WE, THE FOUNDERS of the International Space University, do hereby set forth this Credo as the basis for fulfilling ISU’s goals and full potential.
INTERNATIONAL SPACE UNIVERSITY is an institution founded on the vision of a peaceful, prosperous and boundless future through the study, exploration and development of Space for the benefit of all humanity.
ISU is an institution dedicated to international affiliations, collaboration, and open, scholarly pursuits related to outer space exploration and development. It is a place where students and faculty from all backgrounds are welcomed; where diversity of culture, philosophy, lifestyle, training and opinion are honored and nurtured.
ISU also serves as a neutral international forum for the exchange of knowledge and ideas on challenging issues related to space and space applications.
ISU programs impart critical skills essential to future space initiatives in the public and private sectors while they:
The International Space University is a private non-profit institution, formally recognized as an institute of higher education in France by the French Ministry of Education (decree MENS0400386A of 27 February 2004). ISU is also recognized by other agencies and universities – see FAQ no 2.
It specializes in providing graduate-level training to the future leaders of the emerging global space community at its Central Campus in Strasbourg, France, and at locations around the world. In its one-year Master of Space Studies, two-month Space Studies Program and 5-week Southern Hemisphere-Space Studies Program, ISU offers its students a unique Core Curriculum covering all disciplines related to space programs and enterprises, space science, space engineering, systems engineering, space policy and law, business and management, and space and society. Each of these programs also involve an intense student research Team Project providing international graduate students and young space professionals the opportunity to solve complex problems by working together in an intercultural environment.
Since its founding in 1987, ISU has graduated more than 5000 students from over 110 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.
Building on specialist knowledge already acquired, ISU relates this to all aspects influencing the successful outcome of space development and use. At ISU, programs are:
Broad-based educational programs that encompass all disciplines relevant to space scientific, engineering, economic, regulatory, political and organizational provide students with a multi-dimensional perspective, vital for understanding and effectively dealing with complex space development and utilization issues.
Global networking opportunities and intensive teamwork practices at ISU give its diverse student body the edge when performing in competitive and collaborative international space programs.
Interacting with people from a variety of different backgrounds: academic, cultural and national, with varied approaches to problem solving and occasionally conflicting objectives, prepares ISU students for the multicultural environment of today’s world space community.
ISU’s Code of Conduct and Ethics (COCE) commits everyone in the ISU community to the highest ethical standards in furtherance of ISU’s mission of teaching, research, and service. The foundations of ethical behavior at ISU are a commitment to respecting the rights and dignity of all persons and a commitment to discharging our obligations to others in a fair and honest manner. Every member of ISU plays an important role in keeping these commitments by demonstrating integrity and respect in his or her daily activities and in the performance of their responsibilities.
The ISU COCE establishes a statement of principles to guide the activities of all ISU faculty, staff, and students, who are required to acknowledge and abide to it. The full text fo the COCE is available online as part of the Academic Handbook (see chapter V).
The rapid development of information technologies has led to a number of difficult to forecast potential abuses. A similar effect is taking place in the use of social media, leading to new forms of mobbing.
Also in view of lessons learnt from the present policy (in particular in terms of the process), the Board of Trustees (BOT) of ISU has unanimously decided to perform an overall revision of the harassment policy in place at ISU.
Climate change is a major challenge of this century that affects all humankind. Its consequences are becoming increasingly important in our daily lives and a threat to our well-being.
At ISU, as pioneers in space education for the future leaders in the international space community, we see teaching and research on space technologies that can help solve global problems and monitor climate change as a key component of the curriculum.
In addition, we thrive to be an example of environmentally friendly practices on a day-to-day basis, both at our Central Campus in Strasbourg and at other program locations.