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    • Expression of Interest 1/6 Network of Excellence Network of excellence in Education, Research and Application in Nuclear Engineering and Sciences EXPRESSION OF INTEREST Network of Excellence Title of the Project NERANES Network of excellence in Education, Research and Application in Nuclear Engineering and Sciences Prepared by Studiecentrum voor Kernenergie – Centre d'étude de l'Energie Nucléaire, Belgium. Partners Partners in the ongoing Euratom FP-5 project ENEN1, contract FIR1-CT2001-80127. Other partners2, amongst others, universities with curricula in nuclear engineering and sciences, research institutes in nuclear engineering and sciences, the JRC, regulatory bodies, nuclear industry and utilities, international organisations such as the International Atomic Energy Agency and the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development. Some are already engaged in the ENEN project and foster future co-operation and implementation. June 07, 2002 This Expression of Interest is submitted in response to the European Commission Call EOI.FP6.2002. Official Journal of the European Communities C71/14 d.d. 20.3.2002. 1 The objective of the ongoing Euratom FP-5 project ENEN, contract FIR1-CT2001-80127 is to define t the major elements for a European network on education in nuclear engineering and science. 2 Most ENEN partners are from universities with nuclear engineering education schemes. Other partners are from research centres, running heavy nuclear infrastructure, performing leading edge research but also involved in education and training. Most partners keep in close touch with industry. Prepared by frans.moons@sckcen.be
    • Expression of Interest 2/6 Network of Excellence Network of excellence in Education, Research and Application in Nuclear Engineering and Sciences Aim of the proposed network To safeguard the necessary competence and expertise for the continued safe use of nuclear energy and other uses of radiation in industry and medicine by operating a network on education in nuclear sciences and engineering at the master, doctoral, post-doctoral level and for life-long learning schemes. Background to the proposed work “The aim is to better integrate European education and training in safety and radiation protection to combat the decline in both student numbers and teaching establishments, thus providing the necessary competence and expertise for the continued safe use of nuclear energy and other uses of radiation in industry and medicine. Support will focus on development of a more harmonised approach for education in the nuclear sciences and engineering in Europe and its implementation, including and the better integration of national resources and capabilities. This will be complemented by support for fellowships, special training courses, training networks, grants for young research workers from the NIS and CEE countries, and transnational access to infrastructure.” Commission of the European Communities. Amended proposals for Council Decisions concerning the specific programmes implementing the Sixth Framework Programme of the European Atomic Energy Community for research and training activities (2002-2006). COM (2002) 43 final, d.d. 30.1.2002, pag.190. “Work on eLearning will focus on personalised access to, and delivery of, learning as well as on advanced learning environments at school, university, in the workplace and in lifelong learning in general, taking the development of ambient intelligence.” Commission of the European Communities. Amended proposals for Council Decisions concerning the specific programmes implementing the Sixth Framework Programme of the European Community for research, technological development and demonstration activities (2002-2006). COM (2002) 43 final, d.d. 30.1.2002, pag.23. Expected results An operational network in education in nuclear sciences and engineering at the master, doctoral, post-doctoral level and for life-long learning schemes, underpinning: • Sustainability of Europe’s excellence in nuclear technology and science. • Harmonised approaches to safety and best practices, both operational and regulatory, at a European level in Member States and Candidate Countries. • Preservation of competence and expertise for the continued safe use of nuclear energy and other uses of radiation in industry and medicine. • Harmonised approach for education in nuclear sciences and engineering. Activities to achieve the proposed objectives In the integrated network • we implement the roadmap for nuclear education in Europe as developed in the different work packages and demonstrated by pilot sessions in the ongoing Euratom FP-5 project ENEN, contract FIR1-CT2001-80127, Prepared by frans.moons@sckcen.be
