International Partnership Programme – Scholarships for Studying Space Science

A group of students from across the African continent have recently graduated from the University of Strathclyde after studying for an MSc in Satellite Applications with Data Science. The course itself is running for the first time after being developed by the University of Strathclyde with support from the UK Space Agency.

Seven students from five separate African countries were beneficiaries of a scholarship made available through the UK Space Agency’s International Partnership Programme (IPP). Before the pandemic they travelled to Glasgow to undertake this new post-graduate course and have all
recently graduated this autumn.

The project titles of the students’ thesis include:

  • ‘Characterizing Wave Variability using Satellite Altimetry to improve access and decision-
  • making for Marine Renewable Energy’
  • ‘Comparative Analysis of Machine Learning Algorithms for Rainfall Forecasting in Aberdeen
  • using Satellite and Ground Station Data’
  • ‘Enabling precision agriculture by analysing remote sensing data from satellites and
  • supporting ground borne IOT sensors’
  • ‘Solar Electric Propulsive Video Imaging Satellite (SEPVIS)
  • ‘An Evaluation of Link Performance Based on Rainfall Attenuation for a LEO Communication
  • Satellite Constellation Over Africa’
  • ‘Evaluation of Scottish wetlands with satellite data to identify sustainable locations for future
  • artificial salt marsh farms’
  • ‘Building an effective automated emergency service for the Volta region in Ghana’

IPP is working to bridge the space and sustainable development communities. We are proud to support the next generation of space scientists from across the African continent to use satellites to respond to challenges on the ground.