The University of Tennessee’s Institute of Nuclear Security hosted an International Academic Nuclear Security Roundtable on July 9, 2013, at the Toyota Auditorium of the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy. International academic experts from 6 countries discussed the efforts that their countries are undertaking to promote nuclear security in a number of essential areas. These areas included culture, nuclear security education, changing curriculum and ensuring nuclear security in the nuclear energy industry and academia. The Roundtable was sponsored by the Partnership for Nuclear Security (PNS) Program by the U.S. Department of State.
Dr. Howard Hall, Director of the INS and the Governor’s Chair Professor of Nuclear Security, moderated the discussion. Commenting on the event, Hall said: “The Institute for Nuclear Security is pleased to be working with our international colleagues to help develop and disseminate effective nuclear security curricula. This is important to all of us, as securing nuclear materials is an issue that reaches past national borders.”
Panelists included Dr. Ayo Kuye, Port Harcourt University and Dr. Lawrence Anikwe Dim, Ahmadu Bello University (Nigeria), Dr. Oum Keltoum Hakam, University of IbnTofail (Morocco), Dr. A. Ravi Prasad, Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University (India), Dr. Hoda Abou-Shady, Cairo University (Egypt), Dr. Ing Sihana, Mr. Susetyo Hario Putero, Gadjah Mada University (Indonesia), Dr. Aubrey Nelwamondo, University of Johannesburg and North-West University, Mr. Tebogo Kupi, North-West University (South Africa).
According to Patrick Lynch, International Outreach Leader at the INS, this event was a unique opportunity to engage with nine international academic leaders who are developing or cultivating the next generation nuclear security leaders globally.
Strengthening and promoting the nuclear security culture around the globe is one of the core goals for the INS. Since its establishment in 2012, the Institute has had a collaboration with the U.S. Department of State’s Partnership for Nuclear Security Program. This collaboration has allowed the INS to host a number of foreign academics and industry experts at UT and ORNL, collaborate with PNS to develop faculty and curricular enrichment activities, and engage visiting faculty and students in a variety of settings. In addition, the Institute has collaborated with leading international organizations, universities, as well as, decision makers and academics from number of foreign countries, including Egypt, Morocco, South Africa, India, Nigeria, and Indonesia, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, and South Korea.