UN space science center set up in Beijing

Updated: 2014-11-18 19:13

By Zhao Lei(chinadaily.com.cn)

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The United Nations Center for Space Science and Technology Education in Asia and the Pacific (China) was established in Beihang University in Beijing on Monday.

The center will integrate educational resources in space science and technology, enhance the teaching of space knowledge in Asia and the Pacific and help broaden international cooperation, Xu Dazhe, director of the China National Space Administration and chairman of the center's council, said during a ceremony to mark the establishment.

Huai Jinpeng, president of Beihang University, which is one of China's top aerospace institutes, said the university will strive to build the center into a world-class education and research platform for space science and technology.

The center, which was initiated by the UN General Assembly and administered by the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs, aims to boost developing countries' scientific and technological capabilities through space applications programs, the university said in a statement.