The programme will take place at GSSTI. Hands-on training in radio astronomy will take place at the Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy Observatory (HartRAO) in South Africa or at Ghana Space Science & Technology Centre (GSSTI) in Ghana. The training will be provided by experts in radio astronomy from the UK, EU and South Africa. The programme is funded by the UK’s Newton Fund together with matching efforts from South Africa. Additional training in the industrial opportunities afforded by knowledge of radio astronomy techniques will be provided by experienced entrepreneurs from the satellite communications business. The basic training programme will consist:
- 8 weeks of lectures, workshops and hands-on sessions spread out over a year
- students who require additional English language study will be given the opportunity to attend a course prior to the start of the programme
- on completion trainees will receive a certificate of completion and can request a reference letter from their trainers
- trainees will then be in a position to apply for advanced training places in radio astronomy at Masters or PhD level, a few of which are also funded by DARA, or use their new skills to aid the development of related high tech industries in the host country.