International Nuclear Management Academy

International Nuclear Management Academy (INMA) is a framework facilitated by the IAEA in collaboration with nuclear engineering and business faculties at universities and with nuclear employers around the world. Its goal is to support participating universities in the implementation of high quality master's level management programmes for the nuclear sector.

Informed decision-making and effective management processes help to support high levels of safety and improved economics in the nuclear sector. INMA master’s programmes in Nuclear Technology Management are intended to meet the increasing need and interest in higher level formal education that is focused on the specific aspects of management in organizations dealing with nuclear technology. INMA master's programmes help to further ensure the continued peaceful and safe use of nuclear technology by strengthening management competencies.

IAEA’s Nuclear Knowledge Management (NKM) Section in the Department of Nuclear Energy has developed the INMA framework with leading nuclear engineering and business faculties at several universities and with direct input from nuclear sector employers.  INMA provides a basis for participating universities to collaborate and to provide sustainable education programmes to consistent high quality standards.

Several participating universities have started work on introducing INMA Nuclear Technology Management (NTM) master’s level programmes, with the first already commence in the fall of 2015 and others being introduced over the next one to three years.

The goals of INMA

Russia’s MEPhI University Joins IAEA-Endorsed Postgraduate Programme in Nuclear Management

INMA aims to make high quality management education that is tailored to the specific needs and challenges of the nuclear sector both more available and more accessible to working nuclear managers or to nuclear professionals with potential to move into management. INMA programmes are intended for students in both developed and developing countries. INMA Member Universities are encouraged to offer courses in the form of online and distance learning, and also in short-format courses and on a part-time basis. This is intended to give working nuclear professionals more flexibility and options to successfully complete programmes.

INMA master’s programmes will not only focus on theory and concepts but include an emphasize on the practical application of management methodology and practice. INMA programmes will include an educational focus on case studies, individual and team projects, internships and direct involvement of industry experts as lecturers and mentors.

Through participating universities offering an INMA endorsed master’s-level programme in Nuclear Technology Management, the goal of the INMA is to better meet the collective needs of nuclear professionals needing formal and higher level management education, of nuclear sector employers needing highly competent managers, and university educators delivering nuclear specific management education.

The Universities Pioneering Nuclear Technology Management Programmes

Though some universities provide individual courses related to aspects of management as part of their nuclear engineering programmes, INMA programmes provide full master's programmes that have a specialized focus on the more advanced aspects of management in the fields of nuclear technology, science and engineering.

The universities below are participating to develop the INMA scheme and are expected to be some of the first providers of INMA masters level nuclear technology management programmes. The Manchester University in the United Kingdom has recently introduced the first Nuclear Technology Management Programme. This programme is expected to be endorsed by IAEA as the first successfully peer reviewed INMA programme by the fall of 2015 (see "Recent Announcement" below for more information). National Research Nuclear University (MEPhI) in the Russian Federation is expected to be the next university to introduce a Nuclear Technology Management Programme, and is targeting to start-up and be fully endorsed by the fall of 2016 (see "Recent Announcements" below for more information).

The IAEA expects to complete the development and finalization of the INMA framework in mid 2016, and after this milestone the INMA is open to participation by any university that is accredited by its Member State government. 

There are many universities providing management courses or lectures which are not listed here. This website aims to promote the INMA initiative and to get more universities interested in participating in it. It will also be used in future to publicize the programmes and courses of participating INMA university (and partner) programmes.

For information on the process for a university to become a full INMA Member, please go to the following link:
INMA – facilitating university implementation of master’s degree in nuclear technology management programmes

The first INMA Full Membership given to the University of Manchester

At the 2014 IAEA General Conference, a resolution was tabled and passed by the Member States supporting INMA that states the General Conference:

On page 13 in Section 3 (on NKM) resolution 5 referring to INMA that states:

5. Encourages the Secretariat to pursue its International Nuclear Management Academy (INMA) initiative, which supports collaborations among nuclear engineering universities around the world to develop a framework for implementing and delivering master’s level education programmes in nuclear management, and to facilitate Member State and stakeholder involvement, including financial support for students and course material development;

Recent Announcements

Future INMA Website Goals

Once the IAEA completes the development of the INMA framework, this website will become the official home page of the INMA. It will carry information about the INMA such as the list of universities implementing INMA programmes and a link to their website landing page where a more detailed description of them can be found. INMA programmes help managers working in the nuclear sector develop the competences they are expected to have. As part of the INMA framework, the IAEA has developed programme requirements, including detailed competency requirements, that university programmes must incorporate in their curricula in order to be endorsed by the IAEA. A university wanting to introduce an INMA programme and to use the INMA logo must demonstrate to the IAEA through a formal Peer Review process that all of the INMA competency areas have been incorporated in its programme. The INMA also promotes sharing of educational resources and reference material, especially e-learning modules through the Cyber Learning Platform for Nuclear Education and Training ("CLP4NET"). To access CLP4NET at the following link: CLP4NET landing page. Intellectual property agreements ensure the copyrights of the INMA content "donor" universities are protected.


The IAEA is very grateful to Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) for their ongoing extra-budgetary contributions to the Nuclear Energy Department’s Nuclear Knowledge Management Progamme.The funds have helped to establish the INMA framework as a sustainable international university collaboration initiative. Extra-budgetary contributions from other Member States are welcomed, particularly to provide support to the approved (but yet un-funded) inter-regional Technical Cooperation project to provide fellowship funding to students in developing countries to enroll in university INMA NTM degree programmes.

For more information please contact the Scientific Secretary John de Grosbois at: NKM-Contact

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