SaTE project

Safeguards Training and Education

Definition and goals

The main goal of SaTE project is to provide a high-quality E&T program in the field of “nuclear safeguards” and to exchange experiences between EU and partner countries. 

The nuclear safeguards system is a key element of the international regime of the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons. Over decades it has evolved into a multifaceted set of legal and technical measures aimed at verifying the compliance of States with their non-proliferation commitments in the nuclear sector.

The objective of the project is to strengthen the capabilities of the beneficiary National Regulatory Authorities and their support organizations.

This can be achieved by development and implementation of a Nuclear Safeguards Master Program, implementation of short-term courses and active participation of tutees in hands-on training sessions.

TASK 1. Development and implementation of a condensed 1-week course

1-week course: “Introductory courses on Nuclear Safeguards”

This condensed course is aimed at underlying the importance of implementing the National Regulatory Authorities (NRAs) safeguards obligations, assumed by each Country, and securing a reliable nuclear cooperation and supplies of material. It is conceived for people who do not necessary have a nuclear background to give them the chance to enter the Master. It is intended for employees who just joined the organization and need to get acquainted quickly with base principles.

The course is also aimed at underlying the importance of continuous knowledge improvement on  safeguards through modern technology and concepts.

TASK 2. Development and implementation of a 2-week course

2-week course: “In depth analysis of Nuclear Safeguards”

The 2 weeks course will be based on the condensed 1 week course with an adaptation of the subjects curricula and timing. This course is intended for employees who have several years of experience inside the organization and need to get deeper knowledge on the selected topics.

Three sessions per year of implementation are foreseen for the two weeks courses (a maximum of nine sessions per project).

TASK 3. Development and implementation of a 1-year Master Program

1-year Master Program

The Master is intended for students coming from countries outside EU and from other continents than Europe with a technical background. (Nuclear background will be considered an advantage.) The Program will however, be conceived in such a way that students with poor or inexistent nuclear background should receive enough information to familiarize them with the basic principles of the nuclear industry. At least 10 students per academic year are foreseen.