One of the most critical challenges in the future for nuclear technology is to maintain nuclear competence. In this paper, the work to cope with this challenge in Sweden is described. The main measure has been the cooperation between the authorities and the nuclear power industry in the Swedish Centre for Nuclear Technology. In the year 2002, its activity only to support PhD students was expanded to also include support to three universities and institutes of technology for professorships and other posts. The conclusion is that this support has secured future undergraduate and postgraduate programmes at an adequate level up to the year 2010.
Keywords: nuclear safety, nuclear education, nuclear competence, competence needs, Sweden, nuclear power, nuclear technology, higher education, nuclear energy