Title: Need for strengthening Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Safeguards Education to prepare the next generation of experts.
Citation: Proc. 2014 IAEA Symposium in International Safeguards p. 182
Publisher: IAEA International Atomic Energy Agency
Publication Year: 2014
JRC N°: JRC94270
URI: http://www.iaea.org/safeguards/symposium/2014/home/eproceedings/sg2014_eproceedings_online.pdf
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: Although nuclear non-proliferation and safeguards are a continuous concern of the international community and discussed frequently at international fora, conferences and treaty meetings, nuclear non-proliferation and safeguards is only very seldom part of a university curriculum. In the few cases where it does appear in the curriculum, let it be in a nuclear engineering course or a political sciences master program, it is typically covered only partially. Nuclear non-proliferation and safeguards are multidisciplinary and embrace, inter alia, historical, legal, technical, and political aspects. This is perhaps the reason why it is challenging to develop and implement a comprehensive academic course or program in this area. Professional organizations in this field, like the European Safeguards Research and Development Association (ESARDA) and the Institute for Nuclear Materials Management (INMM), have made first steps to address this issue by implementing specific educational activities. However, much more needs to be done. Therefore, ESARDA, INMM and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) are in the process of joining efforts to identify key elements and priorities to support universities in establishing appropriate and effective academic programs in this area. This paper will share best practices, achievements and lessons learned by ESARDA, INMM and the IAEA in providing education and training to develop and maintain the expertise of nuclear non-proliferation and safeguards professionals. In addition, it will suggest potential ways on how to assist universities to get prepared for building-up the next generation of experts able to meet any future challenges in the area of non-proliferation and safeguards.
JRC Directorate:Nuclear Safety and Security

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