Aviation Induction Workshop takes off in Dubai
Three-day event welcomed industry professionals who are seeking to advance their careers with a postgraduate degree in aviation.
The 12th edition of the Induction Workshop for City, University of London’s MSc Aviation Management programmes was held at the Dubai Centre and led by Captain Tilmann Gabriel, Director of MSc Aviation Management programmes and Dr Ivan Sikora, Senior Lecturer.
The three-day Workshop welcomed 25 students from 16 countries, including the UAE, Oman, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Jordan.
Women comprise nearly 30% of this diverse cohort, which consists of full-time professionals who are pursuing one of four MSc degrees offered by City: Air Transport Management, Air Safety Management, Aircraft Maintenance Management and the newly launched Airport Management programme.
Training future leaders
Many of these students are pilots, air traffic controllers, senior cabin crew or dispatchers, preparing to advance their careers and take on management positions in leading airlines and aviation companies around the world.
Captain Gabriel commented:
A great value of our MSc Aviation Management programmes is it teaches students to become effective researchers. Whether it’s researching a topic on how the operation centre can be better managed or how to build a new technologically advanced cockpit, this degree provides an excellent foundation in research. Another huge benefit of these programmes is the opportunity to build a lifelong network of peers who come from around the globe and work in various aviation sectors.
The interactive Workshop covered a gamut of topics, from academic research and writing to airline finance and statistics. Participants were also introduced to City’s online study tools and resources which are designed to enhance the student learning experience.
Speaking about the advantages of having a postgraduate qualification, Dr Sikora, said:
“We are not just instilling knowledge in students but we also aim to prompt their thinking. As academics, we have strong links to the industry, so we know how to bridge the gap between academia and the profession. A career in aviation has no limits. The only limits that exist are the ones you put on yourself.
Eye-opening learning experience
Also present at the Workshop to deliver an inspiring talk to the new students was City alumnus Captain Mark Roth (MSc Air Safety Management, 2017), an A380 Training Captain at a global airline with 30 years of experience in the industry.
Commenting on the reasons he chose to do an MSc with City, he said:
“The academic side of aviation was something I knew little about, but the programme has given me a broader perspective. It was an eye-opening experience to sit in class with students who worked in fields such as air traffic control, military aviation and aircraft manufacturing. I was confronted with ideas that I never really thought about, and it made me realise that there is so much we can learn from one another.
“Due to the nature of my job, I appreciated the flexibility to choose the time and location of the taught modules, with the opportunity to attend them in Dubai or in places like London and Frankfurt.
With over 1,500 graduates and a proven track record of enhancing career opportunities over the last 17 years, the University's MSc Aviation Management programmes are now the leading mid-career masters courses in the air transport world.