Singapore is moving ahead with plans to grow its expertise in developing nuclear technology and safety, Channel News Asia reported. The National Research Foundation (NRF) announced this week a 10-year program focused on improving nuclear research and education. To fund the first five years of the program, the NRF expects to earmark an estimated $63 million in order to help boost the country's knowledge of nuclear technology by training more nuclear experts. The program is comprised of the Singapore Nuclear Research and Safety Initiative (SNRSI) and the Nuclear Education and Training Fund (NETF).
"This is important because as a nation, we need to build up capabilities in nuclear technology for many reasons," said Low Teck Seng, CEO of the NRF, according to Channel News Asia. "One, nuclear technology is now pervasively used in many different industries. Two, nuclear technology, nuclear energy is something that we need to be aware of."
Investments will go toward training an estimated 100 scientists and engineers in the next decade to become experts in radiochemistry, radiobiology and risk assessment. To begin, the National University of Singapore plans to improve education for nuclear technology by offering a Medical Physics minor for students studying engineering and physics. The plan also includes opportunities for post-graduate scholarships for students to pursue nuclear technology studies abroad.