Introduction

The WNU short course is an opportunity for emerging and expanding nuclear nations to host in their own country a training programme delivered by the world’s foremost experts in a cost-effective way.   Since the first one in China in 2007, almost forty WNU short courses with about 3500 attendees have been held. These courses have been held in different places around the world.  Check the planned courses for the current year.


Objectives


The WNU short course “The World Nuclear Industry Today” is designed to enhance the knowledge of attendees about the status of nuclear energy in the world today and its likely development. The course also aims to inspire attendees to further their career in this exciting and expanding field.  
For the participants, the expected outcomes of the WNU short courses are:
-  Improved knowledge about nuclear energy in the world today;
-  Recognition of how local skills and experience fit into the global nuclear picture;
-  Inspiration to develop an expansive vision of where the industry can go in the future;
-  Networking with nuclear professionals in their countries and with international experts.

 

Participants

 

Target participants are professionals from national nuclear research centres, local nuclear industry and potential nuclear supply chain companies, regulators and representatives of governmental bodies concerned with nuclear, environmental and energy matters, university students and academia from science and engineering departments as well as legal, social and economic fields.

They will generally be people with some background knowledge of nuclear and maybe some specialist knowledge in one or more areas.

Depending on the host organization, invitations are extended to nearby countries.

Each course aims at attracting around 100 or more attendees, but this may vary by location.


Methodology 


The WNU short course offers lectures with opportunities for question and answer sessions, technical tours to local nuclear facilities, working group activities to discuss the key points from the lectures and networking activities.  All teaching is in English.

Topics


The course encompasses a range of up-to-date topics with the aim of offering essential knowledge, a global perspective and an exciting vision of the future. The curriculum is agreed with the host organization and typically covers energy demand and supply, technology, safety, project management and effective communications over about 30 hours of intensive and dynamic activity. 

Leading world experts will present overviews in an accessible way. Local experts present national capabilities in the nuclear area. Lecturers are encouraged to focus on key points and draw out relevant issues for further discussion.

 

Hosting a WNU Short Course

Locations are chosen where there is significant local interest in nuclear energy but a limited ability for several people to travel large distances for training. The courses are hosted by local academic, business or governmental institutions or professional associations. Attendees come mainly from the host country but invitations are sometimes extended to nearby countries with close academic, political or cultural ties.
The short course can be shortened to an intensive three days plus a day technical visit to a nuclear installation. 

Local nuclear energy associations, industry or governmental institutions host and promote the events. The local host institution is responsible for attracting the attendees and arranging their registration. Hosts also provide the lecture room, WI-FI,  internet and audio-visual requirements, as well as coffee-breaks. Ideally, some local lecturers should be available to supplement the faculties which present the course. WNU may assist in travel cost of the teaching faculty from abroad.

Those interested in having the course come to their country are invited to contact us on wnu@world-nuclear-university.org.  



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