BNEN, the Belgian Nuclear higher Education Network, is a master-after-master academic programme in nuclear engineering, organised through a consortium of six Belgian universities and SCK CEN. The BNEN consortium was one of the very first in Europe to offer a nuclear engineering programme where nationwide expertise is gathered and combined with the infrastructure and access to operating reactors. It served as a role model for the foundation of the European Nuclear Education Network (ENEN Association). BNEN catalyses networking between academia, research centres, industry and other nuclear stakeholders, and aims at developing and maintaining high-level nuclear engineering competences.

The condensed programme (60 ECTS in one year, including a master thesis) allows students to acquire all necessary scientific and technical background and skills to develop a career in the field of nuclear applications. A modular approach facilitates participation of foreign students.

The lectures are taught in English, at the premises of SCK CEN in Mol, Belgium. The laboratory exercises make use of the nuclear facilities of SCK CEN and are organised by SCK CEN scientists. Various technical visits are organised to research and industrial nuclear facilities. Teaching blocks of one to three weeks for each module allow optimal time management for students and university lecturers, facilitate registration for individual modules, and allow easy access for international students.

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