The European Nuclear Education Network (ENEN)
With the Euratom support, the European Nuclear Education Network (ENEN) was established as a non-profit international organisation under French law in 2003.
One of the basic goals of ENEN is to ensure the convergence of European academic curricula in nuclear fission. From a modest network of university departments, ENEN has grown to include 50 universities and other institutions in the EU; its membership has extended beyond the EU to Japan, Russia and South Africa.
ENEN focuses on Master-level education and training in the nuclear sciences. Like Euratom, its strategy is built on four major objectives:
- Modular courses and a common qualification approach: importantly, the programme must offer top-quality courses and a coherent education and training framework.
- One mutual recognition system across the EU: ENEN partners use a European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS), ensuring that the work completed by students in one partner institution or country is recognised in all the others.
- Mobility for teachers and students across the EU: the free circulation of nuclear experts will make the programmes more attractive and cost-effective.
- Feedback from 'stakeholders' (both scientific and financial): future employers should be involved in the process, to provide valuable inputs in terms of both information and funding.
These objectives are in line with the process of creating a European higher-education area, commonly referred to as the Bologna process.
The European Master of Science in Nuclear Engineering
In 2005, ENEN established a European Master of Science in Nuclear Engineering (EMSNE) in which students are able to study at several universities and research institutes throughout Europe, having their course work recognised as part of a single programme.
The EMSNE aims to make the most of the teaching resources and nuclear facilities available in Europe, to make nuclear science more accessible to students and to cultivate a generation of European nuclear engineers. Mobility is an important feature of the programme: students are required to complete part of their work in a foreign institution, and ENEN makes every effort to facilitate the free movement of nuclear experts between countries and institutions.