An organization's best employees are those who constantly seek to learn new skills and continue their professional and personal development throughout their careers. The International Space University (ISU) can provide a creative incentive that organizations can offer to attract and retain their best and brightest people -- a unique, attractive opportunity to prepare for the challenge and complexity of aerospace and related high technology fields.
The International Space University develops the future leaders of the world space community by providing interdisciplinary educational programs to students and space professionals in an international, intercultural environment through its 2-month Space Studies Program (SSP) and its 12-month Masters programs.
Participation in an ISU program would represent a major benefit or reward for a talented young professional, while enhancing the effectiveness of the organization itself, because of the wide applicability of ISU's focus on team-building, interdisciplinary and international themes within our highly technological world.
ISU students are trained in diverse disciplines and interact using their personal skills and background. The curriculum covers topics of broad relevance in the current global environment, both technical and non-technical, ranging from engineering, physical sciences, and satellite applications to life sciences, policy, law, management and the humanities.
Complementing the lectures are in-depth workshops in robotics, telecommunications, medicine, astrophysics, and other themes. Professional visits to relevant companies, government facilities, and other organizations round out the ISU experience and enhance the personal contacts developed during enrollment.
ISU's Space Studies Program travels to a new location each year: Beijing, China in 2007, Barcelona, Spain in 2008, the San Francisco Bay area of California (NASA ARC, Moffett Field) in 2009, Strasbourg, France in 2010, Graz, Austria in 2011, Melbourne, Florida in 2012, Strasbourg, France in 2013, Montreal, Canada in 2014, Athens, USA in 2015 and Haifa, Israel in 2016. Its 30th annual SSP session will be hosted in 2017 the Cork Institute of Technology in Cork, Ireland. A typical class involves about 100-120 students from 25-30 different countries.
ISU's Masters degrees (Masters in Space Studies) typically consist of a 9-month residency program at ISU's central campus in Strasbourg, France, followed by a 3-month internship at one of innumerable space-related organizations, facilitated by the global ISU's Network.
The ISU experience provides substantive interdisciplinary knowledge and an intercultural skill set for working with people around the world. ISU's extensive network is increasingly valuable in implementing international space ventures; since its creation in the U.S. in 1987 with Sir Arthur C. Clarke as the Founding Chancellor, ISU has graduated over 4000 students from more than 100 countries.
For more information on these programs, and one week courses geared for professionals at all stages of one's career, visit ISU's website, or contact ISU here.