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 the 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 Secretariat and BUAA 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 Secretariat signed the three-year Cooperation Agreement with the International School of BUAA in 2010 for funding 15 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 BUAA for international students only.
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 BUAA.
In order to support applicants from APSCO Member States, the APSCO Secretariat and BUAA recruited MASTA students from APSCO Member States jointly. BUAA provides totally 15 Chinese Government Full Scholarships for the applicants recommended by the APSCO Secretariat.