The Master Course in Space Systems and Services offered by the University of Rome “La Sapienza” is a unique course of its kind in Italy. This course fills a gap in the Italian education system where little opportunities are available for students willing to learn about space systems engineering as an academic discipline and professional practice. The course gives students a holistic vision of satellite systems and the space industry which is unprecedented in the Italian education system, and it provides students opportunities to get in touch with professionals and lecturers coming from first-class institutions worldwide. I had the pleasure to teach a short course in Space Systems Architecture in the 2012 and 2013 editions of the Master course, and in both cases I found brilliant, inquisitive students, very eager to learn and to make a quality step in their careers. An opportunity for a research collaboration also arouse from one of these visits. The Master Course in Space Systems could serve as an effective role model for the Italian education system to create similar full degrees at graduate and undergraduate levels in Aeronautics and Space Systems Engineering, which to my knowledge are lacking at the moment. I strongly recommend this course to anyone interested in pursuing a professional career in the space industry as a systems engineer, and to domain-savvy engineers looking to gain a broader view of the industry besides their specific application domain.
Assistant Professor Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology