Academic Council and Board of Trustees give ISU’s future direction

The ISU Board of Trustees convened the 60th meeting of its history on 27 and 28 February 2019 at Central Campus in Strasbourg, gathering some twenty leaders from across the space enterprise in academia, government agencies and industry.

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The Emirates fly to Space with ISU: lift-off from Adelaide, Australia

The four graduating students from the United Arab Emirates were proud to see the Director General of the UAE's Space Agency, Dr. Al Ahbabi speaking at the Closing Ceremony on 15 February at the University of South Australia (UniSA) in Adelaide.

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The Breakthrough Foundation’s Starshot Project Revealed To SHSSP19

The final event in the public lecture series of ISU’s and UniSA’s Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program SHSSP19 was delivered by Brigadier General Sir Pete Worden (USAF Ret.) of the Breakthrough Foundation. His marquee project, Starshot, was revealed to an excited audience.

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And - Allow 60 students from emerging countries to attend SH-SSP,
Allow 50 students from emerging countries to attend SSP,
Allow 40 students from emerging countries to attend MSS..

At the creation of ISU, the first ISU Chancellor, Arthur C. Clarke, made the following statement:

"The first universities helped to bring mankind out of the Dark Ages and into the Renaissance. They demonstrated a potential to unshackle the minds and spirits of the people of their time. In our day, there are few institutions which satisfy any higher individual aspirations or greater interests of humanity. The International Space University may well become an essential cornerstone in leading humanity ahead in space and on Earth in the century to come." 

In line with this, ISU has been striving to reach out to participants in its courses from everywhere on Earth. Whereas many countries now have ISU alumni (estimated at 105 countries to date) the geographical distribution is far from equal over the different geographical zones, as can be seen from the present distribution below.

The reason for this is rather straightforward. At this point in time ISU receives between 500-600 show of interest for each of its core programs (MSS, SSP and SH-SSP). However, actual recruitment is still driven to a large extent by the availability of sponsored scholarships or sponsoring organizations. As we can see this is not the case, in particular, for Africa and South-America where only very sporadically ISU is able to find an agreement with a candidate.

Without these sponsoring entities, ISU can only offer such candidates scholarships using its own limited resources.

This is the rationale behind our annual call for the Scholarship fund, to allow promising participants to benefit also from the ISU education and start a career in the increasingly global space sector. Just to put this in perspective: if each of the nearly 4500 ISU alumni would donate 100 euro, this would:

  • Allow 60 students from emerging countries to attend SH-SSP, or
  • Allow 50 students from emerging countries to attend SSP, or
  • Allow 40 students from emerging countries to attend MSS, or
  • Evidently a combination of these 3, which would be the ultimate goal to have in each program a larger geographical diversity.

In addition to this, it will also help you, alumni, as in many countries it will be possible to deduct such donation from your taxes!

So make a donation before the end of the year via, we guarantee that all donations will be used to support scholarships!




"My life can be clearly divided between before and after ISU. ISU was a breaking point that created a world of possibilities in front of me."

Carmen Felix - MSS10 -

"Attending ISU has been, for me, the ultimate eye-opening experience. Attending the Master of Space Studies allowed me to pursue my personal interests with a limit determined only by my imagination."

Diego Urbina - MSS09 -

"My space flight was the changing point in my whole life. Since my background was mechanical engineering, I did not know much about space, which led me to the International Space University."

Soyeon Yi - SSP09 -

"ISU is broadening the global space community and connecting New Space countries to old and mighty ones."

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