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Fancy yourself as the next Michael O'Leary? New third-level courses could be for you

DCU and the DAA have joined up to establish the Dublin Aviation Institute.

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FROM NEXT YEAR, students interested in working in the aviation sector will have a new place to study.

DCU and DAA International have joined together to establish the Dublin Aviation Institute which they say will seek to combine “academic excellence and a live airport environment”.

The DCU courses will be at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels and the college says it is aiming to attract both overseas and Irish students.

The university already offers a B.Sc. in Aviation Management and the new partnership seeks to expand this into a wider institute.

DCU’s president Brian MacCraith says that the new institute will allow the university to ‘educate the future leaders of the aviation sector’. He adds that the Dublin Aviation Institute will combine “research, education and training” to support the development of the aviation industry in Ireland and abroad.

The DAA says the institute is not about pilot training but rather for people who see their future in the aviation industry.

The courses within the new institution have not yet been finalised but both partners say that they will include teaching on international aviation standards. Data analytics is also expected to form an important part of the institute’s teaching.

The DAA says students can expect to gain experience of working in Dublin Airport as part of the degree training and they hope to get airlines involved also.

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DAA International is a subsidiary of the Dublin Airport Authority and the partnership with DCU is part of its aim to offer accredited airport training internationally.

“There is significant international demand for this type of education and training,” says DAA chief executive Kevin Toland. “Together with DCU we can provide the living-laboratory experience of an airport, combined with the academic excellence of a young, dynamic university.”

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