Hong Kong, Macao start to select Space experts

HONG KONG: The Hong Kong and Macao special administrative regions began the application process for payload experts for national space programs this week. Officials and experts are calling on local talents to seize the chance to propel the regions’ science and technology development to a higher level.
Enrollment in the Macao SAR began at noon on Monday and will continue through Oct 17. The selection process, which will have three stages, is expected to last a year and a half. Those who pass the selection short list will undergo two and half years of training at the China Astronaut Research and Training Center. They will have an opportunity to engage in scientific research and conduct experiments in China’s orbiting space station, according to the Macao government. The application form has 15 pages. Applicants must be permanent residents of the Macao SAR, have Chinese nationality, be from 30 to 45 years old and have a doctoral degree. They are required to have been engaged for at least three years in research in the fields of medicine, biology, psychology, physics, chemistry, mechanical or electrical engineering, astronomy or other disciplines. They must be proficient in written Chinese and English and fluent in spoken Chinese.
The applicants should also provide their medical history, basic information on family members and an essay of no more than 500 words dealing with their personal career achievements.
This unprecedented recruitment could inspire Macao’s research and education in aerospace-related disciplines and lay a solid foundation for nurturing the next generation of scientists, Joseph Lee Hun-wei, president of Macao University of Science and Technology.
–The Daily Mail-China Daily news exchange item