Delft University of Technology launches masters program in nuclear security

Delft University of Technology held a ceremony on April 18 at the Reactor Institute to celebrate the launch of its first masters program in nuclear security.

Matters of nuclear security have become an increasingly hot topic with countries like Iran and North Korea working on nuclear capabilities. Small backpack nuclear weapons and other small material that wouldn't need a missile launch are also growing concerns.

"Strengthening nuclear security throughout the world remains a challenge for all of us," International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Yukiya Amano said. "National governments have primary responsibility for nuclear security, but international cooperation is vital. It is clear that we will need a new generation of policy-makers and nuclear professionals who will have a proper understanding of the importance of nuclear security."

Five other universities that will be taking part in this program: the Technical University of Vienna, the Brandenburg University of Applied Sciences, the National Centre for Scientific Research "Demokritos" in Greece, the University of Oslo and the University of Manchester Dalton Nuclear Institute.

There are currently 10 students enrolled in this new program. They will have the chance to study 12 modules under the IAEA Educational Programme in Nuclear Security. The courses will go over prevention and planning, sabotage, theft and illegal transfer of materials.