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International Space Course to Norway

Join our course with the International Space University about the global and Norwegian space sector.

Are you looking to expand your knowledge about the global space sector? Want to know more about the rapidly growing space industry?

Join the International Space University’s Executive Space Course, organized together with the Norwegian Space Agency in Oslo, from the 27th to the 31st of May 2024!

The Executive Courses are usually located at the ISU campus in Strasbourg, but in 2024 this course will be held at the Norwegian Space Agency in Oslo.

The Norwegian space industry may be small but on the cutting edge of its respective fields, and an integral part of the growing European and global space sector.

Norway’s space industry is expanding, and with the new launch base for satellites at Andøya in Northern Norway, it will be increasingly visible in the years ahead.

- Our commercial space activities will put Norway on the map as a strategic European asset in the space sector, says Christian Hauglie-Hanssen, Director General of the Norwegian Space Agency.

The aims of the course

This ISU Executive Space Course will provide an interdisciplinary introduction to the Norwegian and global space sector in a professional development course which enhances the participants’ knowledge of the space domain.

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NorSat-3 was launched on the 29th April 2021. Illustration: Norwegian Space Agency

The participants will acquire knowledge of the different space disciplines and the linkage between them, with a particular focus on the global space business. This will increase the participants’ abilities to contribute effectively to space and space-related activities.

Moreover, the course aims to promote, build, and maintain productive links with the global space community, including ISU alumni and faculty, and utilize these to provide a contemporary “real world” dimension to the course.

For technical and non-technical professionals

The course is aimed at participants with technical as well as with non-technical professional backgrounds, including investors, entrepreneurs, engineers, and others who are curious about the space sector and wish to know more.

The course is intended for two broad categories of professionals, those already working in the space sector but who do not have a space background, such as finance, law, marketing or human resources.

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Juice, ESA's orbiter to Jupiter and its large moons, has Norwegian technology as part of the payload.  Illustration: ESA/ATG medialab

The other category is professionals currently working outside the space sector, but with an interest in developing a better understanding of the domain, including but not limited to journalists, public servants, government employees and decision makers.

Solid insight into the space sector

- Participating in an ISU Executive Space Course provided solid insight into and understanding of the space sector, what the domain includes, how it is utilized, and what may be gained from it, says Morten Wike, Director for finance, administration and communication at the Norwegian Space Agency.

He found the course especially useful in providing an understanding of how complex and challenging space flight is, both for spacecraft and for human beings.

- In addition to the increased understanding of the space sector, the network contacts I gained at the course have been the most valuable. With participants from several different countries and across a diverse field of professional backgrounds, we gained contacts that I still have the pleasure of talking with today, Wike says.

About International Space University

ISU was founded in 1987 as an international institution of higher learning, dedicated to the development of outer space for peaceful purposes through international multi-disciplinary education and research programs.  

Since its inception ISU has prepared individuals to respond to the current needs and increasing demands of the space sector in a rapidly changing world.

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Copernicus is the EU program for monitoring the Earth's environment and climate by using satellites. Norway is a member of both ESA and Copernicus. Graphics: ESA

ISU considers space activities not as isolated actions undertaken by a narrow community, but as a global endeavor of humanity, in which diverse systems and new approaches flourish.

This requires a non-traditional approach to the education of future space professionals, providing a broad and interdisciplinary coverage of the space curriculum delivered with emphasis on its international and intercultural context.  

For more information about the ISU and Executive Space Course 24, click here.