In purpose of train MASTA and DOCSTA students for enhancing knowledge of Astronautic Culture and to promote abilities and interesting of Aerospace and in case of the 2nd ¡°China Space Day¡±, APSCO and Beihang University jointly organize a ¡°China Astronautic Tour for MASTA and DOCSTA Students¡±. The tour is supported and sponsored by Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of China and contains a series of activities.
MASTA 2016 & DOCSTA 2016 students visited APSCO Headquarters is one of the activities of the tour. The delegation visited APSCO on March 23, 2017. The delegate included 20 students from APSCO Member States sponsored by APSCO MASTA 2016 & DOCSTA 2016 program, and 22 students sponsored by Regional Center for Space Science and Technology Education in Asia and the Pacific(China) (Affiliated to the United Nations) in particular from Algeria, Bolivia, Brazil, Croatia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Nigeria, Ukraine and Venezuela.
Dr. Li Xinjun, Secretary-General of the APSCO, warmly welcomed the students and urged them to use the opportunities provided to them by cooperation activities already underway between APSCO and Beihang University. MASTA is a regular Master program of APSCO, which is implemented by Beihang University of China under joint scholarship scheme by APSCO, Beihang University and Government of China. It has been started since 2010. The DOCSTA is a Ph.D. program started from 2013 under same scheme. The areas of specialization for this year MASTA program are 1) Space Remote Sensing and Geo-Information System (RS&GIS), 2) Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS), and 3) Space Law and Policy and DOCSTA program concentrates on Space Technology and Applications.
The activity was hosted by Dr. Egemen Ozalp, Deputy Secretary General of APSCO. During the visit, three presentations covering the Role and Future of APSCO, APSCO projects and APSCO Education and Training activities were made by Mr. Nasir Mahmood, Director General of Department of External Relations and Legal Affairs, Dr. Manop Aorpimai, Director General of Department of Strategic Planning and Program Management and Dr. Mohammad Ebrahimi Seyedabadi, Director General of Education Training and Database Management Department of APSCO respectively. An orientation tour was organized to APSCO ¡°Exhibition HALL¡± and other facilities. It was a valuable visit for MASTA and DOCSTA students as they got more knowledge and information about APSCO, meanwhile the students also expressed their enthusiasm on current and future activities of APSCO and provided their feedback on their programs of study.