In March 2015, the Polish Government launched a call for tender entitled "Preparing and carrying out training and internship on nuclear energy". The tender aimed at training 120 Polish nuclear students, academics, and professionals for the future Polish nuclear program. After 7 months of tender, the Polish Government decided to award 1/3 of the tender to three different countries, including France.


    I2EN, Andra, AREVA, ATMEA, CEA, EDF, ENGIE, with the support of the French Embassy in Brazil, participated in the International Nuclear Atlantic Conference (INAC), which took place in São Paulo from October 4-9, 2015. The 2015 edition of the event focused on State policies to support the development of a sustainable nuclear power program in Brazil.


    From June 15-19, 2015, I2EN, CEA/INSTN, AREVA, EDF, and ENGIE organized a tour of French and Belgian nuclear education & training facilities and institutions for a Turkish delegation of 12 academics, Government representatives, and industrials. They visited the EDF national training center, the CETIC AREVA/EDF maintenance training center, the AREVA welding school, vocational high schools, and CEA’s R&D facilities.

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    From June 21 to August 4, 2015, the International Institute of Nuclear Energy (I2EN), the French National Institute of Nuclear Science and Technology (CEA/INSTN), AREVA, and EDF welcomed a group of 24 Saudi students and 2 supervisors from King Abdulaziz University (KAU) for courses, experiments, and technical visits on nuclear energy


    SAFETY CULTURE TRAINING & INFORMATION IN EUROPE   Nushare aims to develop safety culture training for a variety of audiences within the framework of FP7. Claude Renault (CEA/INSTN) is in charge of developing the program for civil society stakeholders.   The Nushare kick-off meeting took place in Paris on February 14, 2013. What does the project consist in?   The aim of the project is to develop and implement training and information activities designed to develop the nuclear safety culture in all Member States. In practice, it involves designing training schemes and running them in the form of modules, which will eventually become standardized. Phase 1 (2013) involves the design of the modules. Phase 2 (2014-2016) involves performance of the training program, in 3 successive steps: pilot sessions, confirmation sessions, then standardization. Nushare (Project for Sharing & Growing Nuclear Safety Culture) is a Euratom initiative. With funding of one million euros over 4 years (2013-2016), the project is coordinated by the European Nuclear Education Network.   Who is the safety culture training intended for?   The aim is not to directly address the general public on such a technical subject. INSTN is responsible for developing training courses dedicated to a target group referred to as “policy makers and decision makers”, while ENSTTI and Tecnatom are coordinating the training program for safety experts and industrial firms respectively.   Which specific training aspects will you be developing?   I involved the communication department at CEA and I2EN to cooperate with INSTN on the analysis of the target audiences and for international contacts. We identified specific target groups: - Policy makers (elected officials and personnel of Government Departments, parliaments, regions, local authorities, etc.); - and the Media; For these groups, we must study specific, appropriate formats. For example, we are looking at either very short, presence-based, or virtual desynchronized training sessions, using e-learning techniques.  

    Claude Renault is senior expert at CEA and professor at INSTN. He joined INSTN in 2010 where he currently holds the position of Deputy Head of E&T Programmes on Nuclear Science and Energy. His expertise and teaching experience mainly cover thermal-hydraulics and design and operation of nuclear reactors. He was responsible at national and international level, of several R&D projects in the areas of severe accidents (ASTEC) and nuclear fuel behavior (PLEIADES). Between 2001 and 2009, he was heavily involved in R&D programs devoted to future nuclear reactors (Generation IV). Claude Renault is a member of the Board of ENEN.
      More information: - ENEN - European Nuclear Education Network - NUSHARE Project


