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The Asian Network for Education in Nuclear Technology (ANENT) is a regional partnership founded by the IAEA in 2004 for cooperation in capacity building, human resource development and knowledge management in nuclear science and technology. The objective is to promote, manage and preserve nuclear knowledge to ensure the continued availability of qualified human resources in the region for the sustainability of nuclear technology and to prepare newcomer countries to commence nuclear power programmes. The ANENT has currently nineteen member countries in Asia and the Pacific region.

Here you can learn about the ANENT’s history and milestones that the network has achieved over the last ten years. It shows how the regional network expanded and the activities enhanced along with the progress of the five group activities and Technical Cooperation projects to support web-based activities.

Membership and Coordination Committee Meetings

The project progressed both under regular programme and TC framework, the ANENT membership has increased: China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Pakistan, Republic of Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Philippines and Vietnam (2004), Australia (2005), Bangladesh, Lebanon, Syrian Arab Republic (2007), UAE (2009), Japan (2010), Jordan (2011) and recently (2012) Yemen joined as the nineteenth member. During the last ten years, coordination committee meetings were held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2004), Hanoi, Vietnam (2005 and 2010), Daejeon, Republic of Korea (2006 and 2011), Goa, India (2007), Beijing, China (2008), Abu Dhabi, UAE (2009), Hanoi, Vietnam (2010), Daejeon, Republic of Korea (2011) and Jakarta, Indonesia (2013).

Chairpersons and Vice-Chairperson:

2004 - 2005
Ms Fatimah Amim, Malaysia Institute of Nuclear Technology Research (current Malaysian Nuclear Agency), Malaysia
2005 - 2007
Mr Kyong Won Han, Nuclear Training and Education Centre, Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Republic of Korea
2007 - 2008
Mr Ravinder R. Puri, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, India
2008 - 2009
Mr Fan Sheng, General Office, China Institute of Atomic Energy (CIAE), China
2009 - 2011
Phil Beeley, Abu Dhabi Campus, Khalifa University of Science, Technology and Research, the United Arab Emirates (UAE)
2011 - 2013
Mr Hendriyanto Haditjahyono, Centre for Education and Training, National Nuclear Energy Agency (BATAN), and Ms Nguyen Thi Yen Ninh, Administrat ion Office, Vietnam Atomic Energy Agency (VAEA), Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST)

The ANENT history is divided into several stages.

  • 1. Establishment in 2004
  • 2. Initial Stage with the ANENT Web Portal (WP)
  • 3. First Generation of the ANENT Cyber Learning Platform (CLP)
  • 4. Regional TC Project for supporting web-based education
  • 5. Partnership between IAEA and KAERI to support the ANENT
  • 6. Expanded partnership beyond Asia to support ANENT
  • 7. e-Training courses on Energy Planning
  • 8. Development of e-Learning material
  • 9. Train-the-Trainers courses to disseminate the skill to use of CLP
  • 10. Partnership with Khalifa University in UAE
  • 11. New Learning Management System installed at KAERI as the regional hub
  • 12. New TC regional project to support nuclear education and training
  • 13. Cooperation with other regional networks
  • 14. Renewed Web-Portal toward the 10th anniversaries

1. ANENT Establishment

11 Member States in the Asia and Pacific region agreed on and declared the establishment of the ANENT in 2004 at the first Technical Meeting hosted in Malaysia. The founding member countries were China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Pakistan, Republic of Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Philippines and Vietnam. Ms Fatimah Amim, Malaysia Institute of Nuclear Technology Research (current Malaysian Nuclear Agency) was selected as the first ANENT Chairperson, and the first Terms of Reference was approved. The members agreed to work on five group activities and accelerate the cooperation of the newly established network.

2. ANENT Web Portal

The first product and asset was the English-version ANENT Web-Portal (WP). The potal including concept and design was developed by the KAERI before being reviewed by members. Then, the KAERI undertook the launching and the operation of the WP in their server at www.anent-iaea.org in April 2005. It provides basic information on the ANENT management and activities, promoting external and internal communication.

“About ANENT” and “Activities” have a lot of information about ANENT objectives, members, structure, and activities, and “Links” show a number of useful websites on nuclear knowledge and science and technology. The registered members can login the “Nuclear Education and Training (NET) Database” which contains more than 900 inputs of data about existing lectures and training courses at each institution. “Related Events” provides a list of related events in the past, present and foreseeable future including archival information.

