Series Review of the 5th Anniversary of the Centre|Historical Events

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In January 2013, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology held an inter-ministerial coordination meeting to discuss the application to the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) for establishing a new regional education centre for space science and technology affiliated to the United Nations.

In February 2013, the Chinese delegation proposed to establish a new regional education centre for space science and technology affiliated to the United Nations at Beihang University in the 50th Session of the Scientific and Technological Subcommittee of COPUOS.

In June 2013, the proposal submitted by the 50th Session of the Science and Technological Subcommittee was approved at the 56th Session of COPUOS.

On September 30, 2013, Beihang University passed the evaluation organized by UNOOSA with the conclusion of “Offered or Satisfactory” (OS).



In March 2014, the Premier of People’s Republic of China approved the establishment of the Centre in China.

From September 18 to 22, 2014, UN-SPIDER Short-Term Training Course was held in Beihang University.

On September 29, 2014, the first Global Networking Forum (GNF) on International Space Education was elaborated and hosted at the 65th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Toronto, Canada, Mr. Weng Jingnong was appointed the chairman of the conference.

On November 17, 2014, the 1st Meeting of the Governing Board of the Centre was held in Beijing, Mr. Xu Dazhe, Administrator of China National Space Administration (CNSA), Deputy Minister of Industry and Information Technology of China (MIIT) was appointed as the Chairperson of the Governing Board. Mr. Tao Zhi, Vice President of Beihang University was appointed as Director of the Centre. Mr. Weng jingnong from International School, Beihang University was appointed as Deputy Director of the Centre, and Mr. Huai jinpeng, the President of Beihang University at that time, was appointed as Director of the Centre’s Advisory Committee.

On December 22, 2014, the first Session of APSCO Distance Training Course was held at Beihang University.



From February 2 to 13, 2015, the 52nd session of the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee of the COPUOS was held in Vienna, Austria, representatives of the Centre were invited to attend.

From April 13 to 24, 2015, the 54th Session of the Legal Subcommittee of COPUOS was held in Vienna, Austria, representatives of the Centre were invited to attend.

From June 15 to 19, 2015, Dr. Gong Haoqin’s “Painting Exhibition on China’s Space Exploration——Flying with the Wings of art” was held successfully in the Mozart Hall of Vienna International Center., the Headquarters of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs in Vienna.

In September 2015, the Centre enrolled international graduate students majoring in Micro-satellite Technology for the first time.

In October 2015, the Centre was reconstructed and redecorated.

On November 28, 2015, the 2nd Meeting of the Governing Board was held in Beijing, Mr. Xu Huibin, President of Beihang University, was appointed as the Director of the Advisory Committee.



On March 8, 2016, The Chinese government approved the establishment of “China Space Day” on April 24 each year. In order to broaden the influence of China Space Day, uphold and endorse the astronauts’ spirit and inspire people at home and abroad, especially young people’s enthusiasm for advocating science, exploring the unknown, and daring to innovate, the Centre held the first Poster Design Contest for China Space Day in April 2016, and was well received and participated. It is now the brand event of the Centre which is held in April each year. 

Since 2016, on the basis of integrating existing teaching and practice resources, the Centre has elaborated a series of activities of “Journey of Chinese Aerospace Technology and Culture”, which have been strongly supported by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. This activity is held from march to June every year, through practice visits, academic lectures, student forums and other forms, is a bold attempt to innovate the education and training mode of the Centre.

From August 8 to 13, 2016, the Global Navigation Satellite System Training Course co-sponsored by the Centre and ARCSSTE-E was held in Ife, Nigeria.

In September 2016, the Centre enrolled international graduate students in Space Law and Policy for the first time.

From September 12 to 16, 2016, Mr. Sergio Camacho, the former Director of UNOOSA, was invited to visit the Centre and give lectures.

On September 26, 2016, the 67th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) was held in guadalaha, Mexico, representatives of the Centre were invited to attend and gave a report.

From October 14 to 16, 2016, Training on the “Belt and Road Initiative” Spacial Information Corridor Engineering Application was held in Beihang University.

On October 26, 2016, Dr. Luc St-Pierre and Dr. Shirish Ravan, Project Managers of Space Technology Applications of UNOOSA (United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs) visited the Centre.

The Centre attaches great importance to the construction of volunteer team, encourages students to participate in the work of the Centre and make suggestions for the development of the Centre. In December, 2016, Mr. Krishna Prosad Mondal, an international student from Bangladesh, was awarded the title of “Outstanding Volunteer of the Year”.

On December 6, 2016, the 1st Advisory Committee Meeting was held in Beijing, China, presided by Mr. XU Huibin, Director of the Advisory Committee and President of Beihang University. Proposal for establishing the Alliance of Regional Centres (ARC) initiated by RCSSTEAP was discussed during the meeting.



On February 15, 2017, Mr. Weng Jingnong, Executive Director of the Centre, and Latin American students accepted interview from Spanish Channel of CCTV.

