GGPEN Specialists to Begin Second-half of Scholarship Programme

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Specialists from the Angola Management Office of the National Space Program (GGPEN) who are participating in master’s programmes at major engineering institutions in France, namely Instituto Superior de Aeronáutica e Espaço (ISAE SUPAERO) and Escola National Civil Aviation Institute (ENAC), are set to start their internship programmes in various space companies in France, the second part of their scholarship programme, following the completion of the theoretical classes, laboratory practices and educational visits.

The appropriate internships are being carried out at Bricks – Aerospace Valley, a cluster of aerospace engineering companies and research centres that play an important role in boosting the French and international space ecosystem, and INRAE, a national research institute working for the coherent and sustainable development for Agriculture, Food and Environment in France for a total of four to six months.

The internship aims to encourage the Angolan specialists to apply the knowledge they have acquired during the first part of the training, gain professional experience with the main actors of the French space industry and the world, and prepare for their final dissertation.

In the past 5 years, GGPEN has facilitated the training of about 67 specialists in Engineering and Space Technology, thus fulfilling one of the five pillars of the National Space Program, which aims to train staff to make the Angolan space industry competitive.

About the programme

This master’s degree results from a partnership between the Angolan State, through the Ministry of Telecommunications, Information Technologies and Social Communication (MINTTICS), and the partners involved in constructing the Angosat-2 satellite, namely, Energia and Airbus Defense and Space.

Investing in the training of staff is one of the pillars of the Angolan National Space Programme. Only qualified professionals at the local level enjoy this benefit. Furthermore, they are engaged in developing applications related to improving the living conditions of all Angolans. Examples of projects developed by GGPEN engineers are applications that increased agricultural production and combat drought in the southern part of Angola.

GGPEN has 68 collaborators, of which five are doctors and 22 are master’s degree holders. Furthermore, seven of the master’s degree holders graduated from ISAE-SUPAERO. In addition, 32 are graduates from national and international universities.

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