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2020-02-17 23:51:37 BdST

Bangladesh gets its first university on aviation


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The operation of the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Aviation and Aerospace University (BSMRAAU) has started. Minister of Education, Dipu Moni, inaugurated the academic activities at its temporary campus in Dhaka on February 3.

The purpose of the BSMRAAU is to promote aeronautical and aerospace studies in the country. The university was established last year.

Minister of Education, Dipu Moni expressed the hope that the newly established university will produce highly skilled human resources.

She urged a focus on producing experts in the specialised field as there is no alternative to research to lead the nation to success in this sector.

At the inaugural ceremony, Air Vice-Marshal AHM Fazlul Haque, Vice-Chancellor (VC), BSMRAAU said aviation and aerospace technology will be a major economic booster and a high-end income-generating sector contributing to developing the country to achieve Vision 2041.

"Bangladesh needs skilled professionals in this sector to take advantage of the national demographic dividend as well. The growth of the nation's population and global air passengers is expected to double by 2030 and the Asia Pacific region is predicted to become the largest air transport market of the world within the next 10 years. Such a global trend will definitely create ample opportunities in the aviation sector of Bangladesh," the VC said.

The temporary campus of the university is located at Tejgaon. However, the VC said they are confident about building an international standard permanent campus in Lalmonirhat very soon.

According to the VC of the university, over 120 candidates competed for every single seat in the first session of the university.

The university has already signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with SwissDrones for assembling unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and the establishment of a research facility on campus.

The university is also going to sign an MoU with Airbus for establishing technical research laboratories and an international standard flight training academy.

Furthermore, the university is pursuing cooperation with world-renowned aviation and aerospace institutions like Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Cranfield University, and Singapore Aviation Academy, the VC said.

The university has been set up with the aim of promoting aeronautical and aerospace studies in the country, and to ensure the training of pilots, aviation scientists, engineers, and other skilled workforce in the field of aviation.

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