Friday, 23 April 2010
His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline and Group; Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce, AC, Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia and ECU Vice-Chancellor Professor Kerry Cox, joined the ECU community to celebrate the graduation of 100 students at the Emirates Aviation College in Dubai on Wednesday, 21 April 2010.
The students were graduating from a range of diploma courses in Aviation Security Management, Ground Handling, and Security Investigation.
Family and friends of the graduates attended the event, along with senior management of Emirates and ECU, delegates for various consulates and representatives from the security and aviation industry in the United Arab Emirates.
Keynote speaker, Executive Vice Chairman, Emirates Airline and Group, Mr Maurice Flanagan CBE, said the strong response to the airline program demonstrated the need for education in the industry.
“Emirates are proud to partner with ECU to meet this need.
“This is a partnership and a program that works, because it combines practical industry experience with academic best practices and keeps security education relevant”.
In congratulating the graduates, ECU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Kerry Cox said that Emirates is a world leader in aviation and it is the University's pleasure to be working with them in developing and implementing world leading education and training programs on aviation security.
“I applaud the graduates and wish them tremendous success in their careers”.
This is the sixth graduation ceremony since ECU established the ECU-Emirates Education and Research Centre in Dubai. Through this collaboration, ECU has positioning itself as a leading global provider of education and training to airlines, governments and international organisations. The programs are affiliated with the International Civil Aviation Authority.
ECU's collaboration with the Emirates Group was recognised by a 2006 Business/Higher Education Round Table award for Best International Collaboration Education and Training Enhancing Security in an Increasingly Interdependent World.