Emirates Group Security signs MoU with Arab Air Carriers Organisation to extend University Diploma Programmes

DUBAI. U.A.E.., 24 February 2015 - The Centre of Aviation & Security Studies (CASS), the academic arm of Emirates Group Security and the Arab Air Carriers Organisation Regional Training Centre (AACO RTC), have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to extend two University Diploma programmes to the members of the Arab Air Carriers Organisation (AACO).  

The University Diploma in Aviation Security Management and the University Diploma in Ground Handling are being inducted as part of AACO RTC’s training curriculum with its offices in Jordan and Egypt. These two courses are jointly developed by Edith Cowan University of Western Australia and Emirates Group Security. 

“The two University Diploma Programmes are excellent examples of high-quality management training which have been tailor-made for professionals working in the aviation industry. Designed specifically to improve management practices in aviation security and ground handling, both programmes tap on the practical experience of Emirates’ CASS, the regional expertise of AACO, and the academic excellence of Edith Cowan University of Western Australia. We believe these courses add to the educational and professional development opportunities available to those working in aviation, and ultimately help support the growth of the aviation industry in the MENA region,” said Dr. Abdulla Al Hashimi, Divisional Senior Vice President of the Emirates Group Security. 

The courses, administered by CASS and academic staff from Edith Cowan University, consist of an 18-month programme which involves self-study, tutorials and examinations. 

“We are delighted  with this strategic initiative  to broaden  the   platform of  tertiary education  in  aviation  security and ground handling education which will  certainly complement the existing  vocational  and  industry-specific training  programmes.  Students   who sign up for these diploma courses  will  be embarking  not only on  a  learning  journey  from the  aspects  of the civil aviation  profession  but also  the road towards attaining  academic  qualifications. This will augur well for those who wish to pursue further academic programmes and play a strong role in professionalising the industry,” said Edith Cowan University’s Professor Nara Srinivasan,  Pro-Vice Chancellor  (Emirates Engagement) and Professor of  Security and Risk.  

 “Aviation security has become a foremost priority, equal in its importance to safety. The fundamental premise upon which airlines, airports and the whole civil aviation industry is based, depends upon providing safe and secure travel to the public. It is an honour and a privilege to collaborate with Emirates, one of the best airlines in the world and one of the most forward-looking companies in the field of aviation,” said Abdul Wahab Teffaha, Secretary General of AACO. 

“Emirates is known to use the latest technologies and techniques in all operational domains including aviation security. Combining Emirates’ experience with the educational expertise of Edith Cowan University, and the regional expertise of the AACO RTC, we believe these customised courses will deliver high-quality training to industry professionals. I am confident that the MoU that we signed with the Centre of Aviation & Security Studies (CAAS) of Emirates Group Security paves the way to future collaborative efforts aimed at furthering the industry's excellent record in security.”

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