The SCK CEN Academy works together with several Belgian and foreign universities and, in this way, contributes to academic education. Examples are the BNEN “master after master” education in nuclear engineering and the course for radiation protection experts. These courses are meant for students and professionals aiming to excel in a specific nuclear area of expertise.
BNEN: the Belgian Nuclear higher Education Network
BNEN master after master education
BNEN, the Belgian Nuclear higher Education Network, is an academic advanced master education programme in nuclear engineering organised by a consortium of six Belgian universities and SCK CEN. BNEN operates as a catalyst for networks between academic institutions, research centres, the industry and other stakeholders within the nuclear domain and aims at the development and upholding of expertise in the field of high-quality nuclear engineering.
The curriculum of this master after master education (60 ECTS in one year, including a master’s thesis) allows students to acquire the necessary scientific and technical background and skills for developing a career in the field of nuclear applications. A modular approach facilitates the participation of foreign students.
The education modules are taught in English and are organised in the buildings of SCK CEN in Mol, Belgium. The laboratory exercises are made in the nuclear facilities of SCK CEN and are organised by our own scientists. The programme also includes several technical visits to research and industrial nuclear installations.
Teaching blocks of one to three weeks per module allow for optimal time management for both students and university teachers, facilitate the registration of individual modules and ensure easy access to international students.
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The BNEN consortium was among the first in Europe to offer a nuclear engineering curriculum through which national expertise is gathered and combined with the infrastructure of and access to operational reactors. It served as a role model for the incorporation of the European Nuclear Education Network (ENEN Association).
Post-graduate education programme ‘Radiation Protection Expert’
The education programme to become a Radiation Protection Expert is a post-academic curriculum (20 ECTS) of one year. The study meets the requirements of the Royal Decree of 20 July 2001 (ARBIS/RGPRI) and has been designed for everyone who wishes to become officially accredited as a Radiation Protection Expert (RPE) in radiological or nuclear applications for the industrial or medical sector. The study is an initiative of SCK CEN, UHasselt, ISIB and IRE.
The course covers the scientific and technological fundamentals of radiological and nuclear techniques, with specific attention to radiation protection. The SCK CEN Academy and UHasselt organise the education in Dutch on Friday, alternately in Hasselt (campus Diepenbeek) and on the site of SCK CEN in Mol. An equivalent course in French is given by ISIB end IRE.
In the European radiation protection legislation (Directive 2013/59/Euratom of the Council), a radiation protection expert is defined as: a person who has, or if national legislation provides for this, a group of persons who have the necessary knowledge, training and experience to give advice on radiation protection so as to ensure an effective protection of persons and whose competence in this area has been recognised by the competent authorities. More information about radiation protection experts can be found in article 34 (Consultation with a radiation protection expert) and 82 (Radiation Protection Expert) of this legislation.
Other academic partnerships
A great many of our experts have been appointed as part-time professors or guest professors at several Belgian and international universities. The SCK CEN Academy also contributes to the European Master studies in Radiation Biology and in Radiation Protection and to various Erasmus Mundus initiatives.