AREVA s’engage aux côtés des universités tchèques [cs]
AREVA Press release
Prague - January 14, 2011
AREVA, Czech Technical University - Faculty of Nuclear Sciences and Physical Engineering, and the University of West Bohemia are pleased to announce a new partnership to increase educational opportunities for nuclear engineering students. Today, AREVA CEO Anne Lauvergeon, University of West Bohemia Rector Josef Prusa, and Dean of the Faculty of Nuclear Sciences and Physical Engineering Miroslav Cech, signed agreements to work together to promote and enhance nuclear education at the university level.
This project is well aligned with the plans of the Czech Republic to extend its nuclear program. AREVA, the global nuclear industry leader that already cooperates with many Czech companies on various projects abroad, see common benefits in strengthening educational and research opportunities in the nuclear engineering field.
Plans include developing educational initiatives targeted at nuclear engineering students at both the graduate and post-graduate levels. Programmes will include scholarships, training expeditions by Czech students and professors to AREVA nuclear sites and AREVA internships for students, post-graduate students and university teachers with the aim of providing information on EPR and other AREVA technologies like design, construction, safety and security, operation and maintenance, waste management and disposal and decommissioning. The goal is to increase the cooperation between AREVA and Czech universities ; to maintain the excellent teaching staff in the Czech Republic for the foreseeable future and provide up to date knowledge to the students.
AREVA CEO Anne Lauvergeon stated : “I am pleased to seal these agreements which strengthen our cooperation with the Czech Republic that has a long tradition of nuclear power and know-how. Our future in nuclear technology depends on young, bright and educated minds and we are excited to work with the faculties of both these prestigious schools. This partnership is a joint undertaking between AREVA, the University of West Bohemia and the Faculty of Nuclear Science and Physical Engineering to provide increased opportunities to the nuclear engineering educational field. ”
Rector of the University of West Bohemia Josef Prusa stated : “The increased cooperation between the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen and AREVA that has been just confirmed by this signed agreement, is an interesting opportunity for both sides. The signed memorandum continues our already existing research projects. Our goal is to identify new joint opportunities in the area of education and above all research with a focus on mid-term projects. The University of West Bohemia brings to this cooperation a unique scientific-research infrastructure. AREVA brings its excellent know-how. I am convinced that this contract is a great basis for a long-term strategic alliance.”
The dean of the Faculty of Nuclear Sciences and Physical Engineering Miroslav Cech stated : “These initiatives will help our nuclear science and physical engineering students succeed in their chosen careers and greatly contribute to the Czech Republic’s nuclear energy development. I also believe that in cooperation with AREVA we can broadly offer the experience of our teachers and the capacity of our facilities, for example our training reactor, to students and nuclear industry workers from foreign countries. ”
Among the first joint initiatives will be a forum between the universities and AREVA on specific cooperation opportunities in the research field. During 2011, there is also planned an excursion of students and professors to AREVA’s facilities in France. The plans also include support to university activities aimed at secondary schools to encourage students to study nuclear engineering. AREVA believes these programs will be an excellent start to what looks to be a beneficial and dynamic cooperation and one that reconfirms its long-term commitment to the Czech Republic.
AREVA supplies solutions for carbon-free power generation. Its expertise and know-how in this field are setting the standard, and its responsible development is anchored in a process of continuous improvement.
As the global nuclear industry leader, AREVA’s unique integrated offer to utilities covers every stage of the fuel cycle, nuclear reactor design and construction, and related services. The group is also expanding considerably in renewable energies – wind, solar, bioenergies, hydrogen and storage – to be one of the top three in this sector worldwide in 2012. Every day, AREVA’s 48,000 employees cultivate the synergies between these two major carbon-free offers, helping to supply safer, cleaner and more economical energy to the greatest number of people.
Oh the photo, from left to right : Miroslav Cech, dean of Faculty of Nuclear Sciences and Physical Engineering, Anne Lauvergeon, CEO of AREVA, Vaclav Havlicek, rector of the Czech Technical University in Prague, Josef Prusa, rector of the University of West Bohemia, Pierre Levy, ambassador of France in the Czech Republic
Press release was issued by Best Communications on behalf of Areva.