African Aviation & Aerospace University Ready For Kick-Off, Says VC
The Acting Vice-Chancellor of African Aviation & Aerospace University, Prof. Tilman Gabriel says all is set for the commencement of programmes at the brand new university, which has a focus, not only for Nigeria, but for Africa’s growth.
Speaking in an NTA Programme, Presidency This Week, Gabriel, a former Lufthansa pilot who according to him has within his 40-year aviation career, been involved in starting six airlines, having being involved in the training of pilots and start-up of new training programmes, said the university is starting with B.sc In Aviation Business and B.sc In Meteorology.
He said the university located close to Abuja airport has all the teaching facilities and dormitories for the two courses.
“At the end of the year, we will offer the first Masters’ Programme for Air Transport Management,” he said, adding that “we have designated a 200 hectare design project that will take the next three to five years to complete.”
Gabriel said that for now, the university owned by Federal Ministry of Aviation & Aerospace Development is closely working with agencies under the Ministry, sharing their facilities, including dormitories of Nigeria Safety Investigation Bureau (NSIB).
He said the university is also working with famous universities in Europe and Australia because of the importance of collaborating with already existing facilities in other parts of the world.
Speaking on the university’s prospects, he said Nigeria is an upcoming country in aviation, with many airlines placing orders for aircraft and that these airlines will require personnel.