The introduction of nuclear energy and engineering in any country, Malaysia included, requires a long lead time, with concerted and comprehensive planning and development of appropriate institutional, legal and regulatory, technological, educational and training, and other related infrastructure. Among the key requirements are the need to establish the economic viability of nuclear power projects, a long-term national commitment for the nuclear energy option, a national pre-selection of the appropriate nuclear power plant type, a long-term spent-fuel management policy, compliance with the international system of nuclear governance, national capacity-building and public acceptance program on nuclear energy.
The need for national nuclear training hub intensifies in light of Malaysia's intention to pursue nuclear power post-2030. The Nuclear Engineering and Energy Group (GrEEN) was established at the College of Engineering to support this initiative. Sharing the same view with the Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB), the research group is strongly believed that nuclear energy is the most viable and better alternative for a long-term energy source in Malaysia. This aspiration is in tandem with the Malaysian government efforts to secure sustainable development and to reduce dependency on fossil fuel as the main energy mix. Thus, this programme requires a very strong foundation knowledge and skills on nuclear engineering and sciences.
As the education arm of TNB, UNITEN has been given the responsibility to develop human resource capability in nuclear energy. The human capital needs and demands for a nuclear power plant are significant and require careful planning and a long lead time to develop. Consequently, the role of educational institutions such as UNITEN is very important to meet the nuclear power industry needs. In preparing the human resources requirements in nuclear power, GrEEN is planning to introduce several nuclear engineering courses to all engineering students at UNITEN particularly from the Mechanical Engineering Department, and is considering to offer a degree in nuclear engineering in the future. The courses introduced have received a good enrolment from students. To ensure the success of this initiative and continuously improve these learning experience received students, the lecturers who are involved in teaching these courses must be given appropriate training and exposure in all aspects of nuclear engineering.
Through networking linkages with the Malaysian Nuclear society and other universities supported the conference, GrEEN is planning to co-organize and host the nuclear conference. It will be held at CSIT (UNITEN) on 25-27 September 2017. The conference is the eight of the nuclear conference series since 2010. The conference is a continuing effort between Malaysian and international organisations related to nuclear fields and businesses to establish awareness on applications on nuclear science, technology and engineering in the nuclear energy sectors in Malaysia. Prior to this nuclear conference series, there were seven conferences already conducted by MNS in collaboration with other local universities and national nuclear authorities. The conference are as follows:
Similar to the previous conferences, participants in the coming nuclear conference comprises of staffs and postgraduate students from various academic and research institutions in Malaysia.
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