27 May 2010
UKM-TODAI Workshop in Nuclear Power: Important Considerations for Introducing Nuclear Power in ASEAN: Can Regional Cooperation be Attractive for Nuclear development?
Some 14 countries will be taking part in a two-day workshop organised by Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia and TODAI of Japan beginning on 31 May, 2010, which will dicuss issues related to important consideration for introducing nuclear power in ASEAN.
One important question that will be discussed at workshop will address is, can regional cooperation be attractive for nuclear energy development.
The workshop will be held in Hotel Equatorial, Bangi.
Some 33 participants from 14 countries, ie. Vietnam, lndia , Kazakhstan, Mongolia, USA, Switzerland, China, Taiwan, Korea, Australia and Singapore, Japan, and Malaysia will be attending the two-day workshop. These include those already or in the process of acquiring nuclear technologi that will discuss issues such legal, non-proliferation treaty and spent fuel.
This is the third workshop be organised by TODAI and the first in Malaysia, where UKM will be the host.
UKM as a leading research university in Malaysia has reach another important milestone in the advancement of nuclear science and technology by signing MOU with Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Atomic Energy Licensing Board Malaysia and strong collaboration with other important world class nuclear institution Including Texas A&M University and University of Bordeaux, France.
UKM is the only university in Malaysia tto offer undergraduate and post-graduate degree in the field of nuclear science and technology. The Nuclear Science Program under the School of Applied Physics, Faculty of Science and Technology, UKM has to date produced more than 900 graduate holding Bachelor degree in Nuclear Science and more than 30 graduates with Masters in Science (MSc) and PhD specializing in related area of nuclear science and technology.
As announced by the Malaysian government recently that Malaysia will have a nuclear power plant in-operation by the year 2021. Malaysia and other ASEAN countries that are planning to have nuclear as their energy mix will benefit from this workshop which is aimed to gather nuclear experts around the world for in-depth discussion especially in the legal aspect, non-proliferation treaty and management of spent fuel.
The most important aspect of tackling public perception and making sure that members of public get the correct information on the safety aspect of nuclear powered electricity will be an important issue that will be discussed in the workshop. UKM News Portal.
Dr Mohd Safar Hasim
Director Corporate Communications
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
Encik Radzuan Ghazali
Will assist the press at the workshop