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IAEA, South Africa Hold 2nd Nuclear Energy Management School

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To date, over 850 young nuclear professionals have graduated from IAEA's Nuclear Energy Management Schools. The second NEM school in South Africa attracted 23 young professionals from 13 African countries. (Photo: IAEA)

The second South Africa-IAEA Nuclear Energy Management (NEM) School, concluded last week in Johannesburg, attracted 23 young professionals from 13 African countries.

The two-week school focused on the fundamentals of nuclear energy, international cooperation and IAEA support to Member States’ nuclear power programmes, nuclear power technologies, operating nuclear power plants, nuclear fuel cycle and waste management, nuclear safety, nuclear security, safeguards, and national industrial involvement during construction and operation. The lecturers also covered the economics of nuclear power, energy policy and energy planning, legal aspects, nuclear knowledge management, nuclear human resources challenges, effective stakeholder involvement, leadership and management in a nuclear enterprise, and the contribution of nuclear power to combatting climate change. Most of the 20 lecturers were by host country experts.

Running from 12 to 23 November, the South Africa-IAEA NEM School was organized in cooperation with Witwatersrand University in Johannesburg, and included group activities encouraging further networking and team building, as well as a technical visit to the South Africa Nuclear Energy Corporation’s (NECSA) research reactor facility.

The participants were selected based on an online pre-training course and a test using the IAEA’s Cyber Learning Platform for Network Education and Training (CLP4Net) platform, which also hosts all training materials, presentations and documents.

“The NEM School had relevant content for the world we live in today in terms of nuclear energy and where it fits in the energy mix,” said Evalyne Rotich, from the Radiation Protection Board in Kenya. “It was very beneficial for me because the lecturers gave day-to-day examples, their experiences and best practices.”

Maime Leeto, Principal Technical Officer at Lesotho’s Ministry of Energy and Meteorology, added: “It was very inspiring, especially being with colleagues from other Member States. This networking initiative is a gift of a lifetime for an aspiring future leader.”

The IAEA has been organizing Schools of Nuclear Energy Management with different partners since 2010. The Schools are intended for nuclear professionals with managerial potential from countries with established nuclear power programmes or from those that are considering, planning or starting nuclear power programmes. Over 850 young nuclear professionals have graduated from these schools held at the ICTP in Italy, Japan, Russian Federation, South Africa, the UAE, and the USA.

The NEM School had relevant content for the world we live in today in terms of nuclear energy and where it fits in the energy mix.
Evalyne Rotich, Radiation Protection Board, Kenya

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