AFRA

AFRA-NEST

The Africa Regional Cooperative Agreement for Research Development and Training related to Science and Technology (AFRA) established the AFRA Network for Education in Nuclear Science and Technology (AFRA-NEST) in order to implement AFRA strategy on Human Resource Development (HRD) and Nuclear Knowledge Management (NKM). “AFRA-NEST" is a non-profit-making association pursuing a pedagogic and scientific aim, under the name of the "AFRA Network for Education in Science and Technology”. AFRA-NEST’s main objective is to facilitate operation and networking in education, training, research and outreach in nuclear science and technology (NS&T) in the African Region.

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Main Functions


  • Foster sustainable human resource development and nuclear knowledge management to satisfy the needs of African countries with/without higher education and training in the priority areas of non-power and power applications of nuclear energy;
  • Collate and integrate all available data on higher education and training capabilities in Africa, as well as nuclear industries and professional associations in synergy with existing IAEA and other regional/international nuclear education and training institutions;
  • Focus on encouraging senior nuclear professionals to share their experience and knowledge with the young generation.

Mission


  • Sharing of information and materials on nuclear education and training;
  • Developing harmonized approaches for education and training in nuclear science and technology in Africa by establishing reference curricula and facilitating mutual recognition of degrees;
  • Programmes evaluation and monitoring;
  • Promoting effective cooperation and sharing of resources and capabilities at national and regional level;
  • Facilitating the exchange of students, teachers and researchers;
  • Serving as facilitator for communication between the network member organizations and other regional networks.

The strategies for implementing the objectives are:

  • To use ICT for web-based education and training;
  • Recognition of Regional Designated Centres (RDCs) for professional nuclear education in nuclear science and technology;
  • Organization of harmonized and accredited programs at tertiary levels; and
  • Awarding of fellowships/scholarships to young and brilliant students for learning and research in various nuclear disciplines.

Membership


Membership of AFRA-NEST is opened to all nuclear institutions and organizations in AFRA Member States as well as other nuclear education and training networks and bodies.

The Members of AFRA-NEST are public or private corporate bodies having a legal status and meeting the following criteria:

  • National Nuclear Research Institutions
  • Nuclear Operating Organizations
  • Universities
  • Regulatory Bodies
  • Atomic Energy Commissions
    • Nuclear Energy Programme Implementing organizations (NEPIOs)
    • Nuclear Industries and any other organizations Who (That):
      • Provide academic or professional education and training in nuclear science and technology and related fields, and/or commit themselves to support AFRA-NEST;
      • Involve in the preservation, maintenance and sustainability of nuclear knowledge.

Through its regional learning management platform AFRA-NEST is to integrate all available higher education capabilities in Africa as well as the industries in nuclear professional associations in synergy with existing IAEA and other regional/international nuclear educational institutions.

AFRA-NEST is also to focus on encouraging senior nuclear professionals to share their experience and knowledge of young generation.