UAE Uni­ver­sity deep­ens co­op­er­a­tion with IAEA on nu­clear

The de­vel­op­ment of na­tional nu­clear power pro­grammes re­quires train­ing for qual­i­fied nu­clear pro­fes­sion­als

Utilities Middle East - - NUCLEAR UPDATE -

As the UAE pre­pares to launch the GCC’s first ever nu­clear power plant, it is tak­ing se­ri­ously the need for de­vel­op­ing nu­clear ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing pro­grammes, and con­stantly up­dat­ing them.

A prac­ti­cal ar­range­ment agree­ment re­cently signed be­tween the depart­ment of nu­clear en­ergy at the In­ter­na­tional Atomic En­ergy Agency (IAEA) and the UAE’s Uni­ver­sity of Shar­jah is ex­pected to fa­cil­i­tate the coun­try’s ef­forts to build skills around nu­clear en­ergy.

Ac­cord­ing to the IAEA, the de­vel­op­ment and man­age­ment of na­tional nu­clear power pro­grammes re­quire a sys­tem­atic and con­tin­u­ous train­ing for qual­i­fied nu­clear pro­fes­sion­als.

“Given the IAEA’s wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence and var­i­ous tools, our en­gage­ment with the Agency is crit­i­cal for the suc­cess of re­gional train­ing cour­ses,” said Walid Met­wally, As­so­ciate Pro­fes­sor at the uni­ver­sity’s Col­lege of En­gi­neer­ing fol­low­ing the agree­ment sign­ing on the side­line of the 62nd Gen­eral Con­fer­ence.

“Us­ing IAEA’s col­lec­tion of ed­u­ca­tional sim­u­la­tors, the aim is to equip par­tic­i­pants with the nec­es­sary knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence needed in the nu­clear sec­tor.

Col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Uni­ver­sity of Shar­jah, in the United Arab Emi­rates, started in early 2018, with the launch­ing of a re­gional train­ing course in the Mid­dle East on pres­surised wa­ter re­ac­tors (PWRs).

Un­der the Prac­ti­cal Ar­range­ments, the IAEA and the Uni­ver­sity Shar­jah will ex­change and dis­sem­i­nate in­for­ma­tion, in­clud­ing pub­li­ca­tions and shar­ing of ex­pe­ri­ences and best prac­tices in the area of nu­clear power tech­nolo­gies

They will also host re­gional train­ings, ed­u­ca­tion cour­ses and work­shops on ad­vanced re­ac­tor tech­nolo­gies, in­clud­ing sim­u­la­tors; es­tab­lish­ment of and sup­port to nu­clear re­ac­tor in­ter­net lab­o­ra­to­ries; and par­tic­i­pa­tion in IAEA Co­or­di­nated Re­search Projects.

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