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World Nuclear University Summer Institute

The World Nuclear University (WNU) was founded in September 2003 with the support of the IAEA and three other international nuclear institutions (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development/Nuclear Energy Agency, World Nuclear Association and World Association of Nuclear Operators). One of the activities of the WNU relevant to the Agency's work is the WNU Summer Institute, which provides a period of intense education to a select group of graduate students and young professionals from throughout the world. The Summer Institute has been designed to enable participants to:

  • gain cutting-edge knowledge and develop a broad international perspective on the full range of policy, environmental and social issues surrounding the peaceful applications of nuclear technology;
  • hear from leading thinkers and educators on topics relevant to nuclear applications;
  • experience practical teamwork with peers from many nations; and
  • advance the global contribution of nuclear science and technology.

The activities of the WNU Summer Institute consist of many components, including daily lectures, team building activities, weekly review sessions, case studies, final projects, field trips, and a plan of action based on the WNU Summer Institute experience to be implemented after returning home. Participation in the Summer Institute leads to the establishment of an international network of future leaders with a global perspective and a commitment to contributing to the peaceful use of nuclear technology.

The Agency provides financial support to a limited number of participants from developing countries. Applications should be made directly to WNU.


Last update: 26 Jul 2017


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