Space technology and its applications, the most fascinating technical achievement of the human race in the last six decades, has undoubtedly advanced with great stride. The various practical benefits of space technology play a central role in international development efforts.
In order to transform the recommendations of the United Nations Programme on Space Applications (UN-PSA) into a practical and operable program, Beihang University has initiated the Master program on Space Technology Applications (MASTA) since 2006, and the program has been held 11 times with success till now. This program has enrolled totally 260 postgraduate students from 20 countries, among which 159 students have graduated and obtained the Master’s Degree on Space Technology Applications.
MASTA is an elaborately designed and intensive Master program for students who are interested in exploring the mysterious universe. This application-oriented program focuses on both knowledge acquisition and operational training. It aims to deliver “International, Interdisciplinary, Intercultural, Innovative, Identical (5I)” education and provide a powerful platform for scholars and professionals to obtain more opportunities for communicating and experiencing the space technology practice in China.
MASTA is designed to give participants a competitive edge by:
Broadening their knowledge on space-related issues and activities and encouraging participants to use acquired knowledge and skills through practical, hands-on experience;
Providing a variety practice opportunities (include watching satellite launching on site, attending international conferences/workshops, etc.);
Internationally qualified professors and experts from a diversity of academic backgrounds;
Modularized curricula design and flexible study modes;
Developing the cross-cultural communication skills with an internationalized atmosphere.
The main educational fields of MASTA Program include Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems (RS&GIS), Satellite Communications, Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS), Micro-satellite Technology, Space Law and Policy, etc.
This program is carried out according to the regulations and requirements of Beihang University. Referring to the Education Curricula of UN-PSA, the study period is divided into two phases:
(a) 9-month Course Study
(b) 6-12 months Thesis Research (at Beihang University or in applicant’s homeland)
The training procedures are as follows.
Course Study in China: 9 months (at Beihang University)
(Leading to Course completion Certificate)
Formulation of an Individual Training Plan
Common Platform Courses
l Major courses
l Academic Lectures
l Professional Visits
l Pilot Project or Practical Courses
Thesis Research: 12 months (in China or home country)
(Leading to Master’s Degree in Engineering)
Literature Survey and Thesis Proposal
Lectures are conducted in English. The thesis for project practice is required to be written in English. Courses are organized into three modules as given above.
Participants will be awarded with the Graduation Certificate of Beihang University and Master’s Degree Certificate of the People’s Republic of China when fulfilling the required credits and passing the thesis defense.
The faculty for this program consist of professors, experts and senior engineers from Beihang University and some other institutes or academies of China and abroad. The core faculty members have long and varied experience in the field of space science and technology. In addition, they have accumulated considerable teaching experience over the years and are skilled in teaching and advising international students.
Regional Centre for Space Science and Technology Education in Asia and the Pacific (China) (affiliated to the United Nations) (RCSSTEAP for short) was established on November 17, 2014. The Centre is located on the main campus of Beihang University (http://ev.buaa.edu.cn/), Beijing, China.
The Centre, as an education and training entity supported by the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS), was established with the missions to promote the peaceful use of space technologies for the benefit of humanity and to sensitize the countries within the region about space science and technology activities by educating and creating awareness through training, workshops, short courses and outreaches. It seeks to contribute to the implementation of “Programme on Space Applications” promoted by COPUOS and to the enhancement of the education and training level as well as application capacity of space science and technology in the Member States of the Centre through capacity building, information communication, training programmes and professional visits.
For the purpose of facilitating the UN Space Applications Programme and satisfying demands of the Asia-Pacific countries regarding space science and technology education, the Centre offers degree and non-degree programmes with academic exchanges and consultation carrying out in the field of space technology applications.
The Centre has established extensive cooperation with space industries. The Centre has internationally qualified academic and administrative staff with excellent facilities for education, accommodation and recreation.
Presently, the Centre has 10 Member States including Algeria, Argentina, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, China, Indonesia, Pakistan, Peru and Venezuela.
