Memorandum Of Understanding Signed With Singapore Civil
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Worldwide,
headquartered in Daytona Beach, FL, has made a landmark agreement
to begin offering aviation programs in Asia. The Worldwide Campus
signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Feb. 4 with the Civil
Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) to begin a Master of
Business Administration in Aviation (MBAA) program in the second
half of 2010.
This MOU establishes the framework for broader cooperation
between Embry-Riddle and CAAS, uniting two internationally
established institutions that are each renowned for their knowledge
and expertise across a broad range of aviation disciplines.
"This is a long-term strategic relationship, and we are pleased
to partner with the Civil Aviation Authority to achieve our joint
objective of providing quality aviation and aerospace education to
support the growing aviation industry of Singapore," said Martin
Smith, executive vice president of the Worldwide Campus.
The collaboration is a reflection of the shared interests
between Embry-Riddle and CAAS to promote high-quality aviation
education and training, as well as information exchange and
research. The MBAA program will deliver the same high-quality
program that Embry-Riddle currently offers, but it will be tailored
to meet the demand for aviation management professionals in
"As Singapore's aviation industry continues to grow, there is a
need to groom and empower the next generation of leaders," said Yap
Ong Heng, director-general of CAAS. "In addition to operational and
technical training, management training provided through the MBAA
will be useful for the overall development of aviation
professionals, and preparing them to take on leadership
"We are excited to have the opportunity to deliver a Business
Administration program in Singapore," said John R. Watret, Ph.D.,
associate vice president and chief academic officer of the
Worldwide Campus. "Embry-Riddle's successful MBAA program will
support the Civil Aviation Authority's mission to further establish
Singapore as a center of excellence for the aviation industry."
Embry-Riddle's MBAA degree will be delivered through the
Singapore Aviation Academy (SAA), which is the training division of
CAAS. The SAA will give input to the design and delivery of the
MBAA, drawing on more than 50 years of aviation training expertise
and extensive international and regional links. To date, the
academy has trained almost 50,000 people from 190 countries.