Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program blasts off at UniSA

The Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program (SHSSP) officially opened at the University of South Australia on 14 January 2019, bringing together 45 participants from 13 countries. Now in its 8th year, the prestigious program is conducted by UniSA in partnership with ISU.

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ISU and UniSA Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program - Follow Us

We are excited to announce that the International Space University will be continuing the traditional Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program blog!

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ISU Representatives Awarded World Famous Legion of Honor

France's highest decoration, the Legion of Honor, or "Legion d'Honneur", was recently awarded to two representatives of ISU for their outstanding and many years of service:

  • Alain Wagner, MSS98 and ISU Trustee
  • Walter Peeters, President Emeritus of ISU
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ISU Kalpana Chawla Scholarship awarded to SSP17 Sonal Baberwal

The Kalpana Chawla Scholarship Project at ISU announced that it has selected and funded its first exceptional Indian post-graduate student for the International Space University’s Space Studies Program at the Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) in Ireland: Ms Sonal Baberwal.

KCThe Kalpana Chawla Scholarship Project at the International Space University has been established to honor the Indian-American Astronaut Dr. Kalpana Chawla. The scholarship project is focused on developing strong technical and space leadership qualities with talented Indian women.

The scholarship and endowment is used to provide funding for Indian nationals to attend ISU’s Space Studies Program. The goal is to attract talented young Indian post-graduate students with backgrounds in science, medicine, and other space-related areas of focus, who also share Dr. Chawla’s selfless and passionate pursuit of science and excellence.

As part of an annual campaign to identify and assist in funding three exceptional Indian post-graduate students, scholarship endowment fund. According to Michael Potter, one of the scholarship founders:

“This is a historic moment to achieve an international impact with a few select, but very talented Indian post-graduate students. India will continue to play on the international stage, as it moves forward leading the development of space technologies and activities.”

The Dr. KC Scholarship project announces its first funded scholar, Sonal Baberwal. After finalizing the Mount Carmel High School, Sonal pursued towards an engineering degree in Electronics and Telecommunication from the Sipna College of Engineering and Technology, Amravati, Maharashtra, India under Sant Gadge Baba Amravati University.

Sonal has a broad interest in robotics, Pluto, space debris and environmental aspects, just to name a few, but also in the field of Space and Art, in which context she got in contact with NASA astronaut Nicole Stott and Leena Bokil. She has made several presentations on space related topics in India and it is worth noting that she won several chess tournaments.

Since its founding in 1987, ISU has graduated more than 4200 students from over 100 countries. Together with hundreds of ISU faculty and lecturers from around the world, ISU alumni comprise an extremely effective network of space professionals and leaders that actively facilitates individual career growth, professional activities and international space cooperation.

This scholarship is a commitment to creating the building blocks that are necessary for India to maintain its leadership in the global space community and marketplace.

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