Faculty and students from Gadjah Mada University (GMU) in
Yogyakarta, Indonesia spent a week at NSSPI in November to discuss
nuclear security education and experience the NSSPI curriculum
firsthand. Their stop at NSSPI was part of a longer trip to
prominent university programs in nuclear security throughout the US
meant to expose the students and educators to the state-of-the-art
in the field.
GMU is the only university in Indonesia offering a
nuclear-engineering curriculum. The university's Nuclear
Engineering Study Program was established in 1977 in order to
fulfill the demand for nuclear engineers who could develop nuclear
technology in Indonesia, especially in the form of nuclear power.
The program boasts approximately 230 current students and 1100
alumni working in the nuclear industry, nuclear research
institutes, the nuclear regulatory body, etc.
While at NSSPI, the Indonesian delegation attended presentations
on current NSSPI courses and distance education modules. They
also visited NSSPI's teaching laboratories, where they completed an
exercise in the Radiation Detection Lab. They met with the
local student chapter of the Institute of Nuclear Materials
Management (INMM) and discussed the steps required to form a
similar student chapter at GMU. The participants were also
able to speak with students and faculty members in a casual setting
at the INMM barbecue at Lake Bryan.