The first-ever Masters Program in Nuclear Security was launched at a ceremony at the Reactor Institute of the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands on Thursday.
The Masters Program marks the growing importance of security on the global nuclear agenda, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said in a press release.
Five other European universities are also taking part in the program. They are: the University of Oslo, the Technical University of Vienna, the Brandenburg University of Applied Sciences, the Democritus University of Thrace in Greece, and the University of Manchester Dalton Nuclear Institute.
Ten students are currently enrolled in the program, under which they will spend time or attend lectures at the participating universities in the next 20 months.
The syllabus is based on the 12 modules defined in the IAEA's Educational Program in Nuclear Security, which is a publication under the IAEA Nuclear Security Series.
The course includes prevention and planning; detection of, and response to, unauthorized access; theft; sabotage; and illegal transfer or other malicious acts involving nuclear material, other radioactive substances or their associated facilities. The Masters Program aims to provide nuclear security managers with the ability to effectively build strategies and tactics within organizations to manage security hazards and risks.
The course is being launched amid growing international awareness of the threat of malicious acts involving nuclear material, says the U.N. nuclear watchdog.
Speaking on the occasion, IAEA Director-General Yukiya Amano commended the efforts to train a new generation of experts who can help to improve global nuclear security.
"Strengthening nuclear security throughout the world remains a challenge for all of us," Amano said, adding that "national governments have primary responsibility for nuclear security, but international cooperation is vital. It is clear that we will need a new generation of policy-makers and nuclear professionals who will have a proper understanding of the importance of nuclear security," he told the students and faculty members.
During his visit, Amano also re-designated the Reactor Institute Delft as an IAEA Collaborating Center for a further three years.
by RTT Staff Writer
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