European Space University for Earth and Humanity "UNIVERSEH" is an alliance of European universities offering an innovative learning environment for students with a passion for space.
Lending itself to leading research, space is a field that is fascinating and inspiring, and still sparks wonder. Scientists and artists alike have taken up the challenge, trying to solve the enigmas and grasp the issues at stake. Space involves all disciplines (engineering, science, psychology, economics, the environment, medicine, law, literature, etc.) and holds infinite potential to challenge.
A European university for space fans
To explore this immense intellectual field, UNIVERSEH offers a collaborative campus dedicated to the space sector in all its definitions, with the objective of putting together innovative, employment-oriented courses that promote mobility, inclusion and multilingualism.
Through the alliance of seven universities—the University of Toulouse, the University of Luxembourg, the Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, the Luleå University of Technology, the Krakow Academy of Mining and Metallurgy, Tor Vergata University of Rome and the University of Namur—UNIVERSEH aims to respond to society's major challenges, in particular by making the space sector more sustainable, but also by contributing to European education, employment and industrial growth.
Putting the human face on scientific research
Located in Wallonia's capital, the University of Namur, with almost 7,000 students and a teaching programme that focuses on human and social issues, naturally fell into place within this alliance. It is involved in numerous international, transdisciplinary research projects, including several funded by the European Space Agency (ESA), thanks to an international culture that encourages inter-university agreements and the mobility of students and professors.
The RISE (Rotifer In SpacE) project, developed in collaboration with SCK CEN and funded by the European Space Agency (ESA), and the work carried out by the Space pole of the Namur Institute for Complex Systems (naXys), which examines the formation, evolution and abilities of extrasolar systems, are just some of the many interdisciplinary research projects being developed by UNamur.
Mathematical and physical research into celestial mechanics, the movement of celestial bodies such as space debris, asteroids, satellites or (exo)planets, research into the development of new 2D and 3D coatings or nanomaterials with properties suited to various atmospheric environments, work to respond to the needs of the aeronautical market for intelligent electronic equipment, the sustainable management of natural resources present in space, and research into the ethical, legal and economic challenges linked to the exploitation of extraterrestrial resources are all fields explored by UNamur in its 11 research institutes.
By joining UNIVERSEH, the University of Namur joins a network of almost 131,000 students, a team of 13,000 professionals and 59 partners, with the shared objectives of improving mobility and multilingualism, and developing new interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral joint study programs through an entrepreneurial university adapted to the space sector.
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