At the International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) in Trieste, Italy, the IAEA opened the Nuclear Energy Management School. It offers specialized management training to promising young professionals from developing countries, in particular professionals from countries that are planning to develop nuclear power programmes. The school transfers the IAEA´s specific expertise and knowledge in nuclear energy, nuclear safety, and nuclear security to Member States to further enhance their national capacity.

In a three-week curriculum, the Nuclear Energy Management School provides young professionals insights into the most recent developments in nuclear energy and a broad international perspective on issues related to the peaceful uses of nuclear technology. They will learn from leading specialists in nuclear power development and implementation, as well as collaborate on group projects and network with their peers from around the world.

The Nuclear Energy Management School´s curriculum will cover the following topics: world energy balance, nuclear power and nuclear power economics; nuclear data, materials and research reactors; climate change and nuclear power economics; IAEA support for nuclear power; nuclear fuel cycle and waste management; nuclear safety & security; nuclear law; nuclear safeguards; nuclear leadership and management; human resource development and knowledge management; and communication, public acceptance and nuclear sociology.

In a keynote address delivered at the School´s opening, IAEA Deputy Director General Werner Burkart stated, “Highly competent management is essential to the success and long-term sustainability and safety of an emerging or expanding nuclear programme. Many countries are concerned about a possible shortage of skilled professionals in the nuclear field in the coming decades. Helping Member States address this issue is one of the IAEA´s core tasks.”