The new collaboration agreement and action plan agreed among the five regional educational networks – the Asian Network for Education in Nuclear Technology (ANENT), the Latin-American Network for Education in Nuclear Technology (LANENT), the AFRA- Network for Education in Nuclear Science and Technology (AFRA-NEST), the European Nuclear Education Network Association (ENEN) and the Regional Network for Education and Training in Nuclear Technology - STAR-NET. As the AFRA-NEST representative was absent at an Executive Meeting of the different Nuclear Education Networks, held at the University of Manchester School of Physics and Astronomy in the UK on 26 February – 3 March 2017, the rest of four executives agreed to sign it. Finally the regional networks have all vowed their willingness and commitment to keep working together, on the basis of the common Action Plan.
The scope of the agreement comprises three main areas of cooperation, namely, HRD, outreach, and educational tools and technology. The networks have agreed to facilitate their communication through various channels such as common space, video-conferencing and face-to-face meeting. They also agreed to promote mutual networks by exchanging contact points and information about the events.
Following the previous cooperation agreement signed among the four regional educational networks in September 2013, this new agreement becomes the second in a series welcoming the fifth partner network, STAR-NET.