Nuclear engineering graduates from around the world will be the backbone of the next generation of US nuclear reactors.
The Obama administration announced the program on Wednesday.
Under the plan, nuclear engineers from 20 countries will train at the Nuclear Engineering Institute of America, or NEIA, and gain valuable experience and training on nuclear engineering issues.
The goal is to help build the US’ next generation nuclear reactors, including new plants like the Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant in the UK, the first in the US.
In addition, the United States will have nuclear scientists who will lead the next wave of nuclear engineering, including the development of new technologies.
The new program will also provide training in nuclear safety, including advanced reactor containment, as well as on critical safety features such as pressure vessels and control systems.
The nuclear engineers at NEIA are among the top 20 percent of their respective countries in the world.
Here are the countries that are among NEIA’s top 50 countries.
United Kingdom A nuclear engineering graduate in the United Kingdom earns a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in nuclear engineering.
The UK government launched the program in 2010 to fill a shortage of nuclear engineers.
Undergraduate students can earn a master’s or bachelor’s in nuclear science and engineering from either the University of Manchester or the University College London.
France The nuclear engineering program at the Paris Institute of Technology is designed to attract top scientists, engineers and engineers-in-training from around Europe.
The French government has already invested more than $5 billion in nuclear facilities in France, including a nuclear power station at Aix-en-Provence.
Canada The Canadian government will provide the next-generation reactor design for a reactor under construction in Quebec City.
The reactor will be built by a consortium of nuclear power companies.
Germany The German government plans to invest more than €8 billion ($9.8 billion) in its new generation nuclear plants in the U.S. The first U.K. plant will be at Hinkleys Point in the Chesapeake Bay, and the second at the Savannah River Site in Georgia.
The U.KS. is also building a nuclear reactor at the Yucca Mountain in Nevada.
In the United Arab Emirates, the government is planning a nuclear plant in Al Ain, an area in northern Saudi Arabia.
Japan Japan is planning to build two reactors at the Hitachi plant in Tokyo, the second of which will be a high-temperature reactor.
In South Korea, the country is building a second reactor, which is expected to start commercial operations in 2018.
Malaysia The government is investing around $1 billion to build the first plant of its kind in Malaysia.
The Malaysian government expects to build one of the country’s biggest nuclear reactors in 2021.
The project is expected the start construction in 2022.
Israel The government will invest around $300 million in a plant to build a new nuclear reactor in the country, which will supply fuel to the European Union.
New Zealand The government announced it will spend $400 million on a new power plant for the New Zealand nuclear industry, including about $200 million to support nuclear safety training.