The African Regional Centre for Space Science and Technology Education in English (ARCSSTE-E) was inaugurated in Nigeria on 24th November, 1998 and affiliated to the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs (OOSA). A number of other national and regional institutions with research and training interests in space science and technology are also affiliated to it.

Following resolution 45/72 of 1990 and 50/27 of 1995, the United Nations General Assembly endorsed the recommendation of UNISPACE 82, that the United Nations Programme on Space Applications should assist member states in enhancing their indigenous capacity in the utilization of SST for national/regional development. The UN office of Outer Space Affairs (UN-OOSA) was mandated to establish Centres for Space Science and Technology Education in developing countries on a regional basis. Nigeria and Morocco were chosen to host the Centres for Space Science and Technology Education for the benefit of Anglophone and Francophone Afreican countries respectively.

The host institution for the Centre in Nigeria is Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. For the effective take-off of the activities of the Centre, Prof. Wale Omole, the then Vice-Chancellor of Obafemi Awolowo University nominated Prof. E. E. Balogun of the Department of Physics to work with other members of the Technical Advisory Committee to put things in place.

To fulfill the hosting guidelines, the ground floor of the new Faculty of Science extension was approved temporarily for the centre. The building was furnished by National Agency for Science Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI).

The signing of the draft agreement for the centre in Nigeria was done on the 22nd of November, 1998 in Sheraton Hotel, Lagos, after which, the commissioning of the Centre's facilities was done on the 24th of November, 1998. Prof. E. E. Balogun was the pioneer Director and the chief executive of the centre.

After considering the fact that the University was expected to offer a suitable permanent site for the Centre, an area off the Road 1 within Science and Technology Park was approved for development. Co-located in the same area are Regional Centre for Training in Aerospace Surveys (RECTAS), Centre for Energy Research and Development (CERD) and National Centre for Technology Management (NACETEM).

The centre is being supervised by National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA).

  1. The development of skills and knowledge of university educators, environmental research scientists in the four principal areas of Remote Sensing, Satellite Meteorology Applications, Satellite Communication and Basic Space and Atmospheric Science and Technology.
  2. Engage Educators in the development of environmental and atmospheric sciences curricula that can be used to advance the knowledge of the scholars.
  3. Develop Research scientists and project personnel in preparing the space-derived information for presentation to the policy and decision makers in charge of national and regional development programs.
  4. Co-ordinate Regional and International cooperation in space science and technology programs.
  1. Contribute to sustainable development of natural resources (air/water/land);
  2. Provide an input for the conservation of all earth resources and natural environment through increased capacity building for educators, research and application scientists in environmental information systems with emphasis on Remote Sensing, Satellite Meteorology and other spin-off technologies at the local level; and
  3. Develop skills for satellite communication, including those associated with rural development and health services, long distance education, disaster mitigation, navigation and regional net-working/linkages with industries.
As an agency established with the mandate of the UN General Assembly, under the auspices of the Office for Outer Space Affairs (OOSA), the Center has entered into a cooperative agreement with the UN, with which it is an affiliate. By this, the UN will cooperate with the Center by providing expert advice, educational curricular, technological support, necessary documentation and other appropriate support.
The Philosophy of the Master’s degree programme in Space Science and Technology is to train highly skilled manpower in important application areas including:

  • Satellite Communication
  • Basic Space Physics
  • Satellite Meteorology
  • Remote Sensing and GIS

For Anglophone African countries in particular. The programme aims to build skills and capacities through sharing of knowledge, training and scientific research in areas of application of Space Science and Technology in the participating countries.

NOTE: Please read the Admission Requirements and instructions on the Download Form Page carefully before applying.

  • Provide theoretical and practical training in Space Science and Technology applications;
  • Provide through the best possible education, scientific research and application experience, high caliber professionals and scientific experts needed in the critical areas of Space Science and Technology applications for the Anglophone African countries;
  • Develop the skills and knowledge of the graduates to be able to act as trainers, educators, and Space Science and Technology scientists and enthusiasts in their respective countries;
  • Offer opportunity to graduates of the Postgraduate Diploma of ARCSSTE-E to further gain skills to develop and expand their knowledge and scientific research capability; and
  • Maximize the opportunity of networking FUTA with relevant academic research communities and centres in African countries for research and training in Space Science and Technology applications.