Executive Space Course ISU ESC18 From Lust To Dust
ISU’s Central Campus Executive Space Course (ISU ESC18) took place from 23-27 April 2018. There is no better evidence of the success of this course than the testimonies from some of the 23 executives from 12 countries including Japan, Russia, Israel, Canada and others!
“The ISU Executive Space Course is the crossroads where strategic planning is informed by current knowledge, expertise and trends in space research. For any senior manager, this comprehensive overview will ensure program, funding, and policy decisions become evidenced based decision-making” describes Dr. Kurtis H. Simpson, director at Defence Research and Development, Canada.
Bob Lamboray a policy officer at the Luxembourg Ministry of the Economy continues: “The ESC provides a high quality, well-structured overview of the global space industry”.
The course aims indeed to give an introduction to the space sector including technical, commercial, financial, policy and law aspects. Whilst explaining core engineering and technical concepts in a simple manner.
Emmanuel Blanvillain who studied at MIT and is currently the head of scheduling for Ariane 6 at the Ariane Group adds: “ESC is a great intense program which provides a good understanding of the space business with a very international view”.
“Truly worthwhile insight into space – invaluable for anyone with any interest in the space sector” confirms Charles Williams an investor based in the United Kingdom. And Guy Cherni, a drone entrepreneur from Israel asserts: ”I met great people from the space industry and others, and got a taste of the vast potential of the space market.”
For senior SAP business analyst at SES, Nicole Lendvai: ”ISU is the perfect place to extend and deepen knowledge about space topics and to meet people from all over the world”.
International, interdisciplinary and intercultural are key concepts applied to all programs at ISU. Participants also recognized the efforts put into organizing social activities during this one week course, which allowed ample networking amongst the ESC participants, and with the ISU faculty and Master of Space Studies (MSS18) students. Another benefit when attending this course.
Nicole Nir, a communications coordinator at the Secure World Foundation writes: “While the content is enriching and helpful, as an American, I find that the connections I’ve made with people from all of the world during this week, are the most rewarding part of this course. It’s an incredibly wonderful and meaningful experience.”
ISU President Prof. Walter Peeters who designed and launched this course 16 years ago, comments about ISU ESC18:” I have read the feedback forms and the comments are very positive, both on the delivery of the material as well as on the logistics and the arrangements. To keep the course successful and appealing, one should not rest on our past achievements however strive for further improvements! The feedback of the participants is an excellent input for this”.
A brainstorming session has already been planned and rest assured that ISU ESC19 which will take place from 8-12 April 2019 will be another successful course.