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International Space University Seeks Visionary Leader for Presidential Role

Applications Now Open for the Position of ISU President with a Focus on Innovation and International Collaboration.

STRASBOURG, FRANCE — The International Space University (ISU), a pioneer in space education and interdisciplinary research, is inviting applications for its next President. As the institution continues to foster the development of space for peaceful applications, it seeks a dynamic and experienced leader to guide its future.

About ISU

Founded in 1987, ISU is the world’s leading private, non-profit institution of higher education dedicated to the development of space for peaceful purposes through international, intercultural, and interdisciplinary education and research programs. ISU offers a variety of programs including a central campus-based Master of Space Studies, its Space Studies Program–a two-month professional development program held every Summer since 1988 at various locations around the world–a one-month Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program–held annually in Australia–as well as Executive Education Programs held in various countries. ISU is supported by various government agencies and industry partners and has come to be known for its excellence in space education.

Leadership Opportunity

“The new President will be stepping into a role that’s pivotal not just for our university but for the broader space community,” said ISU Chairman of the board Dr. Christian Sallaberger. “We are looking for an innovator who will take ISU to the next level while maintaining the momentum that we have built over the decades.”

Desired Qualifications

The Board of Trustees is seeking an entrepreneurial spirit with:

  • Strategic vision and the ability to inspire as a leader
  • A successful track record managing international, multidisciplinary teams
  • Senior-level experience in academia with a deep understanding of academic processes
  • A strong background in development and fundraising
  • Repute in international negotiations and relations
  • Exceptional communication skills and advocacy for ISU’s values

Fluency in English is required, and proficiency in French is beneficial. A comprehensive knowledge of the space sector is strongly desired.

Application Process

Prospective candidates should submit a cover letter and curriculum vitae to by 25 February 2024 for maximum consideration. The appointed President will commence duties at a mutually agreed date, no later than September 2024.

Commitment to Diversity

ISU is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.

About International Space University

Founded in 1987 in Massachusetts and currently headquartered in Strasbourg, France, the International Space University is the world’s premier international institution dedicated to space education. It is supported by major space agencies and aerospace organizations from around the world. The graduate level programs offered by ISU are designed to promote international, interdisciplinary, and intercultural cooperation for the peaceful and sustainable use of space. ISU offers an accredited Master of Science in Space Studies at its central campus in Strasbourg. Since 1988, ISU also conducts the highly acclaimed two-month Space Studies Program at different host institutions all over the globe. Its Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program is held annually in Australia.  ISU programs are delivered by over 140 global faculty members in concert with invited industry and agency experts from institutions all over world. Since its founding over 35 years ago, more than 5600 students from over 100 countries have graduated from ISU.