Stanford And IATA To Offer Distance Learning Aviation Program


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Stanford And IATA To Offer Distance Learning Aviation Program

By Steve Hall

January 14, 2011 - The Stanford Center for Professional Development (SCPD) at Stanford University and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) on Thursday signed an agreement to develop and deliver a distance learning aviation management program.

This one of a kind offering will combine management and aviation training to prepare tomorrow?s aviation professionals to be the world?s most knowledgeable leaders, equipped with the skills to guide the next century of progress and excellence in air transport.

Despite turbulent times, the need for highly trained aviation professionals is on the rise and expected to continue its trajectory. Passenger and cargo volumes are predicted to increase significantly in the coming decades. Safety remains the industry's highest priority and demands continuous advances in technology.

To manage this increasing complexity, aviation professionals must have access to the best education and training. The partnership between IATA and SCPD will help address these needs. ?This unique global and industry-wide certification program is aimed at developing a new generation of global aviation executives, able to operate across boundaries and successfully lead our industry in the challenging years to come,? said Guido Gianasso, Vice-President of Human Resources for IATA, at yesterday?s signing ceremony.  

IATA, an international trade body representing 230 airlines, will deliver the aviation component of the program, offering students in-depth knowledge of the air transportation system, its function, role and scope. SCPD, the professional development arm of the Stanford School of Engineering, will deliver the management component of the program, preparing students for the business elements of the aviation industry through a blend of courses that include strategic execution, leadership, and program management.  

IATA?s partnership with SCPD will offer students unique flexibility in aviation education from leaders in their respective fields. All six required courses are available through distance learning, providing professionals throughout the world with the opportunity to participate. Upon completion of all required courses, students will be awarded a Stanford-IATA Aviation Management Certificate and will automatically be registered with IATA as a Certified Aviation Management Professional (AVMP).


?We are pleased to partner with IATA to educate the next generation of aviation professionals. This unique distance learning program combines the best of the best: Stanford's world-class teaching and research with the expertise of IATA, the leading provider of global aviation training,? said Andy DiPaolo, senior associate dean in the School of Engineering and executive director of the Stanford Center for Professional Development. ?Students will be able to take these courses on-demand and access them anytime, anywhere.?

The Stanford Center for Professional Development connects working professionals worldwide to the research and teaching of Stanford University faculty in the School of Engineering and related academic departments.

Qualified individuals may study for Master of Science degrees on a part-time basis, pursue graduate and professional certificates, take individual graduate and professional courses, participate in workshops, and view free online seminars and more. Courses are delivered online, on the Stanford campus in the heart of the Silicon Valley, and at the work site.

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