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Airbus contributes $2.5 mn for new aviation degrees

Released at: 18:53, 27/06/2018

Airbus contributes $2.5 mn for new aviation degrees

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Company supporting the development of Vietnamese talent and the country's aerospace industry.

by Thu Hoang

Airbus finalized two agreements with the University of Science and Technology of Hanoi (USTH) on June 27, leading to the creation of new international-standard degree programs at its Department of Space and Aeronautics.

Airbus will contribute a total of $2.5 million to these programs between 2018 and 2023.

The programs are a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Maintenance and Engineering Operations and a Master of Science in International Air Transport Operations. The first batch of Vietnamese students will start both courses in September.

The USTH’s new degree programs have been established in partnership with the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST), Vietnam Airlines, and the Vietnam Airlines Engineering Company, as well as France’s Ecole Nationale de l’Aviation Civile (ENAC) and Institut Aéronautique et Spatial (IAS).

The European manufacturer’s financial support covers the management of both programs as well as the provision of technical expertise and training by IAS for the bachelor’s degree and ENAC for the master’s degree.

“Airbus is pleased to be a partner in this important Vietnamese project, which will set the standard for higher education in the country,” said Mr. Jean-Francois Laval, Airbus Executive Vice President, Customer Affairs, Asia. “Vietnam is one of the fastest-growing aviation markets and this will help educate its future leaders and build up local expertise and capabilities in the aerospace industry.”

USTH is Vietnam’s first international public university, established via a bilateral agreement between the country and France in 2009 and with the support from VAST, France’s Ministry of Education, the Asian Development Bank, and a consortium of more than 40 leading French universities and research organizations.

Airbus has a long-standing presence in Vietnam, dating back to the early 1990s when its aircraft became the first Western-built types to be operated in the country. Vietnam Airlines now operates A350 XWB and A330 widebody aircraft on medium and long-haul services within Asia-Pacific and to key points in Europe and the US. The Airbus A320 Family is also in service with Vietnam Airlines, Vietjet Air, and Jetstar Pacific.

Airbus signed an agreement in 2016 to provide flight and maintenance training services to Vietjet in Ho Chi Minh City. This will also see Vietjet’s flight training center host an Airbus A320 Full-Flight Simulator (FFS) to conduct flight crew training for its A320 family fleet.

Airbus has also been developing its industrial partnerships in Vietnam. In the Ho Chi Minh City region, Artus Vietnam has been supplying electronic and electromechanical equipment for Airbus aircraft for 20 years.

Work related to Airbus aircraft programs generates full-time employment for 550 highly-skilled Vietnamese workers and this figure is set to more than double to 1,200 by 2020. Airbus is also actively looking at opportunities to place more work packages in Vietnam.

Airbus is also working with FPT Software, a Vietnamese information technology (IT) services firm, to strengthen the development of the ecosystem for Skywise - the company’s open aviation data platform - in the Asia-Pacific region. This includes a training system for both third-party users and software developers in Vietnam and the region.

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