Polish Universities Launch New Courses To Support The Country’s Nuclear Programme

Six Polish universities, the energy firm PKN Orlen and the country’s Ministry of Education have signed a letter of intent for the roll-out of new nuclear energy-related courses to begin in the coming academic year.

The project aims at educating and training the future nuclear workforce, so as to support Poland’s ambitious nuclear plans.

The six universities which signed the letter of intent were

  • Poznań University of Technology,
  • Silesian University of Technology,
  • Gdańsk University of Technology,
  • AGH University of Science and Technology Stanisław Staszic in Krakow,
  • Warsaw University of Technology,
  • Wrocław University of Science and Technology.

Minister of Education and Science Przemysław Czarnek said that as well as nuclear specialists, there will be growing demand for “chemists, electrical engineers, chemical technology specialists, security and environmental protection specialists, cybersecurity specialists, scientists, and crisis response services”. There is also the challenge of filling the necessary specialist roles during the construction process.

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Last year, Poland signed international agreements to build the country’s first nuclear power plants by 2033.

Westinghouse Electric Company (ENS Corporate Member) and the Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power have been selected by State and private initiatives to develop the Polish nuclear programme, so accelerating Warsaw’s efforts towards energy security and decarbonisation.

Furthermore, several projects for the deployment of small modular reactors (SMRs) are currently under discussion.

Two applications have been already submitted to Poland’s National Atomic Energy Agency (Państwowa Agencja Atomistyki, PAA) for the assessment of Small Modular Reactor (SMR) technology.