An Advanced Educational Program for Nuclear Professionals with Social Scientific Literacy: A Collaborative Initiative by UC Berkeley & Univ. of Tokyo on the Fukushima Accident

Kohta Juraku, Joonhong Ahn, Shinya Nagasaki, Cathryn Carson & Mikael Jensen
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Last Modified: 20 February 2013

The authors have collaborated for over three years in developing an advanced educational program to cultivate leading engineers who can productively interact with other stakeholders. The program is organized under a partnership between the Nuclear Engineering Department of University of California, Berkeley (UCBNE) and the Global COE Program “Nuclear Education and Research Initiative” (GoNERI) of the University of Tokyo, and is funded by MEXT (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology), Japan. We conducted two “summer schools” in 2009 and 2010 as trial cases of the educational program. This year, in response to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident, we decided to make our third summer school a venue for preliminary, yet multi-dimensional learning from that event. This school was held in Berkeley, CA, in the first week of August, with 12 lecturers and 18 students from various fields and countries. In this paper, we will explain the concept, aim, and design of our program; do a preliminary assessment of its effectiveness; introduce a couple of intriguing discussions held by participants; and discuss the program’s implications for the post-Fukushima nuclear context.

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