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The International Space University (Isu)

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2005 Annual Conference


Portland, Oregon

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June 12, 2005

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June 12, 2005

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June 15, 2005



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International Engineering Education II

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10.1301.1 - 10.1301.8



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Irina Nelson

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The International Space University (ISU) Irina Nelson, Ph.D. Physics Professor, SLCC, 4600 S. Redwood Rd., Salt Lake City, Utah 84130 Visiting Faculty, 2002-2005, ISU, 67400 Illkirch, Strasbourg, France

Abstract The International Space University (ISU) is a unique institution of higher learning and professional development whose mission is to “… develop future leaders of the world space community…” ISU offers two programs leading to Master of Space Studies (MSS) and Master of Space Business (MSB) degrees, a Summer Session Program (SSP), and a variety of seminars, workshops, round-table forums, and research services. ISU is accredited by the French Ministry of Education and has bilateral agreements with a number of affiliated academic, research, and industrial institutions in America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. This paper presents the ISU academic programs, illustrates its worldwide recognition, and provides information on the exceptional opportunities for education and international collaboration in space-related areas.

Introduction The International Space University (ISU),1 founded in 1988, is an accredited institution of higher learning providing intensive multidisciplinary graduate-level training in space-related disciplines including space science, space engineering, space policy and law, space business and management, and space and society. ISU conducts its activities at its Central Campus in Strasbourg, France, 2 and at various other locations worldwide. The ISU mission is to “…develop future leaders of the world space community by providing interdisciplinary educational programs to students and space professionals in an international, intercultural environment.” 3 Distinctive for ISU is its focus on the “3 I” characteristics: Interdisciplinary, International, and Intercultural. The exposure of the ISU students to multidisciplinary educational programs and the opportunity to teamwork and network across national and cultural boundaries are not available in any other educational institution. In 2004, the International Satellite and Communications exchange (ISCe) Conference and Expo awarded ISU its prestigious ISCe Education Award.

ISU currently employs seven full time resident faculty coming from six different countries (Belgium, France, Ireland, Japan, Russia, and the UK,) with extensive experience in research, business, and academia, and with previous affiliation with space agencies, space industries, universities, and governmental and non-governmental organizations. Their expertise spans over both technical and non-technical fields relevant to space, including: orbital mechanics, astrophysics, space applications, space business and management, rocket development, space information technologies, law, and humanities. In addition, seven part-time faculty (from Canada, France, Germany, Russia and the UK) and numerous (typically fifty) visiting lecturers representing different countries, contribute their expertise in various specialized topics such as: space utilization, space safety, project management, financing and insurance, human resources management, research, innovation, and technology transfer, patent and intellectual property, strategic alliances and international project management, etc. 4

“Proceedings of the 2005 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright @ 2005, American Society for Engineering Education”

Nelson, I. (2005, June), The International Space University (Isu) Paper presented at 2005 Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon. 10.18260/1-2--14421

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