The Emirates fly to Space with ISU: lift-off from Adelaide, Australia


The four graduating students from the United Arab Emirates were proud to see the Director General of the UAE's Space Agency, Dr. Al Ahbabi speaking at the Closing Ceremony on 15 February at the University of South Australia (UniSA) in Adelaide.

They were part of a class of 46 representing 13 nationalities that had just spent five intense weeks of interdisciplinary space learning at the Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program (SH-SSP), a program resulting from a collaboration between UniSA and ISU.

Dr. Al Ahbabi said that his country has already invested 5 billion dollars in space research and technology: besides the ten satellites in orbit and eight more in project, the UAE also conducts research on human spaceflight with the ambition of playing a significant role in humanity’s future exploration of Mars. Part of that investment is for education and training of the Emirati space workforce, and includes a Mars Science City project in Dubai.

On the day before graduation, the participants delivered their Team Project reports and presented their findings and recommendations on the two topics chosen for this program:

  • Without space – When we lose all communication with artificial satellites
  • Space 2030 space for the future, space for all

As part of the five weeks, an impressive program of public events and events open to participants only included rocket and stratospheric balloon launches, an astronaut lecture, a high-level panel on opportunities for the Space industry and other lectures on trending topics.

A weekly blog published by the program’s Teaching Associates gives more insights on this year's academic and social activities.

Now in its 8th year, the prestigious program is conducted by the University of South Australia in partnership with the International Space University. On successful completion, participants receive a Certificate of Completion from ISU and an Executive Certificate from UniSA, meeting the entry requirement for further study such as the Graduate Certificate in Space Studies offered by the University of South Australia. Graduates also become members of ISU’s worldwide alumni network.

UniSA Graduate Certificate in Space Studies.

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Cover Picture Credit: ISU
The participants from UAE from left to right:
Mr. Mohamed Al Karbi
Mr. Abdulla AlDhaheri
Ms. Hamda Al Hosani
Ms. Lolowa Al Kindi

Bottom Picture Credit: ISU
From left to right:
Dr Omar Hatamleh, SH-SSP Program Director, ISU.
Prof. S. Beecham, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation, UniSA.
Dr. Ady James, SH-SSP Co-Director, UniSA.
Dr. Al Ahbabi, Director General, UAE Space Agency.
Mr Karl Rodrigues, Executive Director, International and National Engagement,Australian Space Agency