The applicant should be under the age of 35;
The applicant should have some professional experiences of working in space technology industry or research institutes;
The applicant should have Bachelor Degree of relevant discipline or the diploma equivalent to Bachelor Degree;
The applicant is expected to have good command of English and the ability to take courses in English;
The applicant is supposed to have research background in relevant areas.
Note: Please notice as a special requirement that selected applicants should come to study at Beihang University with their Private Passports only (not official/service/other types of passport).
Applicants of this program are mostly recommended by organizations. Students who are interested to do self-sponsor, please visit website (http://admission.buaa.edu.cn/) for further information.
Tuition Fee: 35000 Yuan (RMB) per year;
Insurance: 800 Yuan (RMB) per year;
Accommodation: Double room, 750 Yuan (RMB) per month (not including costs like water, electricity, etc.).
Scholarship and Financial Support
1. The applicants are welcomed to apply for the Chinese Government Scholarship (CSC Scholarship) at Beihang University.
The Full CSC scholarship will cover the following items:
Tuition fee for 2 years;
Free accommodation during study at the University (not including costs like water and electricity, etc.);
Living allowance during stay at the University (3000 RMB per month or according to the standard of CSC);
Medical Insurance only for accidents and hospitalization treatments, according to the standard of CSC.
2. The applicants who fail to get the CSC Scholarship will have chance to get Beijing Municipal/Beihang Scholarship. Beijing Municipal/Beihang Scholarship will only cover tuition fee.
Application Procedures and Required Documents
Step 1: Apply online
Make the online application for Chinese Government Scholarship on the website of CSC http://studyinchina.csc.edu.cn): fill up the Application Form, submit the completed Application Form and supporting documents online, and print the Application Form according to the requirements. Please note that the specialty should be chosen as “Space Technology Applications” and the language of instructions should be chosen as “English”. Please also note that the “Program Category” should be “Type B” and the “Agency Number” of Beihang University is 10006.
Step 2: Prepare documents
1. Application Form for Chinese Government Scholarship;
2. Highest Education Diploma (notarized photocopy or original one) or Certificate of Expected Graduation Date from the university studying currently;
3. Notarized Transcripts or Original Ones;
4. Study or Research Plan (no less than 500 words);
5. Two Recommendation Letters from Professors or Academic Experts;
6. The Results of TOEFL, IELTS or English Proficiency Certificates;
7. Photocopy of Physical Examination Form and the Report on Blood Examination;
8. Photocopy of First Page of Passport (the information page);
9. The List of Application Documents and Post Address confirmed.
Note: All the documents should be in duplicate. And the language of documents should be in English or Chinese or attached with translations in English or Chinese.
Step 3: Submit documents
Mail all required documents to the following address before March 15, 2019.
Ms. Guo Yuanyuan
Address: International School of Beihang University, No. 37 Xueyuan Road, Haidian District, Beijing 100191, P.R. China.
Tel: +86-10-82339734, +86-13581523872
Note: In order to speed up your application process, scanned copies can be emailed to the Contact Person: firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can get your information in advance. And mail all the required documents to the Contact Person at RCSSTEAP(China) by the already set deadline (March 15, 2019). RCSSTEAP (China) and Beihang University will acknowledge the receipt of your application after evaluation. No application documents will be returned after submission.
Applicants should mail the required applications documents to the Contact Person at RCSSTEAP (China) by March 15, 2019.
The results of admission will be notified by stages from May 20 to early August, 2019.
The Admission Notice and related documents will be mailed to the successful applicants before August 15, 2019.
The program will start in early September 2019.
Ms. Guo Yuanyuan, Program Director, RCSSTEAP(China)
Address: East Wing of Library, No. 37, Xueyuan Road, Haidian District, Beijing, China, 100191, International School, Beihang University
Website of RCSSTEAP: http://www.rcssteap.org
Website of International School, Beihang University: http//is.buaa.edu.cn
Website of Beihang University: http://ev.buaa.edu.cn/
Website of China Scholarship Council: http://studyinchina.csc.edu.cn
In 2019, MASTA Program provides three educational fields: Satellite Communications and Global Navigation Satellite Systems (SC&GNSS), Remote Sensing and Geo-information System (RS&GIS), Micro-satellite Technology. The followings are detailed information of each field.