World Nuclear University – Fellowships
Applications will soon be invited for an exciting
new opportunity in the realm of nuclear education: The World Nuclear
University (WNU) Fellowship. A fellowship "Offering a unique
career building experience for future world leaders in nuclear
science and technology".
The new WNU Summer Institute providing this fellowship
is the first of its kind held by the WNU, established in the autumn
of 2003, and so itself relatively new.
From as many as 30-countries, some 60-WNU Fellows
selected from among the world's top nuclear students and leading
young professionals will participate in a unique and intensive
6-week training experience from 9th July – 20th August 2005.
Some of the world’s most prominent figures
in Science, Engineering and Environment will lecture on the course.
The training will cover a wide variety of nuclear energy issues,
team-building and leadership exercises with a view to developing
a growing global network and future leaders in the nuclear profession.
The curriculum for WNU Fellows will include presentations
from leading world experts on a broad spectrum of topics relevant
to the future of nuclear technology:
Global Setting – Including energy supply and demand,
global warming and climate change, sustainability, public
acceptance and key political issues and trends.
International Regimes – Including safety, non-proliferation
and security, waste management, transport, nuclear law and
control of global emissions.
Technology Innovation – Including next generation reactors,
advanced fuel cycle, hydrogen production and desalination.
Nuclear Industry Operations – Including
industry economies, knowledge management, fuel market, comparative
risk assessments, social ethics and operational excellence.
The presenters will include leading nuclear and
environmental scientists, industry experts, authors and policy
makers. Most notably among them will be Hans Blix, WNU Chancellor
and James Lovelock, renowned global environmental scientist and
author of Gaia Theory.
In order to qualify for the WNU Fellowship, Candidates/Applicants
Master’s level or equivalent experience
in science or engineering, with a knowledge of nuclear fundamentals;
Demonstrated academic or professional excellence;
Proficiency in English, particularly oral communication;
A maximum age of 32, though exceptions will
be considered on the basis of outstanding merit.
In late October 2004, WNU Fellowship applications
will be circulated/distributed to UN Missions in Vienna, to Member
Companies of WNA and WANO and to institutions involved in the
WNU network. The deadline for WNU Fellowship application is 1st
The selection process of WNU Fellows will be
made through consultation, led by the WNU Coordinating Centre
which includes the Founding Supporters and Country Representatives
in the WNU partnership network. The desire/aim is that an internationally
diverse mix of top students and young professionals from/in government
or the nuclear industry will be successful.
Accreditation for the Fellowship will take the
form of a certificate and such academic credit as may be awarded
by a Fellow’s own educational institution.
The U.S. Department of Energy has kindly agreed
to host this first WNU Summer Institute at the Idaho National
Laboratory (the designated technology innovation centre for the
American nuclear renaissance).
WNU Fellows will occupy hotel rooms near Idaho
Falls during the course and will visit the Idaho Nuclear Reservation
(during the 6-weeks).
A fixed tuition fee of approximately 9,500 dollars
will cover the cost of all course work, housing and food, although
this figure does not include travel expenses.
Fellows from government and industry will be
expected to cover their own expenses, while applicants from developing
countries should be eligible for IAEA assistance. The WNU budget
may provide top up funds where necessary.
Future venues for the WNU Summer Institute are
to be decided.
As the Summer Institute of the WNU evolves, so,
it is hoped, will the mission of the WNU be further realised:
“To elevate the prestige of the nuclear
profession and to develop and
inspire a new generation of leaders in nuclear technology worldwide”.
Source: World Nuclear University
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