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.
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.
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.