Khalifa University Opens IAEA Nuclear Energy Management School

ABU DHABI — Khalifa University opened the International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, Nuclear Energy Management, NEM, School today in Abu Dhabi.

The school is hosted in collaboration with the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation, FANR, Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation, ENEC, and the Nawah Energy Company, Nawah. The NEM School programme will run from 14th to 25th May, with over 30 experts from the IAEA and other institutions will provide lectures to the participants over the two-week course.

The number of participants has largely increased since the second round, boasting 56 young UAE professionals from ENEC, Nawah, FANR, CICPA and NCEMA, who are currently working on the national nuclear energy programme, in addition to participants from both Saudi Arabia and Malaysia.

The purpose of the joint UAE-IAEA NEMS is to provide a unique international educational experience aimed at building future leadership competencies to manage nuclear energy programmes. It provides a broad understanding of key issues and challenges associated with the peaceful use of nuclear technology such as safety, security, economics, public acceptance, non-proliferation, and associated risks.

Expert lectures will focus on the economics of nuclear power, energy policy and energy planning, legal aspects, knowledge management, human resource management, and stakeholder involvement. Participants will learn the fundamentals of nuclear energy, nuclear technologies, nuclear fuel cycle, nuclear safety, nuclear security, nuclear safeguards and radiation control.

“The UAE is currently building its nuclear program for peaceful purposes,” said Dr. Arif Sultan Al Hammadi, Khalifa University of Science Technology’s Interim Vice President, “Therefore, fostering human resources and providing them with the opportunities to acquire a broader knowledge of nuclear energy management is of the utmost importance. Khalifa University is pleased to assist with the education of our nuclear energy professionals, and to extend that education to the region and the world.”

“This is the third time that Khalifa University has hosted NEM School, which is a testament to the confidence IAEA has in our capabilities,” he continued.

“We are pleased to be part of the Joint UAE-IAEA Nuclear Energy Management School this year. Building Emirati capacity in nuclear sector is a necessity and equipping them with the right tools to be nuclear professionals in the future,” said Christer Viktorsson, Director-General of FANR.

“Hosting such a school in the UAE reflects the strong relationship we have with the IAEA and our commitment to national stakeholders towards achieving the goal of carrying out a peaceful, safe and secure nuclear programme,” Viktorsson added.

Source: Emirates News Agency