In October 2005, the second Meeting was held at Hanoi, Vietnam. The members were excited to demonstrate and use the ANENT Web-Portal and discussed the needs for further assistance thorough technical cooperation scheme. As the second chairperson, Mr Kyong Won Han, KAERI was selected.

You can read more detailed stories and activities of the ANENT during the period 2002 – 2005 in the booklet that the IAEA published in 2007.

3. The ANENT Cyber Learning Platform

The “Cyber Learning Platform (CLP)” was designed and developed by the KAERI with the assistance of the IAEA. The CLP was added in the WP to support the users to access various types of educational information and training course materials in August 2006. The registered users can login the CLP and play four roles: learner, lecturer, course manager, and general manager. Each mode has several menus depending on their roles and functions. The CLP contains the learning management system to allow teachers to register, enrol, monitor and evaluate students’ learning.

4. Regional TC Project for supporting web-based education

In 2007, a four-year regional TC project entitled “Supporting web-based nuclear education and training through regional networking (RAS/0/047)” started upon request of Member States in Asia and the Pacific. The project strived to address the increasing needs of nuclear education and training opportunities, resources and new strategies through the ANENT CLP for the national and regional capacity building in the region. A wide range of activities includes e-training, Train the Trainers on the CLP as the tool of e-learning, the contents development by expert missions, procurements and fellowship programmes. The participating Member States recognized benefits brought by the project to their national Human Resources Development in nuclear science and applications.

5. Partnership between IAEA and KAERI to support the ANENT

The first Practical Arrangements were concluded to promote the ANENT web-system jointly by the Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI) and the IAEA in April 2009. KAERI developed and maintained the ANENT WP to promote information exchange and an associated ANENT CLP to facilitate web-based education and training activities as the regional hub in the Asian region. The agreement was the first step toward building the solid foundation of the ANENT web system for sustainable nuclear education and training.

6. Expanded partnership beyond Asia to support ANENT

The Practical Arrangements with ENEN in June 2009 was the second step toward substantive progress to implement training courses and disseminate a variety of information, curricula and materials in the field of nuclear energy and applications. ENEN is a well-known international organisation for its unique and pioneering objectives and activities to develop the expertise in the nuclear field by higher education and training. ENEN has been a collaborating member of the ANENT providing advice and guidance on the ANENT activities at the planning, implementation and review processes.

7. e-Training courses on Energy Planning

KAERI hosted three e-training courses on energy planning using the ANENT CLP in cooperation with the IAEA’s Planning and Economic Studies Section (PESS). KAERI staff served as the site administrator and video conference organizer, and PESS experts provided the training package and the online tutoring.

  • (1) E-training course on “SIMPACT Model for Evaluating External Cost of Health and Environmental Impacts
         of Nuclear Power and other Energy Options” in November 2007
  • (2) E-training course on “MESSAGE Model for Elaborating Sustainable Energy Strategies” in February 2009
  • (3) E-training course on “Introduction to MESSAGE for Analyzing Nuclear Options in National Energy Mix”
         in February 2012

8. Development of e-Learning material

Since the e-learning was still new and evolving area for the region, three procurement orders were made to get the proper nuclear disciplines from the existing Master’s Courses. One was the Multimedia on Nuclear Reactor Physics, developed by Technical University of Catalonia (UPC) in Spain. The others were the E-Textbook on Nuclear and Ionizing Radiation Technologies, provided by the University Institute of Advanced Studies of Pavia (IUSS Pavia) in Italy (in preparation), and the Multimedia Course on Scientific and Technical Challenges in Nuclear Power Development, developed by the National Research Nuclear University in Russian Federation. Within the region, the Asian School of Nuclear Medicine, one of the ANENT collaborating member, coordinated and collected about 100 cases from nine countries and develop the e-Book on Nuclear Medicine. Currently the CDs are available through NKM website upon request.

9. Train-the-Trainers courses to disseminate the skill to use of CLP

Train the Trainers (TTT) courses were organized in Vienna in 2008, in Manila in 2009, and in Abu Dhabi in 2009 under the RAS0047. The objective of the TTT was to provide the participants with opportunities to build capacity to get familiarized with the CLP, and to make it sustainable for any users in learning, organizing, and operating e-training courses. Total 80 participants learned various processes from lecture preparation, course establishment, course registration and learning, to post-learning, which was played by four modes as Learner, Lecturer, Course Manager, and General Manager. Several countries such as Indonesia and Syria conducted the national seminars on the CLP.

