The Southern Hemisphere Summer Space Program (SHS-SP) was launched in January 2011, through the collaboration of the International Space University (ISU) and the University of South Australia (UniSA). The next program will be held in Adelaide, South Australia from 7 January to 8 February 2013.
The program is designed with a particular eye to the Australian and southern hemisphere space environment and will focus on space applications, space policy and space services, while giving a well rounded overview of the principles and concepts involved in space science, space systems engineering and technology, space business and management and space legal and regulatory issues.
It is an intensive five week program in the Australian summer, providing the international, intercultural, and interdisciplinary experience for which ISU is renowned. The program is open to students from all nations.
As in other ISU programs, students benefited from the shared experience of an international, interactive working environment shared with other professionals, graduate researchers and senior undergraduate students. Program graduates will become part of the international network of ISU alumni, faculty members and visiting lecturers (numbering more than 3,000 to date).
The SHS-SP will be held at the Mawson Lakes campus of the University of South Australia in Adelaide.
Enrolment applications for the 2013 program is now open and should be submitted before 30 November 2012. Late enrolments will only be accepted if places in the program are still available and there is sufficient time for overseas students to obtain the necessary visa.
Who is eligible to attend?
The SHS-SP's interdisciplinary program is designed to meet the needs of:
- professionals seeking more knowledge of and contacts in the local and international space sector
- graduate researchers in all fields seeking a broader knowledge of local and international space activities and the disciplines involved
- undergraduate students seeking exposure to the various aspects of space studies to complement their undergraduate space studies.
Forty core lectures from Australian and overseas faculty and invited experts will cover all of the space disciplines. The lectures will be presented in a manner clearly understandable to students from a broad range of backgrounds and will provide a broad understanding of the role of space, the current status of our capacity to use it and future directions, opportunities, and challenges for the space sector.
The program will also comprise hands-on workshops, public space events and professional visits. Workshops will often be linked with lectures, with hands-on activities using local remote sensing data, GPS field exercises, collecting satellite data, and other topics.
There will also be a group space research exercise called the White Paper. Each year the program will focus on a particular theme or application area. Assisted by faculty and invited international experts, the students will be given the challenge of researching the topic and jointly authoring and presenting a White Paper over a period of 5 weeks. The White Paper will be presented at international conferences and shared with interested organisations and agencies. In 2012 the White Paper topic will be Space-Based 'Tele-Reach' Systems for Southern Hemisphere Nations: A Common Resource for a Shared Future.
Evaluation, Accreditation and Credit in other Programs
Students will be evaluated by the program faculty through weekly short answer quizzes, a written final exam and an assessment of individual performance in workshops and group white paper work by program faculty.
In addition to the award of an ISU Certificate, an Executive Certificate will be awarded by UniSA to all students on successful completion of the program. Holders of the Executive Certificate will receive a 50% credit upon subsequent admission to the UniSA Graduate Certificate in Space Studies.
Nine academic units (or the equivalent of one quarter of one full time academic year) of elective credit in a UniSA undergraduate program will be granted by UniSA for successful completion of the SHS-SP. Completion of the Graduate Certificate in Space Studies program will earn an additional 9 credit units, totalling one half of a full time academic year’s undergraduate credit.
The obtaining of equivalent credit in graduate and undergraduate programs in other Australian and overseas universities will be the responsibility of the individual student. Program faculty will provide assistance and information to students seeking credit in other programs.
The fee for the 2013 program will be A$10,900. The program fee includes tuition, accommodation and meals. Travel and insurance is the responsibility of the student. A limited amount of financial aid will be available. Applicants without sponsorship from employers or other sources can apply for financial aid as part of the online enrolment process.
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