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Space-related postgraduate courses will be available at 16 universities

In the autumn of 2022, 16 universities will offer a postgraduate course in space thanks to the UniSpace consortium.

Péter Sztáray, Minister of State for Security Policy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said that the government adopted the first Hungarian space strategy in 2021, a significant element of which is to support the work of researchers, MTI reported.

Organizing universities into consortia is a way of making them aware of each other’s activities and of pooling the activities of various workshops for a common goal, he said.

Gergely Deli, rector of the National University of Public Service (NKE), said that 16 universities have signed the agreement, under which they intend to launch further education courses in Hungarian and English in autumn 2022. The training will focus on four scientific fields: living and non-living natural sciences, engineering and information technology, and social sciences.

The University of Debrecen will be responsible for the living sciences, Eötvös Loránd University for the non-living sciences, Budapest University of Technology and Economics for the engineering and IT, and NKE for the social sciences and for the coordination of the consortium, he said. 

József Bódis, State Secretary of the Ministry of Innovation and Technology, praised the work of Orsolya Ferencz, Ministerial Commissioner for Space Research, in developing the UniSpace consortium agreement.

Ferencz said that UniSpace is a unique higher education product. The three-semester specialized advanced training is scheduled to start in September 2022, with a bachelor’s degree required to apply.

Students who complete the postgraduate qualification will receive a certificate of competence in specific disciplines in the space sector.

She stressed that there is already interest from abroad in being a program partner, which is why it is important to launch the training in English as well.

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