10. Partnership with Khalifa University in UAE

When the sixth Coordination Meeting was held by the Khalifa University of Science, Technology and Research (KUSTAR) in UAE, the intention was expressed to establish a regional hub for web-based education and training. Based on the experience and lessons learned of the ANENT CLP, the new e-Learning Portal was developed and installed at the KUSTAR. In parallel, Practical Arrangements were concluded between the IAEA and KUSTAR to enhance cooperation in education, training and research in nuclear science and technology in September 2010.

11. New Learning Management System installed at KAERI as the regional hub

The significance of the CLP and e-learning activities had been increasingly recognized. However a SWOT analysis showed that many users raised the ageing problem of the CLP system. Thus the IAEA has developed a new Learning Management System (LMS) using an open source, MOODLE software. Like the ANENT CLP, the LMS has the automatic system to allow teachers to enrol, monitor and evaluate students’ learning in each course. Various functions have become easier and simpler to create course contents and navigate by the users.

The LMS was installed at the KAERI during the eighth ANENT Coordination Meeting in December 2011. The KAERI staff serve as the Site Administrator to manage the registration and oversee the whole operation, and the ANENT members play roles as the Course Creators to enrol students and create courses.

At the meeting, the Terms of Reference has been revised in accordance with the circumstance and with a focus of the CLP deployment, utilization and content development. Mr Haditjahyono, National Nuclear Energy Agency (BATAN) was selected as the ANENT Chairperson, and Ms Nguyen Thi Yen Ninh, Vietnam Atomic Energy Agency (VAEA) was selected as the Vice-Chairperson.

Through the vulnerability test and localization, the LMS was accessible and usable by all participants in the regional course under the new regional TC project RAS0064 in March 2013. In addition, the LMS was remotely ??? used by the participants in the TTT course to conduct e-learning courses on energy planning, which was hosted by BATAN, Indonesia in May 2013.

12. New TC regional project to support nuclear education and training

TC project RAS/0/064 “Supporting Nuclear Education and Training through e-Learning and Other Means of Advanced Information and Communication Technology (ICT)” was launched in 2012 by the request of Member States in Asia and the Pacific. The objective is to enhance the development and sustainability of education and training in nuclear technology and applications, with dissemination through the LMS. The project provided the regional coordinators with an opportunity to access the LMS hosted by the IAEA in Vienna and to use the pilot version of the new e-learning module on Logical Framework Approach (LFA) through the LMS in December 2012.

In 2013, two regional events were held in the region. Firstly the meeting hosted by the KAERI in Daejeon, Republic of Korea, gave the users the successful access to the system, and secondly the TTT hosted by the BATAN in Jakarta, Indonesia proved the access to the LMS. Currently the participating Member States have been encouraged to develop their own e-learning contents and plan the TTT courses to conduct any e-training on the interested area.

13. Cooperation with other regional networks

Building on the positive results of the ANENT, similar regional educational networks were established, i.e. Latin-American Network for Education in Nuclear Technology (LANENT) in the Latin American and Caribbean Region, and the AFRA-Network for Education in Nuclear Science and Technology (AFRA-NEST) in the African Region, both with the support of the IAEA.

These educational networks have been working actively together and with other regional and national educational networks in the world, especially the European Nuclear Education Network Association (ENEN). The educational networks hold joint meetings periodically, to identify and discuss common needs, synergies, and solutions.

During the 57th IAEA General Conference in September 2013, the new Practical Arrangements were concluded with the ENEN to expand partnership and cooperation in these three regions. Additionally the Cooperation Agreements were signed between the three regional networks and the ENEN to pledge the best efforts to implement the Work Plan.

14. Renewed Web-Portal toward the 10th anniversaries

Here the ANENT members welcome your visit to the renewed ANENT Web Portal. You have the opportunity to know more about the ANENT latest activities, management, future prospect as well as the history. In the near future, the integrated database on education and training programme will be newly developed to share the various useful data and facts across the regions. All members look forward to receiving your feedback and comments. Thank you for your interest in the ANENT and support to the activities.