The University is targeting students whose ambitions are careers - from technicians and pilots to supervisors and managers - in airlines, airports, aircraft and aviation services businesses and aerospace design, engineering and manufacturing.
The roadshows build on the strong student response to the orientation initiatives undertaken by DAE University in India last year. The first batch of DAE University - comprising students from around the world - will graduate in 2011-12. The roadshows will introduce students to the new educational programmes offered by DAE University, including the DAE Flight Academy scheduled to open in March 2008.
The DAE Flight Academy will deliver highly qualified first officer candidates in an accelerated programme of 12 to 14 months. Eight new accredited programmes will also be launched this year - four each in the graduate and undergraduate streams - to funnel high-quality technical and business operations professionals into a dynamic industry.
Dr George Ebbs, President of DAE University, said:
"Our recent research confirms India as being one of the world's fastest growing aviation and aerospace markets in the world over the next 20 years. Yet needed and qualified human resources are in short supply. Our courses are designed to produce the highest caliber people to ensure India has access to the right skills to embrace this growth. Our knowledge sessions will provide potential applicants the opportunity to gain first hand perspective of the institution's unique curriculum and an understanding of what we are trying to achieve."
DAE University offers Bachelors and Masters programmes in the areas of Flight and Aviation Management, Business Administration, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, Airport Management, Air Traffic Control, Logistics and Aviation Maintenance Management.
Over the next few years, the University plans to implement its vision for regionally available comprehensive aviation and aerospace education. Plans include significant contributions to research and technology specialized around the aviation and aerospace industries.
The University's research shows that international traffic will grow by more than 150% over the next twenty years in the GCC region and intra-country traffic in countries such as India is expected to increase by over 450% over the same period. More than $2 billion of investment is planned to develop major airports in India alone.
An aviation and aerospace market research firm has estimated the GCC and subcontinent will need nearly 700,000 skilled positions in the civil aviation sector to be filled by 2015. DAE University is optimally placed to fulfil the industry's needs for the next two decades.