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The WNU Summer Institute is an intensive 270 hours leadership development programme  held annually in different locations. It offers dynamic lectures, invited leaders presentations, field trips to nuclear and industrial facilities, social events and team projects led by some of the world’s foremost authorities.  These cover the global energy setting and sustainable development, technology innovations, international safety regime, economics and project structuring.  The programme also includes cultural and social events. 

Each WNU Summer Institute involves some 70 participants, called Fellows, selected from promising nuclear professionals who have demonstrated strong leadership potential. WNU Fellows become part of an expanding global network of future leaders in the nuclear profession. Since the Summer Institute’s inception in 2005, a total of some 1132 Fellows from 84 countries have successfully completed the WNU Summer Institute.

Click here for a Summer Institute Programme Overview.

In 2018, the Summer Institute programme was nominated in the top-three for the ATOMEXPO AWARD in the category Human Capital Development, which is awarded for projects aiming at creating talent pools, improving qualification levels, developing and strengthening corporate culture.

Quotes from participants

“What is more important than creating future leaders in the nuclear industry? Nothing - and the Summer Institute is the programme that takes a group of young, intelligent and highly interested people, who are ready to learn and to take the lead.”
2018 Lecturer

“There are three main things, I can bring back to work after the Summer Institute: a broader appreciation for the nuclear industry as a whole, a renewed sense of confidence, 
and most important an international network of  high-level professionals with divers backgrounds and expertise.”
  2018 Fellow

“The Summer Institute gave me the opportunity to become part of the international community of leading international experts.” 2018 Fellow

“Above all, the key contribution that WNU SI had on me is the respect one earns by being there for other fellows, hence being there for the industry in general. 
Some of my beliefs in leadership got reinforced during group discussions and listening to the experiences of industry leaders, hence WNU SI becomes a driver for quality. 
Networking with fellow industry professionals is a lifetime of opportunities, friendship and fun, hence WNU SI forms a pathway for the future.”
2016 Fellow

“It is an experience of a lifetime. The opportunity to learn and meet giants in the industry is amazing. I cemented friendships with people from all of the globe. 
It is a special experience that I would recommend to anyone in the industry. I feel honoured to have been part of the 2016 WNU.”
 2016 Fellow

"For sure the participation in SI for me played significant role in my career." […] 
Afterwards, "I prepared presentations for the country's leadership, in particular, for the President and the Prime Minister.
Two years after my participation, we were able to organize short courses during the opening of Expo-2017 in Astana.
" 2015 Fellow
This was a one of a kind experience (…) 
I grew so much by listening to the lecturers, visiting other sites and by the day to day interactions with people from all over the world.
” 2015 Fellow

'The SI is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to build an international peer network of nuclear professionals from all over the world and from all areas of the nuclear industry' 2011 Fellow

'The WNU Summer Institute has changed my outlook for the future, both for my career and personally. Meeting such a diverse mix of people with different academic, professional and cultural backgrounds has taught me a great deal, as well as opening up a world-wide network to support me in my future career', 2010 Fellow

'It is the most positive, dynamic, learning experience that you will experience in your life', 2010 Fellow


Article by a 2016 Alumnus, Dan McLaughlin

Article by a 2013 Alumnus (French version), Melissa Fabian


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