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University challenge

Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) University has recently revealed a course devoted exclusively to the region's booming transport sector. Dr George Ebbs, CEO, DAE explains how it will benefit the air cargo sector.

Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) University has recently revealed a course devoted exclusively to the region's booming transport sector. Dr George Ebbs, CEO, DAE explains how it will benefit the air cargo sector.

How important is the subject area of air cargo throughout the university's academic courses?

The air cargo sector is a key player in Dubai's aviation industry, so its naturally an area in which the university is interested. We will soon begin offering a Master of Science in Global Logistics.

In addition, students that are studying for an MBA in Aerospace Management or those taking Master of Science programmes in Air Transport and Airport Management and Operations have the opportunity to take courses related to the air cargo industry.

What will the new course on global logistics encompass and what type of student is being targeted?

Our programme covers areas such as logistics, supply chain management and air cargo operations. These modules will begin in the autumn of 2008, pending accreditation by the UAE Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA) and once the faculty has been recruited from North America and Europe.

The dean of the College of Business has already joined Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) University. Our courses are aimed at individuals already working in the aviation or logistics business who wish to increase their skills sets, as well as career changers who wish to specialise their skills in order to enter into the aviation industry.

The university seeks to enroll students from a wide range of locations from across the globe including the Gulf, greater Middle East region, India and China.

What benefits will the course bring to those that enroll and what interest have you received so far?

Our courses offer students a worldclass postgraduate education specialised in the aviation and aerospace sector, with convenient part time and full time student modes.

The university's location in Dubai - a hub of aviation and aerospace growth and activity - provides students with access to an array of internship and employment opportunities.

Reaction to the university and the courses has been very positive and there is a keen interest from students of all ages and professional backgrounds to enter into courses that open the door to the growing number of employment opportunities in the aviation and aerospace business.

What is the value of Dubai as the location for the university and the course?

Dubai has emerged as a leading global player in the air cargo sector. The incredible growth in business sectors throughout the region has created a natural demand for the air cargo business to move goods faster than ever to support this growth.

Why do you feel such a course is unique in the Middle East region?

Our market research indicates a high demand for trained professionals across every sector of the aviation and aerospace industry over the next ten years, which includes the air cargo sector.

There are other education programmes in the region, but none of them are offered by a university that specialises in aviation and aerospace.

This specialisation makes our programme truly unique, and we will produce a generation of professionals that have a higher understanding of aviation related issues, which of course encompasses the airfreight sector.

Does the university plan to expand its courses on the airfreight sector in the future?

DAE University aims to provide courses that complement the growth in various sectors of the aviation and aerospace business across the Middle East region. We listen attently to the growing needs of the industry and will offer a range of degree programmes and specialised short courses that meet and address these needs.

Our aviation campus is the foundation of the aerospace cluster and will include undergraduate, master and PhD programes in aviation engineering and business engineering, research facilities, aviation specialists, master apprenticeships and advanced aviation careers. Graduates will directly answer the call for highly skilled professionals to supply a growing, qualified workforce.

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