Emirates Aviation College, the institution of choice for higher education in Aviation Studies, yesterday awarded graduation honours upon 265 students. With hundreds of family, friends and Emirates Senior Management in attendance, Dr. Ahmad Al Ali, Vice-Chancellor Emirates Aviation College, conferred degrees across a multitude of disciplines.

The achievements of the graduates include degrees in nearly all of the 23 programme disciplines that the Emirates Aviation College offers. The graduating class also includes 55 staff from the Emirates Group and 29 graduates who are UAE Nationals; reflecting the important role the College plays in the Emirates Group, for Emiratis looking for top-notch education and to the community as a whole to make aviation-related studies available to all.

“Aviation is a booming industry, estimated to contribute 15% to the UAE economy, and the demand for professional education in this arena is expanding exponentially, as evidenced by our growing graduating class every year,” said Dr. Ahmad Al Ali, Vice-Chancellor Emirates Aviation College. “I, along with the rest of the team at the Aviation College, express our congratulations to the graduates for their accomplishments and we wish them all the best in the exciting field of aviation.”

As a testament to the Emirates Aviation College’s commitment to constantly offer new and industry-relevant programmes, recently the UAE Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research accredited two more Emirates Aviation Collage postgraduate programmes; MSc in Aviation Security and MSc in Aviation Safety. Designed in collaboration with Coventry University, UK, Dubai Police General HQ – General Department of Airports Security, and the General Civil Aviation Authority, UAE, the programmes offer unique and specialised training; making the College the first academic institution in the region and one of the few in the world to offer such programmes.

The Masters in Aviation Safety and Aviation Security programme educates students on safety / security issues, technologies and procedures within the aviation industry. The programmes are based on a core understanding of risk management, human factors, strategy, operations and planning. With the Safety programme focusing on measures taken against the threat of an accident, while Security focusing on protection from threats motivated by hostility or malice, each programme will enable students to consider in depth the different areas of regulations and compliance, design, use of technologies and systems that are associated with these different perspectives. The programmes are accredited as a DUAL award program where students who successfully complete their studies receive separate awards from Emirates Aviation College and Coventry University.