Background

The CORONA II project is funded by Work Programme 2014–2015 which has been developed in accordance with the Council Regulation on the Research and Training Programme of the European Atomic Energy Community (2014–2018) complementing the Horizon 2020.

The topic addressed is NFRP-10-2015 – Education and Training (Bologna and Copenhagen processes[1]). The type of action applied is CSA Coordination and support action.

[1] Bologna process (1999) for academic education (European Credit Transfer and accumulation System/ ECTS), providing a robust basis for Euromaster programmes and doctoral schools, the Copenhagen process (2002) for Vocational Education and Training (European Credit System for VET/ECVET), fostering the synergy between the worlds of education / training and of work / industry

CORONA I

CORONA was a project funded by the European Commission under the theme Fission-2011-5.1.1 – Euratom Fission Training Schemes (EFTS) in nuclear energy and radiation protection. The overall objective of the project was the Establishment of a Regional Center of Competence for VVER Technology and Nuclear Applications. The center would be recognized by the EU nuclear sector and would develop and implement training schemes for VVER specifics in cooperation with local, national and international training and educational organizations.

The specific objectives of the project were:

  • Enhancing safety and performance of nuclear installations with VVER technology through specialized initial and continuous training of personnel involved;
  • Emphasizing on safety culture enhancing the importance of maintaining an adequate level of safety culture in VVER installations;
  • Contributing to the development of Knowledge Management System for VVER technology;
  • Preserving and further developing nuclear competencies, skills and knowledge related to VVER technology, as a technology used in the EU;
  • Contributing to research initiatives and education actions as well as to future business opportunities for the nuclear industry;
  • Catalyzing the building of national network related to nuclear industry, research and academia, and other types of community of practice;
  • Stimulating the cooperation with ENEN [3] and SNETP/ETKM – opening research and training facilities of common interests to a wider community of students, scientists and operators.

The essence of the project was to provide a special purpose structure for training and qualification of personnel for serving VVER technology as one of nuclear power options used in the EU. Such an approach should allow unifying existing VVER related training schemes according to IAEA standards and commonly accepted criteria recognized in the EU. In this regard, the implementation of ECVET (“European Credit system for Vocational Education and Training”) in the sectors of nuclear fission and radiation protection is particularly important in all education and training actions under Euratom.