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NPI Awarded IAEA Observer Status

July 20, 2011

    NPI has Practical Arrangements with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) as part of extending its highly successful programs for educators in secondary schools, two-year colleges, and four-year universities teachers and students to a broader international audience In addition, NPI has bi-lateral agreements with nuclear and educational institutions in several countries, and has supported and facilitated teacher exchange programs, which have proved to be a valuable means of transferring knowledge and experience among seasoned science and math teachers as well as university faculty. The IAEA has now recognized NPI's status and contributions to the nuclear industry by awarding Observer Status to the Institute. This decision was made by the IAEA's Board of Governors-the highest policy making body of the Agency. Holding Observer Status will enable NPI to attend IAEA General Conferences with delegates from Member States, to participate in various technical meetings, and engage in a range of technical activities of the IAEA.

    Dr. K. L. Peddicord, NPI director noted that NPI was selected by the IAEA because of its proven track record of creating private/public partnerships that positively affect educational outcomes.

    "Working with our educational, industry and government partners, NPI has developed a series of innovative educational programs which produce 'job-ready' graduates, encourage and support students' interest in careers in the energy industry and encourage the study of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)," Peddicord said. "Our international  colleagues have seen this model and are interested in extending it to their educational systems. Closer connections with the IAEA will facilitate that process," he added.



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