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R.J. Finch, A.M. Al-Madhloum, M.J. Schuller, D.R. Boyle, A.H. Mohagheghi, F. Ghanbari, A.D. Williams, and P.A. Beeley , "The Gulf Nuclear Energy Infrastructure Institute (GNEII) after Three Years," INMM 54th Annual Meeting, 14-18 July 2013, Palm Desert, California, USA.


Established in 2011, the Gulf Nuclear Energy Infrastructure Institute (GNEII) provides a regional mechanism for developing responsible nuclear energy infrastructure. Combining education and research, GNEII helps increase understanding about nuclear energy infrastructure, including safety, safeguards, and security (3S), among Gulf and Middle East professionals in regional nuclear-power programs. GNEII is affiliated with the Nuclear Engineering Department at Khalifa University of Science, Technology and Research in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE).
GNEII's mission is to engender, through professional development and education of decision makers from the region's nuclear-energy programs, a responsible nuclear-energy culture, including institutionalized safety, security and nonproliferation norms. GNEII is a strategic partnership among UAE and USA entities. In the UAE, these are the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR), the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC), the Critical Infrastructure and Coastal Protection Authority (CICPA), and Khalifa University. The partnership also includes support from the US Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration Office of Nonproliferation and International Security and the US Department of State's Partnership for Nuclear Security. Sandia National Laboratories and Texas A&M University's Nuclear Security Science and Policy Institute (NSSPI) are the US implementers working with Khalifa University. GNEII's UAE partners will assume responsibility for GNEII operations by 2017, making it a fully indigenous regional institute.
GNEII completed its second year in 2012 and will have completed its third year of the Fundamentals Course in May 2013. After three years, the GNEII Fundamentals Course will have seen nearly 60 Fellows from four Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries (UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Qatar) plus Jordan. GNEII expects to continue its expansion to include all GCC countries plus select regional countries outside the GCC (e.g., Jordan, Morocco). As GNEII continues to expand and further inculcate a culture of integrated 3S, it is expected that GNEII will become a world-class educational, training, and research hub with broad regional and international recognition.
*Sandia National Laboratories is a multi-program laboratory managed and operated by Sandia Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation, for the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration under contract DE-AC04-94AL85000.

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