Abu Dhabi Airports, the operator of the emirate’s five airports, announced today a new partnership with Abu Dhabi University, one of the largest private universities in the UAE, that will see the two parties strengthen ties by exchanging expertise and encouraging training and research projects in support of aviation talent and industry development.

Under the terms of the partnership, Abu Dhabi Airports will provide employment opportunities and internships to Abu Dhabi Universitys’ alumni over the course of three years, which aligns with Abu Dhabi Airports’ commitment to recruit local talent. The partnership sees Abu Dhabi University joining the ‘Asaas’ programme, an Abu Dhabi Airports’ initiative to attract, recruit and train young Emiratis interested in joining the aviation sector.

The agreement was finalised at Abu Dhabi University with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) by H.E. Eng. Jamal Salem Al Dhaheri, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of Abu Dhabi Airports, and H.E. Dr Ali Saeed Al Dhaheri, Chairman of Abu Dhabi University.

Commenting on the agreement, H.E. Eng. Jamal Salem Al Dhaheri, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of Abu Dhabi Airports, said: “Our collaboration with leading educational institutions is a testament of our commitment to paving the way for a new generation of Emirati airport management professionals and aviation leaders who, with knowledge and experience, would be able to sustain growth and development of this vital sector in Abu Dhabi and the United Arab Emirates.”

“We are pleased to sponsor a specialised academic programme collaborating with Abu Dhabi University to empower the selected candidates with knowledge that they need to excel in their new career adventure. Our partnership with Abu Dhabi University represents the latest step forward in this direction and we are equally excited about the many other mutually beneficial outcomes that will stem from this collaboration.” he added.

H.E. Dr Ali Saeed Al Dhaheri, Chairman of Abu Dhabi University, said: “We are delighted to have finalised our collaboration with Abu Dhabi Airports for the years ahead. Our shared vision for making a real difference to society and industries through training, research and innovation will scale new heights following this exciting partnership. Abu Dhabi University is committed to providing students with unique opportunities that will maximize their skillset and best prepare them for the career market. We look forward to providing development platforms for a new class of aviation sector professionals.”

Within the framework of the agreement, Abu Dhabi Airports and Abu Dhabi University will share knowledge surrounding airport, ground and flight operations, safety and security management, and environmental impact. Abu Dhabi Airports staff will be enrolled in academic programs offered by Abu Dhabi University, whilst both sides will enjoy other mutual benefits, including use of technical facilities and involvement in funding opportunities, applied training and research projects, and other educational platforms such as seminars, conferences, and lectures.