The program is taken part by key officials from 14 countries and the director of the IAEA Technology Cooperation Bureau.
KEPCO International Nuclear Graduate School (KINGS, President: Park Goon-cherl) is providing the ‘Interregional Training Course on Nuclear Power Infrastructure Capacity Building in Member States Introducing and Expanding Nuclear Power’ for 19 key officials from 14 countries that are preparing to construct nuclear power plants, jointly with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The 6-week customized training program will be conducted at the KINGS Campus from June 10 through July 19.
Curriculum of the education program comprises all processes for constructing and operating nuclear power plants, including preparation plan, feasibility study, selection of site, issuance of tender, conclusion of contract, design, production, construction, trial run and operation. In-depth education will be provided by professional instructors and lecturers in Korea and other countries based on experiences of Korea and guideline of the IAEA so that the 6-week course can practically help trainees effectively push forward nuclear power plant construction projects in their own countries.
With understanding of each other’s objective, the IAEA and KINGS concluded an agreement in July 2012 for providing education programs, and they jointly conducted a one-week education program in November 2012 at the KINGS Campus. Since then, the two organizations have been expanding cooperation for operating the graduate school, including support for selection of trainees and curriculum programs. The IAEA is an international organization for promoting peaceful use of nuclear power and construction of safe and reliable nuclear power plants, and the KINGS is an educational institution for training global nuclear power plant specialists and leaders.
The 6-week course is taken part by Director Lewis Longolia of Technology Cooperation Bureau and Director Kang Gi-sik of Nuclear Power Plant Operation Technology Team of Nuclear Energy Department at the IAEA as lecturers.
And 19 key officials from 14 countries that are seeking to introduce nuclear power plants attended the education program as trainees. These countries include Bulgaria, Chile, Croatia, Egypt, Hungary, Indonesia, Kenya, Malaysia, Mongolia, Pakistan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey and Vietnam.
In his welcoming remarks, President Park Goon-cherl of KINGS said, “We are happy to offer the 6-week education program in close cooperation with the IAEA, following the first one provided last year. We hope advanced curriculum and effective share of technologies and experiences will help participants effectively carry forward nuclear power plant construction projects in their own countries.”
Meanwhile, KINGS was established in the compound of Kori Nuclear Power Site in Ulju-gun jointly by 5 nuclear power-related public companies including KEPCO (Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power, KEPCO Engineering & Construction, KEPCO KPS, and KEPCO NF) in an effort to train senior specialists and leaders needed for constructing and operating safe nuclear power plants in countries across the world so that they can play pivotal role in overcoming energy crisis and achieving continued growth and development. KINGS began to admit students in March 2012, and it currently has 115 students and trainees who came from Korea and other countries.