The Rector Presented at The IAEA The Master`s Degree Programme in Nuclear Security

Thursday, 05 March 2015 15:35

The Rector of UNWE Prof. D.Sc. (Econ.) Statty Stattev took part in the Working Group meeting of the International Nuclear Security Education Network (INSEN) which was held in Vienna in the period of 25-27 February in the building of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Prof. Stattev presented the Master`s Degree Programme in Nuclear Security starting at our university in the next academic year. The Master`s Degree Programme is in the English language for Bulgarian and foreign students and it is elaborated in compliance with the INSEN and IAEA requirements. The National and Regional Security Department is leading for the education. 

Prof. Statty Stattev (the second men on the left) is presenting the Master`s degree programme.

In the presentation of the Master`s Degree Programme took part also Chief Assist. Dr. Georgy Penchev from the National and Regional Security Department and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Svetoslav Spasov, permanent representative of the Republic of Bulgaria to the UN Office, Organization for Security and Co-Operation in Europe (OSCE) and other international organizations. A brief presentation of the Programme, its structure and activities for development was made by Chief Assist. Dr. Penchev.

Prof. Stattev and Assoc. Prof. Spasov (on the left)

The Master`s Degree Programme attracted the attention of participants in the Working group who were interested in the conditions of admission and education of students, target groups, etc.

The Rector answered the questions and emphasized on the complicity and interdisciplinary orientation of the Programme as well as on the necessity of working out the Programme in cooperation with other universities from Bulgaria and abroad, the Bulgarian Academy of Science (BAS) and other state institutions. The Programme is available also for students from countries which would like to develop a nuclear energetics but having no such experience as Bulgaria in this field. 

Prof. Stattev (in the middle), Asocc. Prof. Spasov (on the right) and Dr. Penchev in front of the IAEA building

The objective of the Master`s Degree Programme in Nuclear Security is to prepare highly qualified managerial personnel at middle management level for the needs of the nuclear industry. The structure of the Programme consists of a set of 12 compulsory courses providing a solid knowledge in the fundamental areas such as the legal framework, nuclear technologies and applications, radiation protection as well as an in-depth expertise in the main nuclear security areas along with more advanced 10 elective courses selected by students to obtain a specialization in certain areas of nuclear security. The Programme combines theoretical and practical sessions and includes also laboratory exercises, technical visits, simulations, etc.

During the Working Group meeting were discussed the results achieved in the education in nuclear security, upcoming courses and future activities in that field as well as the preparation of the INSEN Annual meeting in August 2015.

INSEN is an international network of universities, research and other organization that are currently involved in the training and education in nuclear security. At the moment members of INSEN are 122 organizations from 46 countries. The UNWE is adopted as a member of INSEN in June 2014 when it was signed an Agreement of Cooperation with the IAEA in the field of education and research in nuclear security during the visit of the IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano to Bulgaria. As a representative of UNWE to the INSEN was appointed Prof. Dr. Dimitar Dimitrov, Head of the National and Regional Security Department.  

The INSEN Working Group is established in order to elaborate standards and educational materials, to implement the education in nuclear security and spread the results among the IAEA member-states. In its structure the Working Group consists of three subgroups: for elaboration of standards and educational materials; for elaboration and implementation of courses for education and cooperation in the field of training and education; for spreading the achieved results. The UNWE participates in the second subgroup. 

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