Dubai Civil Aviation Authority,Dubai Air Navigation Services (dans) and Emirates Aviation University (EAU) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that highlights the beginning of a long-term strategic partnership between all entities,aimed at training and developing human resources, as well as providing full-fledged technical academic programs for students and professionals in the Aviation sector. The MOUs were signed by H.E.Mohammed A.Ahli, the Director General of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and the CEO of Dubai Air Navigation Services and Dr.Ahmed AlAli, the Vice Chancellor of Emirates Aviation University, in the presence of representatives from both entities. The agreement signed between DCAA and EAU entails collaboration on several fronts that include designing joint training courses, participation in conferences and educational seminars held by both entities, in addition to collaborating on educational and joint research initiatives . DCAA will be supporting the universities’ training program through providing training programs for students affiliated to the latter. Where as EAU will be providing special rates to DCAA employees and their families seeking to pursue their education at the university. Underpinned by a joint strategic goal , the MOU will enhance a productive partnership amidst educational processes and support human resources development and research for both entities. With this partnership in place, students of EAU will have the opportunity to gain on ground practical experience in air traffic management through several initiatives such as; internships and professional training programs in dans, which will provide them with a competitive edge through combining theory with practice in order to diversify their knowledge and gain practical exposure that will better equip them for the job market. In addition, operational and technical programs provided by dans to professionals in the Air Traffic Management sector are highly sought after from within the UAE and on an international scale,EAU will support dans in enhancing its programs through designing new courses that cater to the market requirements in the Aviation sector, and that will be delivered to operational professionals to ensure they exceed academic and professional learning standards. The partnership is the first of its nature for dans uniting an educational institute specialising in all spectrum of Aviation studies with a historical organisation leading air navigation services in the realm of the United Arab Emirates. Combining the profound technical expertise in Air Navigation Services that dans offer with the academic knowledge that EAU possesses, will present a full rounded academic program for students studying aviation-related disciplines looking to pursue their career in the Aviation sector, as well as for employees seeking further career enhancement. During the high-level agreement signing ceremony that was attended by dignitaries from both entities, H.E. Mohammed A.Ahli, Director General of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and CEO of Dubai Air Navigation Services stated: “In accordance with the vision of HRH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President,Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai ,enabling Dubai to become the hub of the world and to dominate a primary position across all sectors,and in compliance with the guidelines of HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum,President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, to enhance collaboration amidst all organisations operating in the Aviation Sector, students of Emirates Aviation University will have access to training opportunities through extensive be spoke programs offered through the organisation, that will provide full-fledged and in depth knowledge combining theoretical and practical concepts. This will highly benefit them in enhancing their competitive edge and deepen their knowledge levels and provide them with the necessary skills that prepare them for today’s market requirements. Dr Ahmad Al Ali, Vice Chancellor of Emirates Aviation University, added, “There is a global demand for operational and technical roles such as Air Traffic controllers and navigators – particularly in this part of the world where air traffic is expected to continue growing. This new joint venture allows us to capitalise on dans’ technical expertise in air navigation and traffic management to provide a highly-specialised resource that our industry needs for future development. Emirates Aviation University already has a track record and reputation for providing world-class aviation training. This partnership with dans complements our existing programmes and further cements our position as the leading centre for aviation-related training and education”. As the Aviation sector is a rapid growing and fast advancing sector, where new technologies, procedures and systems are being introduced every day, both entities understand the necessity to develop academic programs that provide students and employees with modernised concepts keeping them abreast of the latest information that will enable them to excel in their careers and meet international standards.Educational institutions are able to provide such modernised approaches through collaborating with organisations operating on the ground in the Aviation sector and those who enjoy the privilege of possessing the technical on ground expertise. Modern day students require incorporating practical and technical experience in addition to their theoretical studies ,to be able to meet international standards and requirements for today’s demanding job market.