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French nuclear giants offer internships to Saudis

These internships will provide students with real work experience in nuclear facilities and engineering centers in Europe

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Two French global leaders in nuclear energy are offering internship programs in France and Germany for students from King Saud University, King Faisal University and King Fahd University for Petroleum and Minerals.

The initiative, run by King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (KA-CARE) in cooperation with the companies AREVA and EDF, aims to develop local expertise in nuclear energy in the Kingdom.

These internships will provide students with real work experience in nuclear facilities and engineering centers in Europe.

By introducing the students to the European nuclear experience, they are getting to interact with the best in the industry with a focus on quality, safety and performance.

Prior to the internship, these students will have the opportunity to learn the basic fundamentals of nuclear energy during training seminars in Riyadh and in Al-Khobar.

Dr. Khalid Alhumaizi, the dean of engineering college at King Saud University, declared: “I’m very optimistic about the Kingdom’s sustainable energy program led by KA-CARE, and each person who contributes to this program is contributing to the Kingdom’s future by transforming the “Kingdom of Energy” into the “Kingdom of Sustainable Energy” and for that I thank EDF and AREVA for their cooperation and commitment in starting the first and most important phase of the program, building the human capabilities to run nuclear energy in the near future in the Kingdom.”

Dr. Ali Nouri, vice president of AREVA in the Middle East, said: "Providing young Saudi engineers with practical experience in actual nuclear facilities and engineering centers is an important aspect of human capacity building. “We are committed to strongly contributing to this effort.”

(This article was first published in Saudi Gazette on May 20, 2014)