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  • Overview

    The Bachelor of Aviation Science program is designed to provide students with the opportunity to learn relevant aspects of aviation for those who want to become a professional pilot and also those who want to pursue their professional careers within operational sectors of the aviation industry. The degree offers study in a combination of theory and project work which allows students to apply multi-disciplinary thinking. Students also learn to analyze problems and develop their competence in problem solving, improve their communication and presentation skills and work in a multi-cultural environment.


    The program, carefully designed and reviewed against similar programs in Australia, US and UAE, was started in 2011.  It has now seen the successful graduation of BSc Aviation students and also the graduation of the first students who entered into the Etihad Airways Flight Training Program after completion of the BSc program and are now flying as First Officers on modern commercial jet aircraft. Other graduates have obtained jobs in the aviation sector or gone on to take further qualifications in the field of aviation.

    Currently the department offers the BSc Aviation as a 4 year program. The program is also offered as a shortened program recognizing credits for obtained previous professional competence and experience as an Airline Transport Pilot with a duration of 1,5 years.

    Plans are underway to widen the existing BSc with additional areas of concentration focusing on the operation of technical systems and the operation of aviation infrastructure. Also an MSc Aviation Safety Management and Oversight is in planning. Additionally, ADU offers a MBA with a concentration in Aviation.

    Vision

    The vision of the Department of Aviation at Abu Dhabi University is to be recognized on the international, national and regional stage as a quality provider in aviation education. The existing collaboration with Etihad Airways for ab-initio pilots to enter after graduation of the BSc Aviation program directly into the Etihad´s Flight Training College is an important cornerstone of the program and the first of this nature in the region. We aim to provide our students with a diversified learning experience from a wide range of expertise and knowledge together with practical experience and industry visits. This is achieved through an international faculty, also utilizing experts from the industry and constantly developing the program to keep pace with the ever changing operational and technical environment in which the aviation industry is operating.

    Mission

    The mission of the Aviation Program is to graduate students equipped with the knowledge and skills to become Airline Pilots or Aviation Professionals. The degree was designed to be internationally accepted as a professional degree. The growth in the Aviation Industry, both in the region and internationally, drives the demand for skilled personnel and it is our aim to position our graduates as sought after from employers in the Aviation Industry.
  • Chair's Message

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    blockquote1.pngThe Department of Aviation is exceptionally proud to be working in collaboration with Etihad Airways to be the host of the first joint program between an airline and a university to produce cadet pilots and other aviation personnel in the region. The first Aviation students' graduated and after having completed their Flight Training at Etihad´s Flight Training College are now flying as First Officers with Etihad.blockquote2.png

     

    Although originally designed for Etihad to produce graduate pilots who would normally have just flying qualifications, this program now has a high intake of students with a passion for aviation and a desire to work within the aviation industry. In addition, in spring 2016, we started the first cycle of a shortened BSc program with given credits for recognized prior learning (RPL) for experienced line pilots of Etihad to obtain an aviation degree.
    In the future, we want to further develop the existing program to make it even more attractive for students offering also concentrations not only in Flight Operations as of today, but also in sectors such as operation of technical systems and the operation of aviation infrastructure, where the industry has a high demand of qualified personnel. A Master Program in Aviation and entry into aviation research is on the agenda.
    We aim to create an opportunity to study in a high quality educational environment and to meet the needs of the industry. We hope you choose to study Aviation with us and we can guarantee a unique, exciting and rewarding experience leading to a lifelong career that is both interesting and fulfilling.

    Dr. Gerhard Huettig
    Professor and Chair Department of Aviation
    Email: gerhard.huettig@adu.ac.ae

  • Programs Offered

    Undergraduate Programs

  • Faculty & Staff

    • Dr.Gerhard Huettig (Abu Dhabi Campus)

      Professor of Aviation, Chair Aviation Department

      Ph.D. (Doktor-Ingenieur) in Aeronautical Engineering

      Technische Universität Berlin

      Tel #: +97125015245

      Email: gerhard.huettig@adu.ac.ae

    • Mr.Alberto Bernabeo (Abu Dhabi Campus)

      Senior Lecturer of Aviation

      Tel #: +97125015222

      Email: alberto.bernabeo@adu.ac.ae

    • Mr.Zahid Hameed Malik (Abu Dhabi Campus)

      University Teacher of Aviation

      MBA in Human Resource Management

      Preston University, Pakistan

      Email: zahid.malik@adu.ac.ae

    • Mr.Aruna Ranganathan, eMBA, M.Sc., PMP (Abu Dhabi Campus)

      Assistant Professor of Aviation

      Executive Master of Business Administration

      Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand

      Tel #: +97125015212

      Email: aruna.ranganathan@adu.ac.ae

  • Research Activities

    Research Areas of the Department of Aviation

  • Facilities

Events

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National Day Ceremony Nov 28, 2016 to Nov 28, 2016
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International Aviation Conference May 22, 2016 to May 23, 2016
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Think Science Exhibition 2016 Apr 17, 2016 to Apr 19, 2016
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Getex 2016 Apr 13, 2016 to Apr 15, 2016

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Abu Dhabi Campus

P.O Box 59911, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Al Ain Campus

P.O Box 1790, Al Ain, UAE

Toll Free Number:

800-ADYOU (800-23968)

International Students:

+971 2 5015555 (Call Center)

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