Saudi Arabia launches Madarik programme to cultivate space sector talent

In-person courses will take place in Riyadh and Jeddah, but registered participants in all parts of the Kingdom will be able to attend virtually.

Saudi Arabia’s Communications, Space and Technology Commission (CST) has unveiled the “Madarik” Programme, a pioneering initiative aimed at nurturing national talent, fostering a sustainable future, and harnessing global expertise to shape diverse career paths within the space sector. The programme also seeks to lay a solid foundation in space science, embarking participants on an enriching learning journey to enhance their skills in the space industry.

In collaboration with esteemed educational institutions such as the International Space University of France, Georgia Institute of Technology, Thunderbird School of Global Management, BAE Systems, and Al-Yamamah University, CST will offer a dynamic curriculum delivered across Riyadh, Jeddah, and virtually throughout Saudi Arabia.

Participants can choose from three specialised tracks: the Space Business track, which provides a comprehensive knowledge of the space economy and develops the necessary skills that ensure the success of space projects; the Space Software and Data track, which introduces the necessary sources of software and data to implement space related missions and satellites applications; and the Space Engineering track, which explores space engineering majors, and highlights design, maintenance and control of spacecraft.

The Space Business track targets fresh graduates and experienced professionals in strategy, business administration, economy, and law.

The Space Software and Data track attracts fresh graduates and professionals in computer science, data science, and cybersecurity.

The Space Engineering track focuses on fresh graduates and professionals in engineering majors.

CST extends an invitation to individuals interested in joining the “Madarik” Programme to carefully review the admission requirements. Applicants must be of Saudi nationality, possess at least a bachelor’s degree in related fields, demonstrate proficiency in English speaking and writing, and satisfy all registration prerequisites.

The program is scheduled to run from May 5 to August 15, 2024, and applicants must commit to attending sessions on the specified dates.