UNENE joins International Atomic Energy Agency’s “Network of Networks”

Photo: IAEA

New agreement will help strengthen connections between Canadian universities and institutions abroad.

MARCH 10, 2021 – A number of global universities with a nuclear focus, including those within the UNENE community, will have more opportunities to collaborate, moving forward. 

UNENE has joined other regional education networks from around the world, as members in the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) Nuclear Education Networks Collaboration Agreement. A virtual signing ceremony was held on Feb. 25 featuring representatives from IAEA and signatories from the participating regional education networks. 

The objective of the agreement is to increase opportunities for the member institutions of the participating education networks to exchange information, work together on nuclear training and research as well as develop exchange opportunities for students, faculty and researchers. 

Prior to the agreement, UNENE had been an informal participant in IAEA educational network meetings. Becoming formal members of the global network will open doors for the Canadian academic community to share nuclear expertise, knowledge and innovations while gaining an understanding of work being done at universities abroad by global peers. 

The IAEA collaboration agreement includes:  

  • Asian Network for Education in Nuclear Technology (ANENT); 
  • Latin-American Network for Education in Nuclear Technology (LANENT); 
  • African Network for Nuclear Education, Science and Technology (AFRA-NEST); 
  • European Nuclear Education Network Association (ENEN); 
  • Regional Network for Education and Training in Nuclear Technology (STAR-NET in Austria); 
  • Belgian Nuclear Higher Education Network (BNEN); 
  • Nuclear Technology Education Consortium (NTEC in the United Kingdom); and  
  • University Network of Excellence in Nuclear Engineering (UNENE). 

The participating education networks, and their member universities, are invited to connect using the ENER connect platform to find out about virtual networking events, scholarly research and podcasts.