart, a heavy industry facility with producing advanced nuclear technology and public relations center.
Supporting young professionals
The NEM School was launched in 2010 in cooperation with the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) in Trieste, Italy. The school’s purpose is to help address the need for an expanded global cadre of nuclear professionals, brought about by the projected steady worldwide growth in the use of nuclear technologies – from electricity generation to medical, agricultural and industrial uses. Since then, besides the annual sessions in Trieste, Italy, regional schools have been conducted in the UAE, Japan and the USA. The NEM School enables the transfer of IAEA-specific knowledge to Member States, furthering their capacity building efforts.
The NEM School focuses mainly on training young professionals with managerial potential from developing countries on the different aspects of the industry. Candidates who are interested in attending the school are young professionals from IAEA Member States with established nuclear power programmes or those that are planning or started establishing them. Applicants typically possess a degree in science, engineering, business or law, and must have a good understanding of nuclear fundamentals and experience in the government or the nuclear industry. Please see the Nuclear Energy Management School page for more information and how to apply.
By Hiroya Hirose, IAEA Department of Nuclear Energy