MELBOURNE, Fla., Jan. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Florida Institute of Technology and International Space University (ISU) have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the intention of further cooperation between the two institutions. The agreement was signed at ISU in Strasbourg, France, in November. Signing the document were T. Dwayne McCay, Florida Tech executive vice president and chief operating officer, and Walter Peeters, ISU president.
The relationship between ISU and Florida Tech began in summer 2012 when the ISU Space Studies Program (SSP) took place in Florida, hosted by Florida Tech and Kennedy Space Center.
"It was very quickly evident that Florida Tech possessed a wealth of space knowledge and was an asset for the program participants. Florida Tech, with a large international student body, also was accustomed to working with a group of international participants," said ISU President Peeters.
The parties foresee a spectrum of joint study activities, including lecturer and student exchanges.
"Occasionally one is fortunate enough to develop a relationship that makes both institutions better. Last summer this happened for Florida Tech when ISU used our campus for nine weeks. The MOU we signed extends those opportunities for at least the next five years and, we hope, even longer," said McCay.
About International Space University
Founded in 1987 and headquartered in Strasbourg, France, ISU is the world's leading international space education institution. It is supported by the world's leading space agencies and aerospace organizations. All ISU programs are taught at the graduate level and are dedicated to promoting international, interdisciplinary and intercultural cooperation in space activities. Over the past 24 years the legendary nine-week Space Studies Program has convened in different host cities around the world.
About Florida Institute of Technology
Founded at the dawn of the Space Race in 1958, Florida Tech is the only independent, technological university in the Southeast. The university has been named a Barron's Guide "Best Buy" in College Education, designated a Tier One Best National University in U.S. News & World Report, and is one of just nine schools in Florida lauded by the 2012 Fiske Guide to Colleges and recognized by Bloomberg Businessweek as the best college for return on investment in Florida. A recent survey by PayScale.com ranks Florida Tech as the top private university in Florida for return on investment.
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SOURCE Florida Institute of Technology