Prague, May 9, 2012: Jacques Figuet, Acting Director of I2EN & Vaclav Dostal, Vice-President of CENEN sign a cooperation agreement between the two institutes.
FRANCE & THE CZECH REPUBLIC BOOST THEIR COOPERATION IN EDUCATION & TRAINING FOR NUCLEAR ENERGY
On May 9, 2012, I2EN and CENEN signed an agreement to foster information & experience sharing and further cooperate in nuclear education & training.
France and the Czech Republic are willing to establish and sustain effective collaboration in nuclear education and training aiming at the development of the human resources, knowledge, and skills necessary to establish and maintain a safe and secure nuclear power program.
France, which produces about 75% of its electricity from nuclear energy, has developed specific training programs over the years. In close collaboration with research organizations and industry, these educational programs benefit from the latest advances in research and from industrial operating feedback. The Czech Republic operates two NPPs (6 reactors) and is actively preparing the construction of two new units.
The agreement between I2EN and CENEN was signed on the occasion of a ceremony organized at the French Embassy in Prague attended by Pierre Levy, French Ambassador to the Czech Republic, Ivan Wilhelm, Czech Vice Minister of Education, Youth & Sports, and Frantisek Pazdera, Czech Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade. "Focused actions will be organized by the two partners", says Claude Barbalat (I2EN), in charge of the collaboration on the French side. According to him and Vaclav Dostal (CENEN and CVUT) this collaboration will mainly focus on “student & educational specialists exchanges (internships, lectures, scientific journeys); workshops and meetings of educational specialists to share experiences; improvement of educational programs by means of comparison of the systems of the two countries; exchange of information about curricula and syllabi; as well as on the preparation of double degree programs.» In addition, I2EN & CENEN will setup a “Doctoral Initiative” fostering exchanges of young PhD students from France and Czech Republic. "Joint selection of thesis subjects and students, as well as joint supervision will be facilitated, » specify Claude Barbalat and Vaclav Dostal.
The Czech Nuclear Education Network (CENEN), is the Czech coordination body for nuclear education and training. The members of CENEN are not universities themselves, but the Departments that offer nuclear-related courses. They facilitate direct access to Czech nuclear education. The non-academic members include the Czech nuclear regulatory body and the most important companies in the field of nuclear energy operation, industry and research.
- I2EN-CENEN seminar on nuclear safety for French & Czech students and young researchers, Prague, May 29-June 1, 2012 (in French)
- "Nuclear Engineering Education in the Czech Republic", presentation by Vaclav DostaL, I2EN Workshop, January 9-11, 2013