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Date added: 2020-11-30

International field of study on space technologies

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Gdańsk University of Technology and Hochschule Bremen (HSB) will jointly educate high-class specialists in the field of space technologies. The project called SpaceBriGade assumes the creation of an international full-time study program with a general academic profile of the 2nd cycle studies. 15 Polish and 15 German students will study together, alternately at both universities.  

The new studies will be based on the second-cycle studies conducted by both universities, i.e. ‘Aerospace Technologies’, ‘Computer Science’ and ‘Electrical and Electronics Engineering’ at the Hochschule Bremen and ‘Space and Satellite Technologies’ conducted by the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and the Faculty of ETI of Gdańsk University of Technology together with the Maritime University of Gdynia, the Naval Academy in Gdynia and the University of Gdańsk.

The space sector around the world is developing very dynamically and there is a growing demand for specialists who have broad multidisciplinary competences and skills. Also in Poland, there has been an increase in the number of entities from the space sector that see the benefits of launching a major that educates in broadly understood space technologies, including space systems management.

Thanks to the SpaceBriGade project, 15 students who will start their studies in the interuniversity second-cycle program ‘Space and Satellite Technologies' in the next winter semester and will take part in the admission procedure will also be able to study at the University of Bremen. The studies will be conducted in English, and each student will receive a special scholarship to finance the costs of stay and travel to Germany.

– The exchange will take place already during the first semester of studies - explains PhD, Eng. Marek Chodnicki, project manager – Language, adaptation and intercultural training will be organized so that students are well prepared for learning. In addition, the project also provides for training for the staff involved in conducting the classes. They will touch upon new methods and techniques of education, including distance learning.

Students will go to the Hochschule Bremen, a university where about 8 500 people study, with a choice of almost 60 fields of study. HSB is one of the largest universities of its kind in Germany. The university offers curricula educating engineers and masters in fields related to exact sciences, engineering, as well as business and social sciences. Bremen is called the German space city, mainly thanks to a large number of companies from the space sector, including: Airbus Defense & Space, OHB, Dsi, ZARM, ESA BIC, HESPACE Institutes, or DRL, i.e. the German Space Agency. The coordinator of the project on the German side is prof. Jasminka Matevska.

HSB and GUT maintain long-term cooperation in many fields of mechanical engineering and power engineering (with the support of DAAD funds under the partnership program with universities from Eastern Europe), in the form of bilateral exchange programs for students and academic staff, jointly implemented projects and research in the above-mentioned areas.

– The wide study program will allow to provide students with theoretically founded, structured and expanded knowledge of both basic issues and specialist issues covering selected topics important from the point of view of space technologies, e.g. in the field of satellite communication, orbital mechanics, space vehicle design, parallel engineering, antenna techniques, space law and cybersecurity. – adds PhD, DSc, Eng. Zbigniew Łubniewski, Coordinator of the S&ST field of studies from the ETI Faculty – Additionally, the training program will offer courses related to systems engineering and management in the space sector. We also want to organize meetings with entrepreneurs from the space sector.

The project is financed by POWER under the KATAMARAN program announced by the National Agency for Academic Exchange (NAWA).

Recruitment for the international field of study will start in January 2021.