Bahrain Polytechnic has signed a memorandum of understanding with the National Space Science Agency to develop qualified national human resources to work in the space sciences and technology sector, to serve the sector’s growth and development in Bahrain, within the framework of strengthening educational and scientific cooperation links with various government and private agencies in the Kingdom.

The memorandum was signed by the National Space Science Agency CEO, Dr. Mohamed Al-Aseeri, and by the Bahrain Polytechnic CEO, Dr. Jeff Zabudsky, in the presence of a number of officials from both sides.

According to the memorandum, the National Space Science Agency and Bahrain Polytechnic will coordinate between each other in order to initiate awareness, educational, research and training programs in a number of scientific disciplines related to space science and technologies, enabling graduates to meet the needs of the growing space sector in the Kingdom, and enhance the position of the Kingdom of Bahrain in the field of space sciences regionally and internationally.

Zabudsky stressed the importance of strategic partnerships and their role in supporting and developing scientific research, and opening new and broad horizons for students by providing training opportunities in the hands of experts and specialists from the partners.

Dr. Zabudsky explained “The Polytechnic possesses the capabilities and cadres to achieve the common goals of the two parties, which contributes to supporting development in space science, in addition to supporting creativity and encouraging innovation and scientific research, and making a positive and active contribution to research issues related to the space technology sector, and exchanging expertise and experiences with the National Space Science Agency and the achievement of scientific integration for both parties.

Al-Aseeri stressed that signing of the memorandum confirms the joint commitment between academic institutions and specialized bodies to meet the requirements of the next stage in the fields of science and technology.

He pointed out that “the rapid growth in the space sector, with its wide science and applications, requires us to support the educational, academic and research sectors with the expertise gained by the Agency’s work team, and to involve the academic staff in ambitious development projects and initiatives in this field. Noting that space agencies and institutions were established to be a reliable nucleus of knowledge. In drawing the features of the future of the various sciences, and the evidence for this is abundant.”

Al-Aseeri praised the role of the Polytechnic in providing the labor market with qualified graduates from various disciplines to fill vacancies in all sectors, saying: “We consider the Polytechnic an educational edifice that incubates technology and scientific research, and a catalyst for innovation. Awareness, specialized and technical training for students and graduates.

He stressed: “The Agency, with the follow-up of its board of directors, and under the directives of the Minister of Transportation and Telecommunications, the minister concerned with the control and supervision of its work, has been providing scientific and technical advice to the college, in relation to projects related to space and advanced technologies, which contributes not only to the growth of the space sector. In the Kingdom, it also contributes to building a sustainable economy based on innovation, creativity and excellence, which would make us effective contributors to supporting the government’s work program and achieving Bahrain’s Economic Vision 2030.”