Ries Crater Making a Huge Impact on ISU MSS18 Participants

Rene Horacio Michel Valencia, an ISU Master of Space Studies MSS18 participant reports on the last field trip of the year, which took place in March 2018. "Eigentlich weiß man nur, wenn man wenig weiß. Mit dem Wissen wächst der Zweifel." Goethe

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International Space University Selects New President

The International Space University’s (ISU) Chairman of the Board, Christian Sallaberger announces that Juan de Dalmau has been selected by the Board of Trustees as the University’s next President, taking office in September 2018, and succeeding Prof Walter Peeters who has served as President since 2011.

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ISU under STEAM more than 1200 attending the Open Day

In order to further motivate, in particular, youngsters, the staff of ISU and the MSS students organized an open door day on 25 March 2018. Several activities were organized in the ISU building with as objective, to stimulate the younger generation under the STEAM motto (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics).

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Master of Space Studies

Designed for students looking for the competitive edge that will help them obtain a career in the space sector, professionals interested in making a career move into or within the space sector, and researchers wishing to broaden their knowledge or make the move from academic life into the space industry.

Space Studies Program

Two-month course for postgraduate students and professionals of all disciplines. The curriculum covers the principal space related fields, both non-technical and technical. The shared experience of an international, interactive working environment is an ideal networking forum leading to the creation of an extensive, international, multidisciplinary professional network.

Southern Hemisphere Program

Intensive five week, live-in experience built around an international, intercultural, and interdisciplinary educational philosophy for which ISU is renowned. The program provides a multidisciplinary understanding of the key activities and areas of knowledge required by today’s space professions.

Executive Space Course

Provides an overview of space-related subjects for professionals of diverse backgrounds, including marketing, finance, law & contracts management. Professionals leave with the knowledge and skills that will enable them to communicate more effectively with their technical colleagues.

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Payback Scheme - ISU Alumni: Support your Future Partners

Every year more than 500 people open applications for ISU’s three main programs, the Master of Space Studies, the Space Studies Program and now also the Southern Hemisphere-Space Studies Program.

However, although they are opened, a large number of these applications are never completed. This is because participants, mainly from emerging countries with low pay rates, discover the size of the contribution that ISU is forced to ask them as a private, non-profit university.

Even if ISU asks only for the marginal costs (e.g., the cost of housing and meals at SSP/SH-SSP), these plus the cost of flight tickets, mean that emerging space country participants are faced with paying amounts which often around two years’ salary…

It is hard for ISU to see these brilliant and motivated young space professionals abandoning their application for these reasons, and it also explains the continued discrepancy in geographical distribution (see pie chart) of our alumni.

As one potential remedy ISU introduced the payback mechanism recently:

  • We are asking alumni who can afford it to pay back half of the scholarship received
  • We propose modest payback timing and postponement in case of certain circumstances (such as further studies)
  • We guarantee that all payback from ISU loans will be dedicated to support participants from emerging countries
  • We have several mechanisms to make sure that the payback can help you to reduce your taxes. ISU can issue tax receipts directly to French (an official CERFA 11580 form) and US resident donators (a letter that serves as tax receipt).  Those alumni or donators who pay income tax in one of the 15 European countries partners of Transnational Giving Europe (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Switzerland) can donate to ISU through the local foundation in their country. They get a tax receipt from the foundation for their donation, and the foundation transfers the amount received to ISU less 5% fees (http://www.transnationalgiving.eu/)

At the moment payback is modest. We are working with your alumni Board of Trustees representative on how to improve this; we will also assist you by putting in place a system of reminders, as we are aware that as young professionals you face several challenges.

Nevertheless, International outreach is a key part of ISU’s 3Is philosophy. Please try to help us to improve the international distribution of our alumni - your future partners in the space world if they are given the right chance!

Pie Chart Illustration Credit: Didier Guillaume, ISU


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