On September 18th, 2013, Raúl Barrachina, LANENT President, made a presentation on the “Role of University and Educational Networks in Nuclear Knowledge Creation and Transfer” which was part of the side event to the IAEA 57th General Conference titled “Networks for Collaboration in Nuclear Education and Training”, which was held in Vienna, Austria.
In his presentation, Mr Barrachina highlighted that nuclear technology is essential for meeting growing energy demands and, further, that it is useful in the areas of health, industrial and agricultural development along with the protection of the environment.
Another important aspect emphasized during the presentation was the need to include nuclear knowledge in pre-graduate educational levels and to extend nuclear knowledge to the general public, journalists, and politicians, among others. In furtherance of this objective, it is a key factor in seeking cooperation between the industrial sector, universities and the government.
Mr Barrachina also laid emphasis on the fact that nuclear educational networks lead to a better use of available educational resources, facilitate sharing of information, experience, resources, good practices and lessons learned, which are key factors in preserving knowledge on the development of nuclear energy. Other advantages of these networks are that they foster a forum to discuss policies and strategies for nuclear education and that they also enable students to get updated and valuable information on special subjects.
LANENT’s President also gave emphasis to the role of new technologies in nuclear training, especially on the use of cyber learning platforms. In this respect, Mr Barrachina mentioned the initiatives by LANENT and its counterparts in the other continents, such as AFRA-NEST in Africa, ANENT in Asia, and ENEN in Europe.
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