The World Nuclear University (WNU) is a worldwide network of educational and research institutions engaged in peaceful uses of nuclear energy. It was inaugurated in 2003 under a Declaration of commitment by 32 initial participants and four founding supporters.
WNU offers a range of unique nuclear educational and training programmes around the world, organised by the WNU Coordinating Centre in joint collaboration with members of the WNU network. By drawing on the support of industry, governments and academia, these programmes are designed to meet the training requirements of international nuclear professionals, particularly in the area nuclear leadership. As of June 2016, almost 5000 participants from over 60 countries have attended WNU programmes.
WNU’s four founding members consist of two industry organisations: the World Nuclear Association and the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO); and two intergovernmental organisations: the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Since its inception, the WNU network has expanded to include more than 40 intergovernmental, academic and industry institutions in some 30 countries.
The WNU Chancellor is Dr Hans Blix, Director General-Emeritus of the IAEA, who headed that UN agency for 16 years and later served as chief of the United Nations Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission.
In 2015, with the help of brand experts, we have developed a new logo that uses vibrant colors to promote the dynamic, active and modern nature of WNU. The crossing lines represent the connection between different people, different ideas, and show the networking brought by the WNU programmes.