MINA-2008: A renewed approach to mastering nuclear
engineering and applications in Spain
CIEMAT is Spain’s Public Research Agency
and a recognised centre of excellence renowned for its work in
the field of energy and environment. It is also a hotbed for
the development of various cutting edge technologies. Since its
creation in 1951, education and training in the nuclear field
has been a CIEMAT priority. To help it achieve this goal, the
Institute for Nuclear Studies was created in 1964 and since its
inception a major initiative that was launched was the originally
named “Course of Nuclear Engineering.” This course
has received considerable acclaim both at home and abroad. Over
the years it has adapted its course content and format to fit
the evolving national and international nuclear trends.
Inspired by the “nuclear renaissance” and
driven on by the challenge of preserving nuclear knowledge and
expertise and the bases that support the European Education Area,
it was decided that CIEMAT’s nuclear education and training
portfolio should adopt a radically new approach. This review
project was baptised MINA-2008 (Máster en Ingeniería
Nuclear y Aplicaciones). This paper outlines the major characteristics,
developmental phases and mechanisms that underpin MINA-2008.
MINA, thanks to a “project driven” approach,
intends to build a bridge between university education on the
one hand and technical capabilities demanded by today’s
nuclear industry and organisations on the other. In short, a
training package that provides participants with the real skills
needed to fit the demands of the nuclear sector.
Four major design bases support MINA:
Professional orientation: emphasis is put
on familiarisation and training in the latest nuclear engineering
technologies currently being applied.
Entire scope: Masters’ students
will be provided with an official academic degree that is
recognised by several national universities and, at the same
time, will help them gain their first foot on the employment
Integration policy: the Spanish
nuclear sector (electricity companies, vendors, fuel manufacturers,
regulators, the waste management agency, academia and research
centres) is deeply involved in all aspects of MINA. Suffice
to say that at the top level of MINA, an Advisory Committee
of the Masters’ Management Board has been set up at
the heart of the Spanish R+D Technological Platform on Fission
Nuclear Energy (CEIDEN).
Excellence in “Mastering:” Contributions
from academia, industry and research institutes will be balanced
and consistent with accepted experience and expertise in
the fields covered by MINA.
According to the agreed schedule, the first MINA “package” will
be the course offered in 2008-2009.
L.E. Herranz, J.C. García-Cuesta, S. Falcón, M.
Centro de Investigaciones Energéticas MedioAmbientales
y Tecnológicas (CIEMAT)
Avda. Complutense, 22 28040 Madrid
Tel: 91 346 62 19 Fax: 91 346 62 33