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“International coordination is important for strong capacity building in nuclear security.”
Nurul Ilyani Binti Zaharudin, a PhD candidate at University of Malaya, speaks about the importance of a broad and inclusive approach to nuclear security.
Why is international coordination important to improving nuclear security?
Nuclear security is a global concern. A nuclear security incident in one country will affect neighbouring countries and the whole world. International coordination is important for strong capacity building in nuclear security for each and every country worldwide. Only through effective international coordination can we support each other. If an incident occurs, rapid and better responses will be easier. When there is not a crisis, information, resources, best practices and experience can be shared and exchanged, and joint exercises can be held. This will ensure strong nuclear security worldwide, contributing to global peace and security.
You made an excellent point that nuclear security culture is implemented “down to top and top down”. Could you explain?
Everyone is responsible and plays a role for the sustainability and assurance of robust nuclear security culture. Thus, it requires top-down and bottom-up involvement, not only among the top management of the industry itself (e.g. the regulatory bodies), but it should take into consideration each and every person, society as a whole, and people from all walks of life. We need to communicate effectively to introduce and promote nuclear security and its importance, reaching everyone at each level. We shouldn’t forget the importance of coordination between all relevant authorities in the security domain.
In my experience, it is difficult for us from the educational sector and for me as a student to approach and become involved in nuclear security with the authorities, as these are always considered private and confidential matters. While this is true, my personal point of view is that perhaps we could handle it in a better way. Collaboration and being more open to others’ opinions is possible while still keeping the necessary information confidential. For example, NASA shares some data with the public in its citizen science projects for research and education purposes, so anything important they might have missed could be found by the public. Opportunity and space should be given to interested people, for example students or researchers at academic institutions, to share our ideas and opinions to contribute to strengthening and improving nuclear security. Academic institutions also are much closer to the public community, so they can offer valuable insights for the authorities making decisions and improvements.
I believe everyone’s point of view and ideas are important, regardless of who they are. Their ideas and involvement can really shape a better future. As far as we can see, nuclear security is not well balanced and developed throughout the world. Everyone knows it’s important, but not all make the utmost efforts. Some countries take it quite seriously, while some just meet the basic requirements. Undeniably, the involvement of and contributions from everyone is crucial. There should be space for their involvement to work and voice their opinion regardless of how much and what experience they have. Training and development opportunities should be provided for further engagement and improvement. This is something that might always be taken for granted in sustaining and strengthening efforts for nuclear security. Nevertheless, this just my personal point of view.
“Collaboration and being more open to others’ opinions is possible while still keeping the necessary information confidential.”
What was your WINS Academy elective? Why did you choose it?
I chose Nuclear Security for Scientists, Technicians and Engineers. I was a master’s degree student in the Nuclear Security and Safeguards programme when WINS launched and announced the certification programme. At that time, the STE module was the most relevant for me. It also provides additional information and resources that broaden my knowledge in nuclear security. Thus I was able to complete the programme, which really helped in my studies and research work during that time.
What inspired you to become a WINS Academy Ambassador?
Passion, opportunity and knowledge empowerment, as well as further networking with professionals and experts from whom I can learn. WINS provides equal opportunity for everyone regardless their background field or experience. Through WINS and its platform, I have been able to get involved in nuclear security and bring the benefits to others who have not yet been reached. As the saying goes, a journey of thousand miles begins with single step. Perhaps I could then be among the professionals and experts in this field in the future. Thanks, WINS, for this opportunity. Even if I hadn’t been selected as an ambassador, I would still actively participate in WINS programmes as they are very beneficial to me.
What advice do you have for current WINS Academy learners or those considering enrolling?
Forget your doubts and just proceed. It is never a waste to spend time learning and participating in the WINS Academy. There are so many opportunities. Membership is free and open to everyone. It’s a perfect platform for sharing and expanding knowledge as well as experience. You can browse insightful information about a broad range of nuclear security topics. Additionally, you can also meet many dedicated people from all around the globe who show their passion about various fields and experience. You can learn from them and they learn from you, exchanging ideas and knowledge.
From the University of Malaya:
How has your organisation benefitted from Nurul achieving Certified Nuclear Security Professional status?
The University of Malaya is the premier university in Malaysia, ranked number one both as a teaching and research university. Having Nurul as a Certified Nuclear Security Professional is an honour for us as we can be the leader in promoting the safety and security of nuclear materials and equipment in this country. It also reflects the capability of our organisation as the main body concerned with the security of nuclear facilities, safety of the individuals involved in this industry, and pioneering security of nuclear related materials and activity.
“Having Nurul as a Certified Nuclear Security Professional is an honour for us as we can be the leader in promoting the safety and security of nuclear materials and equipment in this country.”
What role does WINS certification play in your institution’s professional development programme?
University of Malaya is grateful for this certification that allows us to have a professional specialising in the nuclear security field. Very few individuals in Malaysia may be able to earn this special certification, and therefore we are looking forward to Nurul’s success and very much hope that she will be able to contribute to the country and the world.