    • Expression of Interest 3/6 Network of Excellence Network of excellence in Education, Research and Application in Nuclear Engineering and Sciences • we teach advanced courses preferably at selected centres of excellence,  bridging leading edge research and new knowledge generation with teaching and education,  fostering jointly executed leading edge research and knowledge generation also with wider application fields e.g. site rehabilitation schemes  creating nuclei of excellence for doctoral schools in nuclear sciences • we warrant the industrial relevance of the education at all levels by recruiting (part-time) professors out of industry and by providing (re-)training of nuclear industry personnel • we facilitate transnational access to research infrastructure. . Expertise needed to achieve objectives Providing the necessary competence and expertise for the continued safe use of nuclear energy and other uses of radiation in industry and medicine requires • the academic skills. Here the academic system acts as guarantor. • leading edge research. Selected centres of excellence in nuclear research or overlapping disciplines e.g. thermal hydraulics, space, plasma physics at universities or research centres • laboratory infrastructure at universities, research centres and in industry • awareness of industrial and societal reality. Fragmentation of education in nuclear engineering and science in different countries calls for a double strata approach: • preserve on national or regional levels at least the basic education in nuclear engineering and science, however with a modular, ECTS3 based curriculum, fostering student and professor’s mobility. Student’s prerequisites are defined. Students with a non-optimal previous study career, get access with one or two semesters to make up for the prerequisites • centres of excellence for advanced courses and leading edge research. In the network, nuclear education in Europe is organised towards the fulfilment of the objectives of the Bologna declaration of June 19, 1999 where 29 countries pledged to reform their higher education system in a convergent way. The common curriculum and the implementation of the European Credit Transfer System, creating curricular transparency and facilitating academic recognition, foster student and professors mobility and pave the way for a European Master’s degree. “The European Master’s degree should be a supplement to the already existing national degrees and not a replacement. One important purpose of this degree is to motivate mobility”, Thomas Östros, Swedish Minister for Education and Science, Gothenburg, March 28, 2001. Proposed consortium 3 European Credit Transfer System, ECTS, credits are a value allocated to course units to describe the student workload required to complete them. In ECTS, 60 credits represent one year of study, in terms of workload. See http://europa.eu.int/comm/education/socrates/ects.html Prepared by frans.moons@sckcen.be
    • Expression of Interest 4/6 Network of Excellence Network of excellence in Education, Research and Application in Nuclear Engineering and Sciences • universities with curricula in nuclear engineering and sciences • research institutes in nuclear engineering and sciences, including JRC • nuclear industry and plant operators, as individual legal entities or through corporate organisations such as WANO • technical safety organisations such as Gesellschaft für Reaktorsicherheit • regulatory bodies • international organisations such as IAEA, OECD-NEA. How the Network will be managed Prepared by frans.moons@sckcen.be
    • Expression of Interest 5/6 Network of Excellence Network of excellence in Education, Research and Application in Nuclear Engineering and Sciences The core group of the Network might consist out of the present-day ENEN4 consortium, having pioneering experience in a network on education and training in nuclear engineering and science. The core group shall also take a responsibility of co- ordination and information within their respective countries. Gradually the Network will integrate additional partners. On the longer term the generic functioning of the academic education system in Europe takes over the role of the Network. A Network co-ordinator performs the daily management of the Network. A Committee of experienced partners supervise and tutor the Network co-ordinator. 4 Studiecentrum voor Kernenergie • Centre d’étude de l’Energie Nucléaire Budapest University of Technology and Economics Chech Technical University Institut "Jozef Stefan" CEA-INSTN Kungl Tekniska Högskolan K. U. Leuven Research and Development Consorzio Interuniversitario per la Ricerca Tecnologica Nucleare Universiteit Gent Slovak University of Technology Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich Delft University of Technology Helsinki University of Technology Atominstitut der Österreichischen Universitäten Université Catholique de Louvain University of Birmingham University "Politehnica" of Bucharest Universidad Politecnica de Madrid National Technical University of Athens Technische Universität München Ustav jaderného vyzkumu REZ Center of Technology and Engineering for Nuclear ProjectsB HU CZ SI F S B I B SK CH NL FIN A B UK RO E EL D CZ RO Prepared by frans.moons@sckcen.be
    • Expression of Interest 6/6 Network of Excellence Network of excellence in Education, Research and Application in Nuclear Engineering and Sciences Finance Operational academic education and training schemes in nuclear sciences and engineering are part of national academic education funding. As already operational in several countries, industry involvement is fostered. The Network looks for support, amongst others, • to co-ordinate the network • for mobility of teachers and students • for additional costs for access to infrastructure at centres of excellence • for development and implementation of e- and distant learning approaches Prepared by frans.moons@sckcen.be