As part of the National Space Science Authority’s (NSSA) endeavours to attain its strategic objective of empowering its young national cadres to lead within the science sector in the future, two employees, Shaima Shawky Al-Meer and Aisha Ali Al-Hajri, completed a training course in Advanced Space Information at the University of Twente in the Netherlands. The course specialises in measuring the quality of data, space images and models for processing by using relevant state-of-the-art technology. The training programme lasted for three months of the current year.
Professionally, both employees benefited from the programme by gaining knowledge of space information concepts, measuring their quality and utilization in the performance of basic analytical processes, producing information and drawing various types of maps.
Additionally, digital images were processed by applying remote-sensing technology, map-designing workflows and geological treatment models. This will enable the NSSA to keep abreast of the most important scientific and technological advances related to space information, one of the current pioneering sciences, and to utilise such advances for the service of this promising sector in the Kingdom.
Shaimaa Al-Meer won the top rank in this training programme within a group of specialised trainees from different parts of the world.
Commenting on this achievement, Al-Meer said, “I thank God for this success, and sincerely thank the NSSA, represented by His Excellency Dr Mohamed Ebrahim Al-Aseeri, the chief executive officer. The NSSA did everything to provide all means of professional and moral support in order to achieve the best results. Such support was reflected by our determination to achieve top positions among the participants from other countries. Our prime ambition is to honour the Kingdom of Bahrain and raise its name high to be at the forefront in various fields.”
His Excellency Dr Mohamed Al-Aseeri stated on this occasion and said, “We very much appreciate the efforts made by these two candidates to represent the Kingdom of Bahrain in this programme, and to honour the Kingdom by obtaining the first position. This achievement is also the result of the NSSA’s confidence in the ability of its young Bahraini cadres, its setting of priorities for long-term investment and its sponsoring of capable young cadres in the best specialised training centres of various space sciences.
Opportunities are also available for our national cadres to distinguish themselves in practical sciences for the ultimate objective of “Bahrainization” of future scientific projects, such as measuring geographic information, manufacturing satellites, and the control of earth stations. This is to focus efforts gradually onto the strategic objectives of the Kingdom of Bahrain, enabling such national competencies to lead this field. The NSSA is confident in the ability of Bahrainis to participate in future global competitions.”