Emirates’ Engineering staff member awarded A J Walter Aviation (Middle East) Bursary in top aircraft maintenance degree course competition

Published November 25th, 2008 - 04:16 GMT

Emirates’ Engineering staff member awarded A J Walter Aviation (Middle East) Bursary in top aircraft maintenance degree course competition
Julius Fernandes, an IT Projects Controller - Engineering, at Emirates airline has been awarded a Bursary towards the MSc in Aircraft Maintenance Management degree course in conjunction with City University, London.  The Bursary has been provided by A J Walter Aviation, the aircraft support specialist, who have just established a strategic hub in Dubai.
This year A J Walter offered the Bursary to students exclusively from the Middle East, a region that is experiencing growing demand for qualified engineers as it pursues its ambitions for massive growth.   A J Walter received more entries than ever for this year’s Bursary, with applicants from Dubai, Kuwait, Jordan and Oman.  These applications were of an exceptionally high standard and all who entered are to be congratulated.
Christopher Whiteside, Managing Director of A J Walter Aviation, is delighted with the response to this educational initiative that was set up to commemorate AJW’s seventy five years in aviation: “The MSc Aircraft Maintenance Management degree course will be extremely beneficial to Julius’ career and to Emirates. With the projected growth and advancement of the air transport industry particularly in the Middle East region, I would encourage more companies to support the career development of their employees. The Bursary demonstrates A J Walter’s commitment to the training and development of aviation professionals and the excellent response this year means that we will certainly continue support the industry in this way.  Last year a student from Ethiopian Airlines won the accolade and we are proud to continue the tradition of rewarding exceptional individuals in the field of aviation maintenance and engineering – so often the unsung heroes of our industry.”
Professor Roger Wootton, Course Director at City University, London, which also runs all modules at Emirates College in Dubai adds: ‘The complete MSc in Aircraft Maintenance Management programme is supported by visiting lecturers from leading airline companies including senior managers from British Airways, Boeing, Lufthansa, Monarch and Emirates. As well as the Bursary, A J Walter provided funding to set up the original degree programme and City University are very grateful for their support.”
Iain Lachlan, Divisional Senior Vice President – Aircraft Maintenance Engineering at Emirates concludes:  “Emirates Engineering is delighted for the support City University and A J Walter provide to the Maintenance and Engineering disciplines within the Aviation industry. Aviation continues to offer exciting opportunities to those who wish to expand their career through further education and training within the Middle East Region. Emirates is extremely proud that one of our employees has received the opportunity to expand his personal portfolio of education through the award of the bursary from A J Walter.” -ends-

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