KUSTAR joins with the International Atomic Energy Department (IAEA) to launch strategic e-Learning Portal, a first for the region
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From left to right: Prof. Tod, Mr. Yury A. Sokolov, Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Nuclear Energy and Mr. Yanko Yanev, Section Head, Nuclear Knowledge Management Unit
Khalifa University of Science, Technology and Research (KUSTAR) and the Vienna based International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) recently signed an agreement or Practical Arrangements, to establish an e-Learning Portal. This on-line resource and learning website provides materials that supplement classroom studies in the UAE and the region.
As a direct result of the International Conference on Human Resource Development for Introducing and Expanding Nuclear Power Programmes, which was successfully held in Abu Dhabi in March 2010, this practical agreement also signals continued cooperation between the Government of the UAE and the IAEA.
Under the terms of this agreement KUSTAR will cooperate with the IAEA to establish an e-Learning Portal at KUSTAR. The new e-Learning Portal recently launched its pilot operation, at the KUSTAR Abu Dhabi campus. The web portal contributes towards the United Arab Emirates effort to educate the experts needed to drive and sustain the nations peaceful nuclear power program.
Commenting on the new agreement, Prof. Tod Laursen, President, KUSTAR, said: "We at KUSTAR are committed to the role we play in human capacity building in the United Arab Emirates and on this occasion, specifically, in the areas of nuclear engineering, science and technology. At KUSTAR we have prioiritised multidisciplinary teaching that endeavors to produce well rounded graduates, who are not only specialists in their field but equipped with practical skill-set and international awareness. This e-Learning Portal will be a fundamental tool in ensuring knowledge transfer among these students, offering them a blended learning environment that will secure the best possible opportunities for our students.
Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Nuclear Energy at IAEA, Mr. Yury A. Sokolov remarked: For the UAE, human resource development is becoming an increasingly important strategic consideration since the country has embarked upon its first peaceful nuclear power programme. KUSTAR will play a vital role as a strategic partner in the development of human resources required for this program.
The signing ceremony was attended by H.E Hamad Ali Al Kaabi, Ambassador, Permanent Mission of UAE and Prof. Tod Laursen, KUSTAR President. Representing IAEA was Mr. Yury A. Sokolov, Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Nuclear Energy. Other attendees also included, Abdulhamid Nassouri, Executive Commercial Director, Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENCE), Dr. William Travers, Director General of the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR), and Korean Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI) President Yang Myhung-seung.