On the morning of December 28, 2021, Beihang University and Asia Pacific Space Cooperation Organization (APSCO) held a seminar on education and training. Yu Qi, Secretary General of APSCO, Ferhat Fikri Ozeren, Deputy Secretary General of APSCO, Mohammad Ebrahimi Seyedabad, Minister of Education and Training of APSCO, Wu Shuhui, Deputy Director of the International Department of China National Space Administration (CNSA), Huang Haijun, Vice President of Beihang University, and heads from the Training Department of the Graduate School and the International Division attended the seminar. The event was hosted by Weng Jingnong, Director of APSCO Education and Training China Center and Dean of the International School of Beihang University.
In his speech, Huang Haijun extended a warm welcome to Secretary General Yu Qi and her delegation. Huang noted that Beihang University has been in cooperation with APSCO for more than a decade, and has cultivated around 300 postgraduate students and doctoral students in the field of space science and technology education for member countries of the organization. To cope with the Covid-19 pandemic, Beihang has actively explored the mode of online education, and has carried out online teaching and research since 2020, so as to ensure the training quality of postgraduate students from APSCO member countries. On October 14, 2021, the APSCO Student Small Satellite-1 (APSCO-SSS-1) led by Beihang University was successfully launched in Taiyuan, which has promoted the research and development ability of students from member countries.
Yu Qi congratulated Beihang University on its successful launch of APSCO-SSS-1. She noted that as the first major international project of APSCO, APSCO-SSS-1 has further promoted the exchanges and cooperation among member countries in the field of space technology and applications.
Weng Jingnong reported on the overall education and training of APSCO students, and introduced the measures taken by the International School of Beihang University in teaching and daily management of students during the pandemic. Despite many challenges, Beihang University has always placed students’ needs as the top priority and guaranteed they have a good experience for both online and on-site study.
The representatives of APSCO and CNSA gave full recognition and gratitude to Beihang for its efforts and contributions in international student training, and expressed their willingness to actively cooperate with Beihang University to overcome the impact of the epidemic.
Since the establishment of APSCO in 2008, Beihang University and APSCO have enhanced their cooperation in the field of international talent training. Approved by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the People’s Republic of China, Beihang University has undertaken the work of APSCO Education and Training China Center since 2013. By 2021, Beihang has cultivated 230 postgraduate students and 64 doctoral students for APSCO member countries.
Reported by Guo Yuanyuan
Reviewed by Weng Jingnong
Edited by Jia Aiping
Translated by Wen Peiyu