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Building a New Nuclear Engineering Academic Infrastructure to Support the Nuclear Energy Program in the United Arab Emirates
Professor Philip Beeley
Chair, Nuclear Engineering Department, KUSTR, United Arab Emirates
Interim Director of the Gulf Nuclear Energy Infrastructure Institute (GNEII)
Member of the Federal Radiation Protection Committee, UAE
In December 2009 the United Arab Emirates (UAE) signed agreements with the Republic of Korea that will lead to the construction, operation and maintenance of four APR 1400 type PWR reactors to support the UAE's economic plan. This landmark decision set in motion strategies that had been incubated in the UAE over the preceding two years, resulting in the creation of the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR), as the regulator, the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) as the owner and operator of the UAE reactors and the Nuclear Engineering Program at Khalifa University as the academic provider. A fundamental tenant in this strategy is capacity building and creation of the human resources to meet the UAE's goal for nuclear power between 2017 and 2020 in order to support its 2030 economic plan.
This presentation will highlight the infrastructure Khalifa University has put in place over the past three years to establish the academic programs and research laboratories to support the nuclear engineering and science base for capacity building in the UAE.
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