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Russia-IAEA Joint School Strengthens Capacity Building for Nuclear Energy Management


IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano opened the joint Russia-IAEA Nuclear Energy Management School, Sochi, 14 May 2018. (Photo: ROSATOM)

Mid-level nuclear professionals from newcomer and expanding countries learned about technical and managerial areas of nuclear energy programmes at the recent Russia-IAEA Nuclear Energy Management (NEM) School for Managers in Nuclear Organizations.

The third Russia-IAEA NEM School, hosted in cooperation with the State Atomic Energy Corporation ROSATOM, kicked off in Sochi on 14 May and concluded in St. Petersburg on 18 May. The event was opened by IAEA Director General Yukia Amano and ROSATOM Director General Alexey Likhachev, both emphasizing the importance of the school’s programme and its contribution to the development of nuclear management professionals.

“The Agency remains committed to helping the world make optimal use of nuclear technology to generate low carbon energy for development, and to counter the effects of climate change,” Director General Amano said in his opening speech.

The one-week training programme brought together 21 management professionals in nuclear organizations from 15 Member States to enhance the knowledge transfer. It included lectures by IAEA and international industry experts on challenges of nuclear power programmes and managerial issues. Covering a wide range of nuclear safety, security, safeguards, human resources, leadership, communication with public, knowledge management, fuel cycle and technology topics, the NEM Schools enhance the transfer of knowledge about managerial issues to the next generation of nuclear professionals.

This year’s School in Russia also provided its participants with the opportunity to attend the international ATOMEXPO 2018 forum, held on 14-16 May in Sochi. Participants met high-level officials and leading international experts, and explored exhibits presenting the industry’s latest innovations and technologies.

The Agency remains committed to helping the world make optimal use of nuclear technology to generate low carbon energy for development, and to counter the effects of climate change.
Yukiya Amano, IAEA Director General

School participants visiting the Leningrad 2 Nuclear Power Plant in St. Petersburg. (Photo: ROSATOM)

The second half of the School programme continued in St. Petersburg, providing participants an opportunity to visit Leningrad 2 Nuclear Power Plant, which is at the final stage of commissioning its second unit.

“The School provided a good framework for a wide range of topics, which are crucial for anyone working at a nuclear organization in a managerial position, irrespective of his or her background," said Natalia Paola Ferro, from the Nuclear Regulatory Authority of Argentina.

Innocent Joy Kwame Aboh, from the Nuclear Regulatory Authority of Ghana, added: “The quality and depth of the lectures as well as the tour to a nuclear power plant undergoing commissioning tests was very revealing. This experience makes you appreciate the magnitude of a nuclear power programme.”

The school in Russia targets participants from countries seriously seeking to develop nuclear power, as well as expanding existing nuclear power programmes. Russia is one of the few countries with accumulated technologies, skills and know-how related to nuclear energy.

The Agency assists its Member States that have decided to use nuclear energy to do it safely, securely and sustainably. To support this goal, the IAEA introduced the Nuclear Energy Management School in 2010, together with the International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), in Trieste, Italy. Additional regional NEM Schools have been implemented in Japan, South Africa, the Russian Federation, the United Arab Emirates and the United States.

The 21 IAEA Nuclear Energy Management Schools held so far have trained more than 700 young professionals from both newcomer and expanding countries. The Schools are open to applicants from all IAEA Member States.


Last update: 31 Dec 2018

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