ISU PR — An historic partnership agreement has been signed by the European Section of the Association of Space Explorers representing Europeâ€™s astronauts and the International Space University. The agreement was signed on February, 14th 2011, at the United Nations center in Vienna, Austria, by the president of ASE Europe, Cosmonaut Dumitru-Dorin Prunariu, and ISU president, Dr. Michael Simpson.
This cooperation aims to better exploit the value that astronauts and their experience in spaceflight represents to foster and enhance public knowledge about the benefits of space exploration. â€œIn addition to science and applied research the human presence in space is part of the continuing fascination that space, its secrets, and possibilities have for students and young professionals when choosing their study subjects or taking the first steps of their careers,â€ noted Cosmonaut Prunariu. â€œBoth the academic curriculum of ISU and the outreach activities of astronauts are ideal to put this interest on a sound basis and accompany the studentsâ€™ quest for knowledge and proficiency. â€œ
The Association of Space Explorers (ASE) is an international non-profit professional and educational organization of over 350 individuals from 35 nations who have flown in space. Founded in 1985, ASE’s mission is to provide a forum for professional dialogue among individuals who have flown in space, support space science and exploration for the benefit of all, promote education in science and engineering, foster greater environmental awareness, and encourage international cooperation in the human exploration of space.
President Simpson spoke enthusiastically about the prospects confronting this new partnership. â€œTogether our two organizations can dramatically increase the opportunity for people of all ages to explore the benefits of humankindâ€™s experience of space,â€ he said.Â â€œWe are already reviewing ideas for joint programs, presentations, and outreach efforts.â€
The International Space University, the â€˜gold standard in interdisciplinary space educationâ€™, is a graduate school that conducts programs at its central campus in Strasbourg, France, and at locations around the world. ISU offers a unique core curriculum covering all disciplines related to space programs and enterprises â€“ from science and engineering to business and management, and policy and law. ISU also provides short courses for professional development and life-long learning.
As part of the agreement, ASE Europe will establish its headquarters at ISUâ€™s Central Campus in Strasbourg.