This ESA TV Exchange provides an overview of the 2003 ISU Summer School, picturing the work of students in a university which in many instances provides a role-model for future higher education in Europe: International, interdisciplinary and intercultural.
International Space University (ISU)
The Summer Space Programme (SSP) of the ISU, Strasbourg
No doubt the most attractive job for every space enthousiast is that of an astronaut. ItÕs always in the news headlines. But of course the space industry also needs engineers, medical staff, lawyers and economists. Everyone who trains in one of these special disciplines also needs to know the basics of space exploration. But where can you get such training?
The International Space University, ISU for short, was founded on 12 April 1987. ItÕs aim has always been: to give young people from around the world with a university degree the chance to have a sneak preview of all areas of activity within the space industry.
Soundbite Johanna OÕRourke, SSP Student from Australia, background: Legal
These Summer Session Programmes, or SSPs, last 9 weeks. Interdisciplinary learning encourages a high degree of motivation amongst the students.
Soundbite Dr. Gilles