On June 29th, 2018, Graduation Ceremony and Course Completion Ceremony for 2016 & 2017 MASTA was held in the conference center of New Main Building, Beihang University. Mr. Li Yue, Deputy Director of Department of Military-Civil Technology Integration, Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), Ms. Wu Xiaomei, Secretary General of International Alliance of Satellite Application Service (ASAS), Mr. Mohammad Ebrahimi, Director General of Department of Education and Training and Database Management of APSCO, representatives of RCSSTEAP attended the ceremony. Twenty-eight (28) master candidates who will graduate in June, 2018 and thirty-six (36) master candidates who completed their course and entered into thesis writing period attended the ceremony. The ceremony was hosted by Mr. Weng Jingnong, Executive Director of the Centre and Dean of International School, Beihang University.
Prof. He Linshu, senior experts of the Centre and Mr. Mohammad Ebrahimi, Director General of Department of Education and Training and Database Management of APSCO, issued the certificates to the graduates. Mr. Li Yue, Deputy Director of Department of Military-Civil Technology Integration, MIIT, issued the certificates to “Excellent Graduate”. Ms. Wu Xiaomei, Secretary General of ASAS, and Ms. Byambasuren Erdenee, Senior Official of Department of Strategic Plan and Program Management of APSCO, issued the certificates to Course Completion participants.
At the ceremony, Mr. Weng Jingnong, Executive Director of the Centre and Dean of International School, Beihang University, Mr. Mohammad Ebrahimi, Director General of Department of Education and Training and Database Management of APSCO, Mr. Jin Tian, Associate Professor of School of Electronics and Information Engineering, Beihang University and teacher representative of the Centre, delivered speeches respectively. While congratulating on graduation, they extended best wishes to participants and hoped they could bear the good qualities, as the motto “Down to Earth while Aiming High” goes.
Mr. BELABID NASREDDINE, Algerian, Excellent Graduate of 2016 MASTA participant, and Mr. CONDORI MENDOZA MARCELO FERNANDO, Bolivian, monitor of 2017 RS&GIS field delivered speeches on behalf of 2017 graduates and 2016 MASTA students respectively. They thanked a lot to Beihang University and the Centre for offering them good learning environment and experienced teachers, which would have great impact on their future development.
MASTA/DOCSTA Program was established in 2006 at Beihang University. This program get substantial support from China Scholarship Committee, and most students of the program get full scholarship of “Chinese Government Scholarship”. Based on this program, APSCO Education and Training Centre in China and Regional Centre for Space Science and Technology Education in Asia and the Pacific (China) (affiliated to the United Nations) were set up respectively at Beihang University in 2013 and 2014. This program is a well-designed one with the support of Chinese Government, focusing on promoting peaceful use of space technology. Along with the establishment of RCSSTEAP (China), this program has become one of the famous brands of Beihang University. Until now, Beihang University has cultivated more than one thousand (1000) talents in space technology application through degree programs and short training programs. Most of the graduates are playing important roles in aerospace industry in their countries.
In 2018, the Centre plans to enroll participants in four (4) educational fields, including RS&GIS, GNSS, Micro-satellite Technology, Space Laws and Policy for MASTA Program. Currently, the enrollment has entered the final stage. The new participants will register in early September this year.