All Member States of APSCO have their own human resource for space science and technology, and their applications in some level, still there are a lot of demands for highly skilled professionals in various disciplines of space sciences and technology. APSCO has established degree education program in collaboration with accredited Universities in Asia-pacific which are eligible to give such degrees based on the condition that there is a lack of highly educated professionals for space related projects in all Member States of APSCO.
Degree Education Programs with Beihang University
In order to implement the Objectives of the APSCO Convention, and carry out the Basic Activities of conducting education and training activities concerning space science and technology and their applications, as well as benefit all Member States with further strengthening the capability of APSCO Member States in the use of space-related technologies for economic, social and cultural development, there is a need by Member States for higher level of knowledge and expertise in the relevant disciplines by educators, research and application scientists. Obviously, these capabilities could be acquired through long-term intensive education program.
Referring to the recommendations of the United Nations Program on Space Applications (UN-PSA), and based on the successful implementation of two Master Programs on Space Technology Applications exclusively for the applicants from the Signatory States to the Convention of APSCO in the initialization stage of APSCO (2006-2008) with the support from the Chinese Government, the APSCO and Beihang University have initiated APSCO Master Program on Space Technology Applications (MASTA Program) since 2009 as an operational program for the applicants from APSCO Member States.
MASTA Program is an elaborately designed and intensive Master Program for students who are interested in exploring the mysterious universe. It focuses on both knowledge acquisition and operational training and is an application-oriented program. It provides a powerful platform for scholars and professionals to obtain more opportunities for communicating and experiencing the space technology practice.
In order to further support applicants from APSCO Member States, APSCO signed Cooperation Agreement with the International School of Beihang University in 2010 for funding students from APSCO Member States each year through the Chinese Government Scholarship Scheme with the Scholarships from Chinese Scholarship Council (CSC), Beijing Municipal Government and Beihang University for international students only. The Cooperation Agreement was renewed every three years.
With the reference to the present activities of UN-PSA around the world, a Master Program on Space Application is designed in a two-stage program:
a) Nine-month Core Course;
b) Thesis study for 6-12 months in applicant’s home country or at Beihang University.
The APSCO Secretariat and Beihang University recruited MASTA students from APSCO Member States jointly. Beihang University provides totally 15-35 Chinese Government Full Scholarships for the applicants recommended by the APSCO Secretariat and also provides Beihang Scholarship to some of applicants.
APSCO and Beihang University are jointly recruiting MASTA students successfully on following research direction since 2010:
MASTA Program on Remote Sensing and Geo-information System (RS&GIS)
MASTA Program on Satellite Communications (SATCOM)
MASTA Program on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS)
MASTA Program on Micro-Satellite Technology (MicroSat)
MASTA Program on Space Law and Policy
Expansion of Degree Education Programme
In order to promote APSCO Degree Education Programme and bring more benefit to APSCO Member States，APSCO is planning to expand its degree education programme and provide the opportunity to more students. Currently about 35 graduate students are recruited annually and the expansion plan is to gradually increase the number of students with an upper limit of 100 students per year.
In this regard, APSCO has initiated a cooperation with the Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT) with the support of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), China to jointly organize Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Program starting from the year 2018 on following research disciplines:
|School of Astronautics ||Control Science and engineering|
|School of Astronautics ||Aeronautical and Astronautical Science and Technoloy|
|School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering||Manufacturing Engineering of Aerospace Vehicle|
Moreover, the Secretariat of APSCO has initiated a cooperation with the Northwestern Polytechnic University (NPU) with the support of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), People’s Republic of China to jointly organize Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Program and Master Program starting from the year 2018 on following research disciplines:
|School of Astronautics|| Navigation, Guidance and Control|
|School of Astronautics||Aeronautical and Astronautical Science and Technology|
|School of Power and Energy||Aeronautical and Astronautical Science and Technology|