IAEA Guidance for University Programmes

The IAEA has released a new publication to help guide universities to incorporate management aspects of nuclear technology into their nuclear education programmes.

The nuclear industry and radiation technology sector rely on qualified human resources that are developed through nuclear education and training programmes and supported by government and industry. Among the broad range of specialists needed to ensure a capable workforce, competent managers are a vital component. Management of nuclear and radiation technology over its life cycle is challenging and complex, requiring competencies specific to each sector.

However, engineers and scientists at organizations using nuclear and radiation technology often have limited opportunities to obtain formal management education. Likewise, managers in these sectors often lack a qualification from a technical degree programme and typically have few chances of obtaining such formal education.

“In consulting with managers and universities, the need for master’s degree programmes in management for the nuclear and radiological sectors became clear,” said David Drury, Head of the IAEA’s Nuclear Knowledge Management Section. “There is a clear need for managers in the industry to acquire not only practical experience, but also formal education focused on theory, concepts and academic exercises. Nuclear regulators have also recognized the need and benefits of establishing post-graduate programmes in nuclear technology management.”

The new publication, titled International Nuclear Management Academy Master’s Programmes in Nuclear Technology Management aims to support the establishment and delivery of nuclear technology management (NTM) programmes, to enable the combined learning of both the technical and management aspects of nuclear projects and nuclear facilities. This holistic approach aims to enhance operational performance and standards of safety of nuclear and radiation technology facilities worldwide.

This publication describes how the International Nuclear Management Academy (INMA) supports the establishment of NTM programmes, details common NTM programme requirements, the types of IAEA assistance available for universities wishing to establish an NTM programme, and the process for receiving INMA NTM programme endorsement.