For humankind to develop and prosper in a sustainable manner, access to sufficient environmentally acceptable and affordable energy sources must be guaranteed. To achieve this goal, one must confront the difficult challenge of simultaneously improving the security of energy supply and reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), while nonetheless providing low-cost –thus competitive– energy to industries and households. It is therefore self-evident that sustainable nuclear energy plays an integral part of the European Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan) in mitigating climate change and bolstering European energy independence.
Today’s nuclear energy relies on state-of-the-art technologies displaying unparalleled levels of safety and reliability. These should not, however, be taken for granted, as they are the culmination of decades of considerable effort and research by some of the most excellently educated and trained employees, assisted by technical support (TSO) communities worldwide, toiling in an industry distinguished by its outstanding safety culture.
In the wake of this legacy, the two-year Master of Science in Nuclear Engineering, SARENA - SAfe and REliable Nuclear Applications, aims to develop scientific, technical and management skills enabling engineers to work in all domains related to nuclear energy and applications, while simultaneously fostering a strong international culture open to students from all around the world. It consists of an integrated and balanced programme, fully taught in English, covering a wide range of nuclear applications including nuclear power plant (NPP) design and operation and addresses the important issue of safe management of radioactive waste and installations dismantlement and decommissioning, which is a pre-requisite for sustainability.