Dubai Aviation City Corporation (DACC), the parent organization of Dubai South recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the UK-based University of South Wales (USW).
The MoU is for the establishment of ‘USW Aviation Academy’ – the region’s first-of-its-kind specialist campus facility offering advanced aerospace engineering education at Dubai South.
The agreement was signed by HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, president of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA) and chairman and chief executive of Emirates Airline and Group and Pro Chancellor Professor John Andrews of the University of South Wales. Also present at the signing ceremony were HE Khalifa Al Zaffin, executive chairman of Dubai Aviation City Corporation, HM ambassador to the UAE Philip Parham, and HM consul general Paul Fox.
The build-to-suit campus facility by Dubai South to USW will be done over a two-phase period.
HE Khalifa Al Zaffin, said: “A fundamental part of the aerospace super system that we building is the gathering of several leading, international institutions at Dubai South – organizations that can offer specialized vocational education. Thereby, we also are grooming and supplying talent to the region’s fast expanding aerospace industry. Today’s memorandum of understanding with University of South Wales is a vital step towards achieving that essential dimension.”
Scheduled to launch its first class in 2017, the Academy will subsequently expand its facilities to include offices, classrooms, laboratories, workshops and aircraft hangar, as well as access to social and residential amenities at Dubai South. The under-graduate and post-graduate courses to be introduced by the USW Aviation Academy at Dubai South will feature European Aviation Safety Agency (‘EASA’) certified training programmes, including degrees in Aerospace Engineering and Aviation Management, as well as other unique and specialized aviation curriculum.