Academic Council and Board of Trustees give ISU’s future direction

The ISU Board of Trustees convened the 60th meeting of its history on 27 and 28 February 2019 at Central Campus in Strasbourg, gathering some twenty leaders from across the space enterprise in academia, government agencies and industry.

The Board of Trustees determines ISU's overall objectives and oversees the University's affairs. The full meeting was preceded by a series of committee meetings on academic, finance, administration and development matters. The Academic Council, comprising elected members of the ISU Global Faculty, convened its 44th meeting 25 -27 February. The full list of members in ISU’s governing bodies can be found here.

The Trustees re-elected Dr. Christian Sallaberger (Canadensys Aerospace, SSP88 alumnus) as Chairman, Andrew Brown (SES) as Vice-Chairman and Alain Wagner (Airbus Defence & Space, MSS98 alumnus) as Treasurer.

The Academic Council endorsed the nominations of new Faculty, selected Team Project topics for all programs in 2020 and 2021, and recommended next steps towards the accreditation of the MSS program as well as improvements to the quality of the MSS, SSP, SH-SSP and Research programs.

Vice-President of Strasbourg Eurometropolis Ms Catherine Trautmann delivered an invited statement on the planned contributions by the metropolitan area to ISU’s activities. These include student scholarships, support to Space-related start-up companies through incubation and acceleration services, and a substantial refurbishment of the ISU building to take place in 2020.

With the set of decisions taken, ISU can now finalize a new edition of the university’s Strategic Plan, plan for the academic year 2019-2020 with an approved budget and create a Foundation to allow for new income and support to start-up companies on campus.

The meetings were also the opportunity for the Trustees to show their support to the President and staff of ISU, meet again the students of MSS19 and make the most of the sunshine to show off their latest products. In this instance a telescope developed by Trustee Helmut Kessler (an ISU EMBA10 alumnus) and his team at Solarscope Ltd, Isle of Man.

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Cover Picture: ISU Board of Trustees, ISU Central Campus (Credit: ISU).
Back Picture Credit Trustee Helmut Kessler (ISU EMBA10 alumnus and Founder of Solarscope Ltd, Isle of Man) and ISU Associate Professor Economics and Policy Vasilis Zervos (Credit: ISU).