DAE, Massachusetts Institute in strategic tieup
Dubai, April 29, 2008
Dubai Aerospace Enterprise University (DAE University), has announced a strategic partnership with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Global Airline Industry Program to introduce global best practices in its aviation curriculum.
DAE University, the education and training arm of Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE), aims to promote region-specific research on the aviation and aerospace industry, said a DAE official.
'Through the pioneering regional collaboration, which is expected to be a multi-year program, MIT will help in designing an innovative curriculum for DAE University's aviation degree programs by incorporating competitive simulation games and case studies that are used in MIT courses,' Dr Omar Bin Sulaiman, managing director of DAE, explained.
MIT will also deliver seminars and short courses specifically focused on the aviation and aerospace industry.
Dr Sulaiman said the partnership has created an opportunity to develop a strong regional data warehouse for the aviation industry.
'This is of particular relevance given the dearth of region-specific industry data. Dubai’s advantage as the region’s aerospace hub will drive the research programs in analysing and presenting the trends, success drivers and potential pitfalls that face the industry.'
'The close evaluation will also give us a referral source on the risks, challenges and opportunities facing the aviation and aerospace industry here,' he added.
The MIT Global Airline Industry Program, established in 2000, brings together a multidisciplinary team of faculty, staff and graduate students drawn from world-leading universities and research centres including several MIT schools like the Sloan School of Management.
The program aims to develop an evolving body of knowledge that understands the development, growth and competitive advantages of the global aviation industry.
Bob Johnson, DAE chief executive officer pointed out that environmental sustainability was a growing concern for the aviation sector globally.
'Our collaborative research initiative specifically addressing the environmental aspects will mark a new era in sustainable aviation development strategies,” he added.
Dr George Ebbs, president of DAE University said the MIT Global Airline Industry Program, through its focus on the economic aspects, management and operations of air carriers internationally, had created a valuable knowledge pool of industry best practices.
'The collaboration with DAE University will further scale up the institution's educational programs and offer students an all-round perspective of the industry,' he added.-TradeArabia News Service