OREANDA-NEWS. Three years after its launch in 2013, the IAEA’s International Nuclear Management Academy (INMA) initiative, a collaboration framework for universities, is making headway in its quest to provide future professionals with the proper education and skills necessary to lead the nuclear sector.

In an event on the side-lines of the IAEA’s 60th General Conference, IAEA experts and stakeholders from both academia and industry shared the latest on their work under INMA.

"After many consultations with about 20 interested Member State universities and stakeholders over the past four years, we have developed common requirements for the programme and a flexible cooperation framework," said John de Grosbois, Head of the Nuclear Knowledge Management section at the IAEA.

The IAEA launched the IMNA initiative in collaboration with nuclear engineering and science universities, as well as with employers from the nuclear sector, to support universities in implementing high-quality Master’s level programmes in nuclear technology management. The motivation behind this initiative was to address the lack of Master’s level programmes in nuclear technology management, as MBA-type programmes did not address the competency requirements of the nuclear sector and, therefore, left many graduates unable to assume more complex roles in nuclear organizations.

Speaking of the United Kingdom’s experience with INMA, Sarah Heath, Director of the University of Manchester’s Dalton Nuclear Institute, said that the universities in the UK offered courses that provided technical and project management training at the Master’s level. However, these lacked a specific nuclear focus.

"This led us to launch our programme. We have learned a lot from it, and we are developing it further in closer alignment with industry needs," she said. 

The INMA framework defines competencies in four areas of nuclear management: the external environment, nuclear technology, management and administration and leadership. It also facilitates inter-university cooperation, involvement of industry stakeholders and resource sharing.