Sixteen graduates of the European Master of Science in Nuclear Engineering (EMSNE) programme received their awards at a ceremony held at the IAEA on 25 September 2014.
Hosting the event during the 58th General Conference, IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Nuclear Energy, Alexander Bychkov, congratulated the laureates for their commitment to the peaceful uses of nuclear energy and welcomed them to the global community of nuclear professionals.
“As the future leaders in the nuclear sector, we need you to help us fulfil our responsibility to ensure the safe and sustainable use of nuclear technology,” he said. “You will be among those who will bring fresh ideas to help solve today’s problems.”
The laureates were the 10th batch of graduates from the EMSNE programme; this has been the third time the IAEA hosted this Award Ceremony of the European Nuclear Education Network Association (ENEN).
In presenting the EMSNE diplomas to the 16 young professionals together with Mr Bychkov, ENEN President Walter Ambrosini congratulated the laureates for “coming this far” and encouraged them to continue to make contributions to the peaceful application of nuclear science and technology.
John de Grosbois, Head of the IAEA Nuclear Knowledge Management Section, highlighted the new challenges of managing nuclear knowledge, and summarized the Agency services available to Member States to help them preserve and transfer this important knowledge.
In his remarks to the laureates, Managing Director of the European Nuclear Safety Training and Tutoring Institute (ENSTTI), Didier Louvat, said the ceremony was very important for the future of nuclear energy as it contributed to strengthening the human resources pool for the nuclear sector.
A major goal of the educational programmes fostered by the IAEA, ENEN and other educational networks is to support the continuous supply of technical and scientific expertise.
ENEN is a non-profit international organization established in 2003. To preserve and further develop expertise in the nuclear fields through higher education and training, it collaborates with universities, research organizations, regulatory bodies, the industry and with other educational networks.
An agreement was concluded between the IAEA and ENEN in 2009 to enhance research, education and training in nuclear technology, and to support the activities of other educational networks, such as ANENT (Asian Network for Education in Nuclear Technology), AFRA-NEST (African Network for Education in Nuclear Science and Technology) and LANENT (Latin American Network for Education in Nuclear Technology). Topics of common interest include facilitating students and teachers’ mobility, fostering sharing facilities and laboratories, and discussing accreditation of curricula, and developing education and training tools and resources.