The INSTN set itself the target of actively taking part in creating a European area for higher education in the nuclear sector.
For the last 15 years, the Institute has been participating in European projects on nuclear engineering and radiation protection in various Framework Programmes for Research and Development, both as a partner or as a coordinator.
The INSTN is a founding member of the “European Nuclear Education Network” (ENEN-Association) which it hosts in its premises at the Saclay centre. It also chaired the network for the first ten years since its creation on 22 September 2003. This network now has more than 60 members, including universities, research centres and industrial groups, both in Europe and worldwide. Its purpose is to develop and maintain a level of teaching excellence in nuclear sciences.
The NUSHARE Project (Project for Sharing & Growing Nuclear Safety Culture Competence) began in January 2013 and runs for four years. It is a Euratom initiative in the field of Education & Training (E&T). The aim of the project is to develop and deliver training and information activities designed to expand the culture of nuclear safety in all Member States. The INSTN was a partner in this project which is coordinated by the ENEN Association, and has managed the development of training sessions for civil society players (politicians, opinion-leaders, the media and the medical profession).
The ENETRAP III Project (European Network on Education and Training in Radiological Protection) is entering its third phase and covers a 4-year period from June 2014. The project includes new and innovative subjects linked to radiation protection training, like, for example, the ECVET approach (European Credit System for Vocational Education and Training) promoted by the European Commission. The INSTN is tasked with delivering a work package on training trainers of the future RPEs (Radiation Protection Expert) as defined in the 2013/59/Euratom Directive and also for all areas of radiation protection in industry, research and the medical sector.
The aim of the PETRUS III Project (Implementing Sustainable Education and Training Programmes in the field of Radioactive Waste Disposal) is to enable existing and future professionals managing radioactive waste in Europe, to take a training course on geological disposal, regardless of their initial training. The training delivered in this project should become a certified skills training course recognised throughout Europe and based on the ECVET system. The programme seeks to define and introduce a framework for training and research geared to PhD students to boost research activities in geological disposal.
Since 2010, the INSTN has been a partner in EUJEP (European Japanese Exchange Project in Nuclear Disciplines) European projects. These are academic exchange programmes between Europe and Japan run by the European Commission’s Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA), which are designed to facilitate and fund the mobility of students and lecturers between the two partners.