Airbus, a European multinational aerospace corporation will provide Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Aviation and Aerospace University (BSMRAAU) students with world class pilot training and maintenance engineering skills. The two parties signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) regarding the initiative on Sunday.
The MoU underlines Airbus' commitment to supporting the expansion of Bangladesh's aviation structure, which can be a key accelerator of the country's already impressive economic growth, read a press statement issued by Airbus.
Remi Maillard, President of Airbus, South Asia, said, "For Airbus, Bangladesh is not just a promising market. Airbus stands ready to support the holistic development and modernisation of Bangladesh's aerospace industry."
Talking about the agreement, he said, "We are proud to partner with BSMRAAU to nurture talent and foster innovation in the aviation domain. Under this partnership Airbus shall make available its industry leading technological expertise and training capabilities to develop aerospace related skill sets."
The Airbus training programme will cover undergraduate and graduate students studying to become pilots and maintenance engineers. Airbus will help design the study materials and syllabus plus its trainers will conduct classroom courses for a select duration every year. The company will also offer five internships a year, the press statement noted.
"As a world leader in the aerospace industry, Airbus has a wealth of experience in training fresh talent in every aspect of this profession. This collaboration reflects the university's vision to become a leading institute in the field of aerospace," said Air Vice Marshal AHM Fazlul Haque, the founding vice-chancellor of BSMRAAU.
A public university, BSMRAAU admitted its first batch of students in January 2020. As aviation and space technology in Bangladesh evolves, the university aims to meet emerging demand for professionals across various industries – particularly aviation and aerospace, which are major economy boosting and high-end job generating sectors.
Airbus is a major aeronautics, space and related services provider. In 2019, it generated revenue of €70 billion and employed a workforce of around 135,000. The company offers a comprehensive range of passenger airliners, along with tanker, combat, transport, and mission aircraft etc. It is also one of the world's leading space companies.