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University Programme Peer-Review Assessment (UPPRA)


The University Programme Peer-Review Assessment (UPPRA) is a comprehensive expert peer review service for nuclear engineering degree programmes. This service supports Member States in their efforts to establish undergraduate and graduate programmes to train students both in the fundamentals of nuclear energy and its application in wide range of cross-cutting areas of energy generation, safety and security.

In many Members States, nuclear engineering degree programmes have been established several decades ago, while other Member States, mainly countries embarking on nuclear power projects, are in the process of establishing new educational programmes, as part of their national nuclear infrastructure development efforts.

Upon request of national academic institutions in Member States, UPPRA review services provide an overall review and assessment of nuclear engineering programmes and provide recommendations. These reviews are based on the IAEA nuclear knowledge management and human resources development standards, technical guidance and international practices provided by an international team of nuclear experts.

While there are no internationally established standards on what a nuclear engineering curriculum should include, a representative curriculum is applied which includes a wide-range of technical topics and good practices tailored to the national needs.

Interested academic institutions can request the UPPRA service mission by contacting the IAEA’s Nuclear Knowledge Management team.


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