S$63m drive to build core of 100 nuclear experts in Singapore

April 24, 2014

SINGAPORE — With nuclear know-how getting used pervasively in numerous industries and neighbouring nations contemplating the adoption of it, the National Research Foundation (NRF) is setting apart R$sixty three million to fund a brand new programme to coach extra scientists and engineers on this space.

Under the ten-yr Nuclear Safety Research and Education Programme introduced yesterday, the NRF hopes to coach about one hundred such specialists within the subsequent decade.

By about 2024, it’s hoped that these scientists and engineers might be specialists in three areas — radiochemistry, radiobiology and danger evaluation.

Radiochemistry is the research of radiation within the surroundings — comparable to within the air, water and soil. In radiobiology, scientists research the impression of low-degree doses of radiation on people; whereas these in danger evaluation research the actions of a nuclear reactor and what to do if issues go incorrect.

The programme, which may have R$sixty three million put aside for the primary 5 years, is a part of plans to maintain Singapore abreast of nuclear know-how developments within the area.

Said NRF CEO, Professor Low Teck Seng: “Many of our neighbours are taking a look at nuclear know-how and it’s important, because the Prime Minister says, for us to remember, be educated and, as such, have the ability to assess the know-how and its impression on Singapore — be it when it comes to the potential it has for us, when it comes to the danger we face, in addition to the power to harness its potential in each facet.”

For a begin, the National University of Singapore will supply engineering and physics college students a minor in medical physics, which can give these with an curiosity in nuclear know-how a basis within the topic. With this minor, they will go for nuclear physics topics that may be utilized in drugs — for instance, imaging methods comparable to Magnetic Resonance Imaging.

Post-graduate scholarships might be out there for college kids to pursue nucleartechnology research overseas.

The NRF can also be wanting into public schooling to strengthen consciousness of the advantages and security features of nuclear know-how.


S$63m drive to build core of 100 nuclear experts in Singapore
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