On June 27, 2018, at the French Embassy, the launching ceremony of two international standard aviation training programs was organized by the Airbus Company in cooperation with the University of Science and Technology of Hanoi (USTH).
The two new aviation training programs, university standard Air Engineering and master standard International Air Transport Operations Management (IATOM), are developed based on financial support from Airbus and comprehensive cooperation with the Vietnam Airlines Corporation (Vietnam Airlines), the Vietnam Airlines Engineering Company (VAECO), the French Civil Aviation University (ENAC) and the French Aeronautical Institute (IAS). The first students will start the course in September 2018.
Attending the ceremony were Mr. Bertrand Lortholary, Ambassador of the Republic of France to Vietnam; Prof. Phan Ngoc Minh, Vice President of the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST), the management body of the USTH; Mr. Pham Ngoc Minh, Chairman of Vietnam Airlines Board of Directors; Mr. Jean-Francois Laval, Airbus Vice General Director for Customer Affairs; Mr. Mai Anh Tuan, VAECO General Director; Prof. Patrick Boiron, USTH Rector; and representatives from ENAC and IAS.
Mr. Bertrand Lortholary, Ambassador of the French Republic to Vietnam, delivers the opening speech
Opening the ceremony, Bertrand Lortholary, Ambassador of the French Republic to Vietnam, expressed his pleasure at the new developments in the educational cooperation between Vietnam and France. He stressed USTH, France's largest foreign university training project, was established under the Intergovernmental Agreement between the two countries in 2009. Two new USTH aviation programs are underway in a special and meaningful context, when in less than two years, the first Intergovernmental Agreement will end (2009-2019). Looking back on the first 10 years of development, the Vietnamese and French sides are pleased with the results and are actively preparing to submit to the two countries’ Governments the Intergovernmental Agreement phase 2 to be able to be signed at the end of 2018.
Jean Francois Laval, Airbus Vice General Director for Customer Affairs in Asia, at the ceremony
Jean Francois Laval, Airbus Vice General Director for Customer Affairs in Asia, shared that Airbus is proposed to support the development of the aviation training program at USTH in 2016. Since the first phase, Airbus has been actively working with Vietnam Airlines and other Vietnamese partners to identify the human resources needs in the aviation industry. Since then, Airbus has worked with USTH to propose two new programs, Air Engineering and IATOM, to provide training, increase capacity and knowledge to experts working in this industry.
During the 2018-2023 period, Airbus pledged USD2.5 million in financial aid for the management of two programs, Air Engineering and International Air Transport Operations Management (IATOM). In particular, Airbus will provide scholarships of up to USD 8,500 for the three best students of the IATOM program; assist them with daily fee and flight fee to France for studying and practicing in the 2nd and 3rd terms at ENAC.
Apart from Airbus, the new training programs received strong support from two of France's largest training schools, ENAC and IAS, together with Vietnam Airlines and VAECO. Accordingly, IAS is involved in developing the curriculum and sending lecturers for the Air Engineering program, while ENAC undertakes the IATOM program. Vietnam Airlines supports Air Engineering students to practice 6 months at VAECO and is committed to recruiting the 30 top students after graduation.
Mr. Jean Francois Laval said he believes that, with the support of Vietnam Airlines, VAECO and other aviation experts from IAS and ENAC, the Air Engineering and IATOM programs will meet international standard training quality and become reference to aviation training, especially in the field of maintenance and operation, to meet the needs of the market which is developing strongly in Vietnam and Southeast Asia.
GS. Patrick Boiron, USTH Rector
Speaking at the ceremony, Prof. Patrick Boiron, USTH Rector, emphasized the importance of developing an aviation program in the university's training strategy, and also thanked VAST, the management agency of USTH, and its partners, including Vietnam Airlines, VAECO, Airbus, ENAC and IAS, for their support.
The first course will start in September 2018. USTH has recruited 40 students (considering school reports and interviews in English) for the university standard Air Engineering program and is expected to enroll 10 students for the master level IATOM.
Delegates attend the ceremony
Translated by Phuong Huyen
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