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Waikato University in partnership with CTC Aviation to develop programmes in aviation

Waikato University in partnership with CTC Aviation to develop programmes in aviation

The University of Waikato and the Hamilton Airport-based pilot training company CTC Aviation have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work on the development of joint programmes in aviation.

The programmes being considered will focus on professional pilot training subjects and practical flight training combined with complementary subjects such as management, education and psychology offered at the University.

"As one of New Zealand's top universities, the University of Waikato prides itself on leading new trends in education and is always seeking to identify areas of skill shortages to ensure both New Zealand and international skills demands can be met through its programmes," says Acting Vice-Chancellor Professor Alister Jones.

"We are committed to providing strong leadership in education and applying innovation in the development of new programmes."

"CTC Aviation provides internationally recognised programmes that prepare commercial pilots," Professor Jones says. "The University of Waikato undertakes research and offers courses in aviation and transport psychology, high performance teams, leadership and professional education.

"Combining these areas of expertise will enable the institutions to provide leading aviation programmes that bring together the technical and practical skills required of pilots with the human skills required of commercial aircraft crews and flight instructors."

CTC Aviation Chief Operating Officer – Ab initio Training (NZ), Peter Stockwell, says, "The programmes will be designed for New Zealand and international students who want to combine the academic elements of a university qualification with the practical training and licensing elements required for employment as a professional pilot."

The aim is to develop a programme that will provide a University of Waikato qualification and enable students to gain a Commercial Pilot Licence, Multi-engine Instrument Rating issued by the NZ CAA and, depending upon the options chosen, the addition of a Flight Instructor rating – all delivered by CTC Aviation.

Mr Stockwell says, "CTC Aviation also seeks to provide innovative, high quality, and cost-effective solutions to meet commercial aviation training, resourcing and operational needs.

"Given the complementary skills offered by our two high-quality organisations, plus the close proximity of our two campuses in Hamilton, the partnership is a great opportunity for students from both New Zealand and overseas who wish to embark upon a rewarding career in the aviation industry."

"With the identified future global demand for airline pilots at an all-time high, both organisations are confident that they can provide innovative and compelling programmes which should prove to be highly popular," Mr Stockwell says.