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The following is a list of NSSPI, NPI, and/or TAMU-NE international activities for this region.

The Middle East



Education Support to the Kuwait National Nuclear Energy Committee (KNNEC)


Kuwait is taking the first steps to decide on a nuclear power program and is seeking international cooperation in addressing relevant issues. NPI and NSSPI were invited to visit the Kuwait National Nuclear Energy Committee (KNNEC), and during the IAEA there was a meeting with the Kuwait delegates and information on TAMU's programs on training and capacity building in nuclear and nuclear related fields was provided.  Mr. Ahmed Bishara , KNNEC's Executive Secretary was invited to visit NPI-NSSPI to see the potential and define the scope of cooperation.

Kuwait asked the IAEA to organize a public Information seminar early 2011.  An NPI staff member was invited to lecture in this seminar but there was a conflict with other commitments.


Nuclear Security and Non-Proliferation Education Support to the Government of Oman


The Government of Oman is drafting Strategy Plan for the development of nuclear energy and its applications in the country. To this effect the Ministry of Defense invited NSSSPI to prepare and delivery a two day Seminar on Nuclear Security and Non-Proliferation as information to their senior officers and Staff. The Seminar will held in Muscat on December 20-21, 2010.  NSSPI also received a communication indicating their interest on possible further collaboration with their academic institutions.

United Arab Emirates:

The Gulf Nuclear Energy Infrastructure Institute (GNEII)


The Gulf Nuclear Energy Infrastructure Institute (GNEII) was established in 2011 as a Khalifa University institute. It houses an education program that offers both classroom instruction and hands-on experience in topics related to nuclear energy safety, security, safeguards, and nonproliferation. GNEII strives to promote a nuclear energy security and safety culture in countries in the region that are considering implementing nuclear energy programs. The start up of GNEII was sponsored by offi ces of the US Department of Energy and State. Over the past three years, NSSPI has worked with Sandia National Laboratories to develop the curriculum and supply the instructors for the classroom modules.