    New Delhi, February 14, 2013: EM Nantes signs two agreements with new Indian Partners: the University of Petroleum and Energy Studies (UPES) and the Mody Institute of Technology and Science (MITS)   DOUBLE-DEGREE AGREEMENTS BETWEEN EM NANTES* AND INDIA   In February 2013, EM Nantes Graduate School of Engineering signed two new double-degree agreements in India with the University of Petroleum and Energy Studies (UPES) in Dehradun in the North of the country and with the Mody Institute of Technology and Science (MITS) in Lakshmangarh, Rajasthan. The agreements are based on the SNEAM international Master's program in Sustainable Nuclear Engineering—Applications and Management.   Three questions to Annya Requilé, Dean of EM Nantes International Graduate School of Engineering.   What new prospects do these agreements open up?   The development of double-degree agreements allows us to strengthen the attractiveness of our courses abroad and foster international cooperation. The double-degree program is developed jointly by professors from the two institutions, to guarantee the quality of the qualification certified by the double-degree. It therefore helps develop our professors' mobility. Double-degrees at Master level are usually a first step leading up to thesis joint tutorships. These double-degree programs will provide students with sound knowledge in nuclear engineering, and in the field of social sciences and project management. Students selected for these double-degree programs will spend a full year in each partner institution. At EM Nantes Graduate School of Engineering, they will learn French and discover the French culture. The first five students selected will graduate with a double diploma in July 2014. Bringing Indian and French students along with students from other countries together within a program fosters the development of international knowledge networks in nuclear energy. The Indian students will therefore be perfect ambassadors for France when they return home.   Why work specifically with India?   We have developed our partnership agreements with India in nuclear energy because the country has some twenty nuclear reactors and because nuclear power accounts for 2.7% of its overall power generation capacity. India also has plans to considerably increase the number of nuclear plants by 2030 and participates in the ITER program (International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor) in Cadarache, France. EM Nantes Graduate School of Engineering bases its Master's degree program on research done at the Subatech lab (Joint Research Unit between CNRS, EM Nantes Graduate School of Engineering, and Nantes University). For example, the component on nuclear waste has allowed us to develop a highly complementary double-degree with our Indian partners and one that is consistent with development of nuclear power in India. Courses leading to double diplomas have long been in existence at EM Nantes Graduate School of Engineering. Some twenty double-degree programs are now available but these are the first double-degree programs with India. There is very high demand for training in the country and Indian students who have done this double-degree programs will enjoy great opportunities on the job market and in our French companies, especially those operating in India, with very interesting salary and career prospects.   How were these agreements signed?   We began developing relations with our partners two years ago and the agreements were signed on February 14, 2013, on the occasion of French President François Hollande’s visit, together with the Secretary of Higher Education and Research Mrs. G. Fioraso and her Indian counterpart.  

    Annya Réquilé Annya Requile is Associate Professor of Computer Science and Dean of the EM Nantes International Graduate School of Engineering. PhD in computer science from Lille 1 University, Annya chooses to begin her career in business. Seven years later, hoping to reconnect with teaching and research, she joins EM Nantes Graduate School of Engineering as a professor in computer science. She initiated several European projects and the setting-up of an original curriculum bringing together partners from Europe and Latin America: a Master of Science in computer science, fully taught in English. Appointed in 2005 Dean of EM Nantes International Graduate School of Engineering, she set up and developed 12 Master's programs, promoting them worldwide as well as recruiting and monitoring students on site and abroad. To build her own experience abroad, Annya has lived and worked in Tokyo and Melbourne. Last month, she accompanied the French Government delegation to India and returned with two new double degree agreements for the SNEAM international Master’s program in Sustainable Nuclear Engineering—Applications and Management.
      More information :   - SNEAM international Master's program in Sustainable Nuclear Engineering—Applications and Management. - IMT Atlantique international partner network   * Now IMT ATLANTIQUE BRETAGNE PAYS DE LA LOIRE


    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.   More information: - 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


    INAUGURATION OF THE SINO-FRENCH INSTITUTE OF NUCLEAR ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY, CHINA, SEPTEMBER 2011   The Sino-French Institute of Nuclear Engineering and Technology (IFCEN) was inaugurated on September 15th, 2011, at Sun Yat-Sen University, Zhuhai, China. "The goal is to train highly qualified engineers to take part in the construction and operation of nuclear plants in the province of Guangdong, where two French-designed power plants have already been commissioned", explains Claude Guet, I2EN Deputy Director for International Affairs, who sits on IFCEN's Steering Committee. "And the institute is located not very far from the future EPR reactor that is being built by AREVA & EDF in association with the Chinese operator CGNPC." With a first class of 100 students welcomed in September 2010, IFCEN proposes 6 years of education for engineers, based on the model of French Grandes Ecoles (two years of preparatory classes followed by three years of Graduate School of Engineering). Two majors will be set up, one in nuclear engineering and NPP operation, the other in materials science and nuclear fuel cycle. The best French and Chinese experts will teach at IFCEN.   On the French side, IFCEN is supported by a consortium of five education institutions: Grenoble INP, the Grenoble Institute of Technology; IMT Atlantique (formerly Ecole des Mines de Nantes), ENSCM, Montpellier Graduate School of Chemistry; Chimie ParisTech, Paris Graduate School of Chemical Engineering; and the French National Institute for Nuclear Science & Technology (CEA/INSTN). The Institute also receives strong support from industrial companies, both French and Chines : CEA, EDF, AREVA, Bureau Veritas, and the Chinese operator CGNPC.   IFCEN website

    Inauguration of IFCEN

    OFFICIAL OPENING OF I2EN, THE INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE OF NUCLEAR ENERGY, FRANCE   On June 27, 2011, Valérie Pécresse—then Secretary of Higher Education and Research, and Eric Besson—then Secretary of Industry, Energy, and Digital Economy, inaugurated I2EN, the International Institute of Nuclear Energy. The Institute was to become the key player in nuclear education and training for international students in France. Founded by 24 partners, I2EN started business in September 2010. The official opening took place at the French National Institute for Nuclear Science and Technology (INSTN, CEA/Saclay), where I2EN main offices are based.   Press kit (in French) Press release and speeches on the website of the French Department of Education, Higher Education, and Research (in French)

    Inauguration of I2EN
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