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Agreement bolsters nuclear science education in South Korea

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ANSTO has  formalised an arrangement with the University of New England’s AsiaConneXions  program to bring nuclear science programs to students and teachers in South Korea.

ANSTO a global leader in the development of nuclear science education resources and programs, frequently in collaboration with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), has this week formalised an arrangement with the University of New England’s AsiaConneXions  program to bring nuclear science programs to students and teachers in South Korea.


(Left to right) Mark Alexander, Shaun Jenkinson, Bridget Murphy and Rod Dowler at the virtual signing

The agreement was signed by official representatives from the respective organisations in a virtual event on 3 March: Acting CEO Shaun Jenkinson and Professor Michael Wilmore, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, UNE.

Those who attended the virtual signing also included Professor Brigid Heywood Vice-Chancellor and CEO of the University of New England, who is also an ANSTO Board Member; Professor John Pegg, Founding Director, SiMERR National Research Centre, UNE; Professor Sue Gregory, Head, School of Education, UNE; Dr Myung-Sook Auh, Program Director, Asia ConneXions; Senior Lecturer, School of Education;  Mr Mark Snowden, Manager, Australia-Korea Foundation, DFAT: Mark Alexander, Manager, International Affairs, ANSTO;  Rod Dowler, National Education and Engagement Manager ANSTO; and  Dr Bridget Murphy, Education Manager ANSTO

The program is funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s 2021 Australia-Korea Foundation grant.

The new arrangement builds on past joint work between the two organisations since 2013, which delivered programs by video conferencing to students in Indonesia, Japan and South Korea.

ANSTO Education Manager, Dr Bridget Murphy said, “This project helps to educate the next generation of informed global citizens, so they can understand the role of nuclear science in improving human health and the environment.  It brings students and teachers from across the world much closer.“  

The sessions will be presented by staff in ANSTO’s education team.

ANSTO will use the UNE’s digital technology to connect its educators with South Korean universities and schools via videoconferencing.

The first virtual lesson has already been delivered.

In addition to the lessons, a nuclear science project competition, a hands-on activity, is planned.

Leader of the Asia ConneXions team, Dr Myung-Sook Auh said, “We have 24 sessions scheduled for 2021. The majority are for high school students in Years 10 and 11. Another two are aimed at South Korean university staff and two are aimed at teacher professional development,” she added.

The initiative is part of a bigger project to establish the ANSTO nuclear science education program in South Korea facilitated by the University of New England’s Asia ConneXions team led by Dr Myung-Sook Auh.


Rod Dowler

Rod Dowler, National education and Engagement Manager
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