ISU’s Executive MBA

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Back in the good ol’ days when I went to ISU, it was just the year-long Master of Space Studies and 10-week Summer Session Program. Now they’ve got an Executive MBA (pdf), and it’s the kind of program that only ISU can put together.

It’s divided into six modules over an 18 month period. Over the first year, three modules are covered, each of which requires a two-week period in-residence at several interesting locations:

1) Core Lectures module at ISU at the Strasbourg campus.
2) Space Commerce & Economics module at International Business School in the Isle of Man
3) International Policy & Law at GWU Space Policy Institute in the US

The next six months cover the last three modules:

4) Project Management module with varying sites depending on the class. As an example, during my MSS program, we visited ESOC in Darmstadt, Astrium & CNES in Toulouse, and Snecma Moteurs, Arianespace and the Paris Air Show near Paris over the course of the year.
5) Thesis Project module (wherever)
6) Project Sales Presentation at SES and Thesis presentation at ISU

ISU is really a unique institution, and its huge network of graduates spans the globe. My classmates were from China, Israel, Libya, Nigeria, Ireland, the Netherlands, France, Canada, Japan, Brazil, and more countries. We’re everywhere, and always popping up in unusual places. The teaching program draws on a global network of instructors. When it was time to talk about the Hubble, it was Dr. Jeff Hoffman who was doing the lecturing. When it was time to talk about space medicine, it was Dr. Oleg Atkov who did the lecturing. When it was time to talk about pulsars, well, it was Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell who was twirling a kitchen timer at the end of a long string over our heads. Who will be lecturing at the ISU EMBA? Who knows – but you can be sure it’ll be the top folks in the field.

It’s an investment, as much for business people to learn about space as for space people to learn about business. The two fields have long been interwoven, as the recent EVA Interview with James Dunstan here at OotC amply demonstrates, but now more than ever the bonds need to be strengthened to ensure that more realms of space endeavour enter the private sector to the benefit of everyone as we venture Out of the Cradle.

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