The 2nd Expert Group Meeting (EGM) of APSCO Space Education Curricula Development Project was jointly held by APSCO and RCSSTEAP from November 7th to 9th, 2017 at the Beihang University International Centre for Innovation in Western China (Chengdu). The meeting aimed at discussing the current status of Space Education in the Member States, their demand and requirements.
Twenty-four (24) distinguished delegates, professors and experts from universities of the Member States nominated by their respective countries and officials from APSCO Secretariat attended the meeting. All the Member States, namely Bangladesh, China, Iran, Pakistan, Peru, Thailand and Turkey, actively participated in the meeting. RCSSTEAP prepared the meeting materials including the current education curricula of the postgraduate program on space technology applications at Beihang University and the education curricula recommended by UNOOSA, etc.
The opening session was hosted by Dr. Mohammad Ebrahimi Seyedabadi, Director General of Department of Education, Training and Database Management of APSCO and Prof. Weng Jingnong, Deputy Director of RCSSTEAP and Dean of International School, Beihang University.
The meeting was chaired by Prof. Qamar Ul Islam from Pakistan, who was unanimously selected by the participants. Dr. Ebrahimi, DG of DET&DM of APSCO made a presentation on APSCO education and training activities, space curricula program background and expected outcomes of the meeting.
Experts of RCSSTEAP Prof. Tan Yumin, Prof. Jin Tian, Prof. Sun Liang, Prof. Gao Guozhu and Ms. Guo Yuanyuan made presentations on the current education curricula on Space Technology Applications offered by Beihang University. Mr. Gao Yu, Project Officer of Office of International College, Northwestern Polytechnical University, made a presentation on the existing agreements between APSCO and the university, and provided courses, research fields of space related majors in different schools. Then, Prof. Tang Sai from School of International Business and Economics, Harbin Institution of Technology, presented on the basic information, collaboration with aerospace industry, international cooperation, and curriculum designs on aerospace related courses of the university. Delegates from the Member States made a presentation each on the current status of space education in MS and the demands and requirements by them for curricula development. Prof. Weng Jingnong, Deputy Director of RCSSTEAP, introduced BeiDou Belt & Road School that newly established at Beihang University, and proposed to build up APSCO University Alliance to strengthen cohesion among the Member States. Member States made agreement on “Minutes of Meeting” and proposed establishing APSCO University Alliance for future exchange and cooperation among the Member States.
At the end of the meeting, Dr. Mohammad Ebrahimi Seyedabadi, Director General of Department of Education, Training and Database Management of APSCO thanked the chairman of the meeting and all experts from the Member States for their active participation, efforts and dedication to the meeting. Chairman of the Meeting gave his concluding remarks and thanked all for their positive contributions. He announced that all participants from the Member States agreed on the Minutes of Meeting (MoM), and the meeting was successfully concluded.
Experts of the Member States expressed their appreciation to RCSSTEAP/the Beihang University International Centre for Innovation in Western China/APSCO Education and Training Center in China for co-organizing the meeting. All the participants expressed their pleasure for sharing information, knowledge and experiences for developing collaboration among the Member States.