From 6 to 10 March 2017, Ms. Mazlan Othman, the former Director of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) visited the Centre and gave lectures.

On April 22, 2017, Madam Simonetta Di Pippo, Director of UNOOSA and six (6) permanent representatives at United Nations Office at Vienna (Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Pakistan, Philippines and South Africa) visited Beihang University, accompanied by Mr. Wu Yanhua, Vice Administrator of CNSA and Mr. Xu Hong, Director-General of Department of Treaty and Law, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China.

During June 12 to 14, 2017, a delegation led by Mr. Huang Haijun Vice President of Beihang University attended the 60th Session of UNCOPUOS.

On August 14, 2017, the First Summer Camp of the APSCO Student Small Satellite (SSS) Project was held in Beihang University.

August 21-24, 2017, “Southern Hemisphere Space Technology Application and Education Forum”, organized by the Centre, was held successfully in Brazilian Space Agency (AEB) and University of Brasilia.

On the occasion of the 65th anniversary of Beihang University, a Space Technology Applications Forum was held successfully by the Centre on October 27, 2017.

On November 29th, 2017, the 3rd Meeting of the Governing was held in Beijing, Mr. Tang Dengjie, the Administrator of China National Space Administration (CNSA) at that time and Deputy Minister of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), was elected the Chairperson of the Governing Board.



From April 12 to 26, 2018, Training on Space Cooperation for Global Health was held at Beihang University.

From April 11 to 23, the 1st Short Training Program of China-Arab BDS/GNSS Center was held in Tunisia.

From April 23 to 27, BDS/GNSS short training program was held in Morocco.

From July 30 to August 17, 2018, the 2nd Summer Camp of APSCO Small Student Satellite (SSS) Project was held successfully in Ankara, Turkey.

During October 22 to 26, 2018, Micro-satellite Technology Short Training Program was held in Morocco.

From April 24 to 25, 2018, Satellite Application and International Cooperation Seminar was held in Harbin. It was supported by Earth Observation System and Data Centre, CNSA and organized by Institute of Geography Science and Natural Resources Research, CAS, RCSSTEAP and Harbin Institute of Technology. This seminar is one of the series of activities.

From June 17 to 26, 2018, the 61st session of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space was held in Vienna, Austria, during which the UNISPACE+50 aerospace exhibition was held, the Centre set up its own booth in the name of the Alliance of Regional Centres (ARC).

From September 17 to 19, 2018, the 1st World Conference on Science Literacy was held in Beijing. Mr. Weng Jingnong, Executive Director of the Centre and Dean of International School, delivered a speech at the Parallel Session of the conference: “Space Exploration and the Future of Mankind” Forum.

On November 14, 2018, the opening ceremony of APSCO 10th Anniversary Conference was grandly held in Beijing. Mr. Xu Huibin, Director of the Advisory Committee of the Centre and President of Beihang University, was invited to be present. President Xu Huibin renewed the cooperation agreement between Beihang University and APSCO with Mr. Li Xinjun, Secretary General of APSCO. During the conference, Beihang University was conferred Best Space Education Cooperation Institute.

On November 20, 2018, the UHF/VHF/S-band APSCO Mission Control Centre & Data Process Archive Centre of Beihang was completed and put into operation.

On November 22, 2018, the 2nd Advisory Committee Meeting was held in Beijing, The meeting discussed the addition of Space Science specialty and other topics.

On December 9, 2018, Surucchawadi Seweewanlop, a Thai student from the Centre, won the first prize in “FLTRP Cup” English Public Speaking National Round Competition.



From March 25 to 28, 2019, Mr. Weng Jingnong, Executive Director of the Centre, attended United Nations/Jordan Workshop: Global Partnership in Space Exploration and Innovation and delivered a report.

From April 1 to 2, 2019, the 2nd BeiDou Short Training Program of China-Arab States BDS operation Forum was successfully held in Tunisia City of the Republic of Tunisia.

On April 24, 2019, Mr. Tao Zhi, Director of the Centre and Vice President of Beihang University, led the delegation to attend the United Nations/China Forum on Space Solutions: Realizing the Sustainable Development Goals. During the conference, the Centre set up a booth independently, fully display the achievements made by the Centre in recent years and the development of the Alliance of Regional Centres (ARC) through displaying pictures, brochures and souvenirs, which was widely concerned and praised by the delegates.

On May 24, 2019, Mr. Carlos Augusto Teixeira de Moura, President of Brazilian Space Agency (AEB), paid a visit to the Centre.

On July 4, 2019, the Centre successfully accomplished the task of English training and testing for personnel selected by the China National Space Administration (CNSA) to work in the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA). 

On September 11, 2019, Mr. Weng Jingong, Executive Director of the Centre, Dean of International School, Beihang University, was invited to attend the 10th Anniversary Conference of UNSPIDER. At the meeting, Beihang University was awarded Valuable Contributions by UN-SPIDER Beijing office.