(Left to right): Meshesha Belayneh, Deputy Director of ICAO’s Technical Cooperation Bureau and Chief of its Global Aviation Training Office; Dr. Fang Liu, ICAO's Secretary General; President of the University of Waterloo, Dr. Feridun Hamdullahpur; and Dr. Jean Andrey, the Dean of the school’s Faculty of Environment
The Secretary General of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), Dr. Fang Liu, and President of the University of Waterloo, Dr. Feridun Hamdullahpur, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) regarding a joint educational programme.
Under the MoU, the two institutions will launch an e-learning course on the Fundamentals of the Air Transport System at the upcoming ICAO Next Generation of Aviation Professionals (NGAP) Global Summit to make more young people aware of the diverse career opportunities in air transport.
Geared towards aspiring aviation professionals as well as professionals transitioning into aviation, the new ICAO/Waterloo course will consist of nine modules covering air law, aircraft, operations, navigation, airports, security, environment, accidents, and safety. Trainees will have the option to complete the course (with no exam) free of charge, or to pay the exam fee and complete the exam to earn the Course Certificate.
“Providing greater access to affordable quality training is key to attracting, educating and retaining the next generation of skilled aviation professionals,” highlighted Dr. Liu. “ICAO is undertaking an extensive range of activities in aid of raising awareness on these issues, and to improve aviation training access and quality under our NGAP and Global Aviation Training/TRAINAIR PLUS Programmes. I am encouraged this new partnership is coinciding with our inaugural NGAP Summit this November and we will look forward to reviewing its results.”
“The aviation programme at Waterloo is only 10 years old, yet it has quickly become the leading programme of its kind in the country. I am proud that our faculty and students will help establish the next generation of professionals to fulfil global needs and demand,” said Feridun Hamdullahpur, President and Vice-Chancellor at the University of Waterloo. “I’m excited for the future of aviation at Waterloo and pleased to see this partnership with a special agency of the United Nations flourish.”
The ICAO NGAP Global Summit is being convened by ICAO at its Montreal Headquarters from 27-28 November 2017, in cooperation with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). As part of the Summit, ICAO is also organizing a special Model ICAO Forum, speed networking sessions, and a career and networking exhibition for student participants.