HRH Princess Sumaya inaugurated the headquarters of the UN-affiliated Regional Centre for Space Science and Technology Education for West Asia in Jordan on August 21, 2019.
The centre is the first of its kind in Jordan and fifth in the world, as reported by local daily Jordan Times.
The opening of this centre is an indicator of Jordan’s international stature in the field of astronomy.
During the inauguration, Director of the Royal Jordanian Geographic Centre Brig. Gen. Awni Khasawneh stated that the centre will introduce several academic programmes on space science and its application, space weather and space communication among others.
Courses will be taught in Arabic, Khasawneh said, noting that the centre is accredited in Arab countries.
Commenting on the opening, Humaid Nuaimy, President of the Arab Union of Astronomy highlighted the importance of the centre on the regional and international levels, stressing the need for cooperation between Arab countries to ensure its success.