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Saudi Space Commission aims to establish “AJYAL Space” program to support the development of Human Capital

Monday February 17, 2020

"AJYAL Space program, launched by the Saudi Space Commission, will contribute towards establishing a national base of human capital in the Space Sector”, said Abdul Aziz Al Al-Sheikh, CEO of the Saudi Space Commission.

“This program”, he said, “encourages interest in scientific research and innovation in STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics).

Al-Sheikh added that the program strives to cooperate with academia specialized in these fields to achieve greater progress in research related to Space Science and its applications.

The program also aims to create a prosperous educational environment in the Kingdom by establishing a stimulating environment that enables the Space Sector to be a platform for launching economic and scientific growth in cooperation with society.

“We derive our inspiration from the experience of Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz who was passionate and determined to be the first Arab to reach space” said Al-Sheikh.

He added that the scientific team that supported the prince’s journey to space included a group of scientists as well as the most skilled technicians, designers and creative thinkers who contributed to achieving this dream.

The CEO said that the success of the trip was a result of the efforts of the entire team. “The Saudi Space Commission seeks to form a similar dream-team that contributes to achieving our ambitious vision for the future of the Space Sector in the Kingdom,” he added.

The director of AJYAL Space Program (under the supervision of Saudi Space Commission), Elham Al-Harbi explained that the program has a comprehensive set of strategic goals that aim to inspire future generations to become leaders in the field of Space Science.

She said that the program also aims to support and develop future generations of Saudi Space scientists, turning their dreams into reality and empowering them to become pioneers in Space Technology innovation and development by providing an inspiring learning environment.  And in turn they will lead the Space Sector to serve Saudi Arabia and humanity.