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Fifth Annual Gulf Nuclear Energy Infrastructure Institute Symposium Held At Khalifa University

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Open Eyes Opinion {source: WAM}


ABU DHABI, 22nd April, 2015 –Khalifa University held the fifth annual Gulf Nuclear Energy Infrastructure Institute (GNEII) Symposium at its Abu Dhabi Campus on April 20-21, 2014.

The symposium brought together nuclear energy experts from around the world to not only discuss issues of nuclear safety, security and safeguards, but also to listen to presentations by the GNEII fellows. There was also a graduation ceremony held on the last day.

GNEII fellows come from the Federal Authority of Nuclear Regulation (FANR), Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) and the Critical Infrastructure and Coastal Protection Authority (CICPA) in the UAE and underwent over 400 hours of training as part of the course. Twelve specialized nuclear instructors, who ran the program, were also in attendance at the graduation. The instructors came from Khalifa University, Texas A&M University, Sandia National Laboratories and the World Institute for Nuclear Security.

The keynote speaker for the event was Al Sharif Nasser bin Nasser, managing director of the Middle East Scientific Institute for Security based in Amman, Jordan. In this position, he focuses on addressing chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) risks across the region. He spoke to the audience about regional perspectives on nuclear security.

The fellows presented various Capstone projects during the event on topics as far ranging as “Evaluation of Threats by Drones to a Nuclear Power Plant,” to “Investigations on the Sensitivity of UAE Domestic Agricultural Production to Radiological Contamination.” Other topics included, “Operational Security and Information Protection in the Areas of 3S” and “Analysis of the Safeguards Measures for the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Back-End Options in the UAE.”

Dr. Arif Al Hammadi, Chair to GNEII’s Board of Trustees, said, “It’s encouraging to see the results of our fellows research and to celebrate their graduation from this challenging program. The UAE’s plan for the development of safe nuclear energy is an ambitious one, and we are proud to be able to assist them in the achievement of this endeavor and to provide important training and thought provoking research on safety and security to its current and future workforce.”

GNEII is the result of a partnership between Khalifa University, Sandia National Laboratories (Sandia) and Texas A&M University’s Nuclear Security Science and Policy Institute (NSSPI). It was designed to give future nuclear energy leaders the necessary knowledge to support them in future decision making processes by providing an enhanced understanding of the safety, safeguards and security aspects of nuclear energy, as well as, offering the international community a model for an educational institute that addresses the integrated 3S (safety, safeguards and security) methodology.


Background Note: Khalifa University

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Khalifa University was established in February 2007 by a decree issued by the UAE President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan to complement Abu Dhabi’s 2030 vision, which aims at building a knowledge-based economy that effectively contributes to the development of the UAE.

Khalifa University’s main campus is located in Abu Dhabi, while it operates with another campus in Sharjah, and presently offers bachelor degrees in Computer, Communication, Electronic, Software, Mechanical, Aerospace and Biomedical Engineering, Master’s and Doctorate degree programs in Computer, Telecommunication and Electronic Engineering, in addition to Master’s degree  in Nuclear Engineering, Information Security and International and Civil Security.

In the future, Khalifa University will also offer degrees in other disciplines of Engineering, Logistics and Management and Life Sciences which include bachelor degrees in Industrial and Systems Engineering and Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Moreover, Khalifa University will include research centres in disciplines such as Information and Communications Technology (ICT), Energy, Nanotechnology, Aerospace and Health Sciences.

Khalifa University is open to men and women from all nationalities with particular emphasis being placed on educating young UAE nationals.

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