Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME) has become the seventh university in the world to offer a programme as part of the International Nuclear Management Academy (INMA), which is endorsed by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

The IAEA's INMA supports universities in establishing and delivering master's degree programmes on technology management for the nuclear sector, including nuclear power programmes, nuclear applications and radiological technologies.

BME's NTM postgraduate degree programme has been developed in full compliance with IAEA's INMA recommendations. Receiving the IAEA's endorsement for its two-year (four-semester) programme enhances the university’s reputation both in Hungary and internationally, he said. National accreditation of the programme was achieved at the turn of this year, and by the IAEA in the summer of this year. Owing to the pandemic, the IAEA’s endorsement mission in July was conducted online.

The programme reflects the "ever-increasing demand" for highly qualified and skilled nuclear specialists to keep pace with technological, policy and strategic objectives.

The programme includes "hands-on laboratory exercises" with BME's 100 kW training reactor, which is a pool-type reactor that was commissioned in 1971. BME also plans to hold workshops "in order to enhance the group work capabilities of the students and to process case studies demonstrating the application of management and leadership knowledge in nuclear industry practice".

Since September, 16 students have enrolled in BME's first nuclear technology management programme.