19 February 2016

L to R:   Prof Nigel Relph, UniSA Deputy Vice Chancellor and Vice President, Professor David Lloyd, UniSA Vice Chancellor and President, Bill Hampton, Senior Vice President External Relations Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University  and Prof Graham Hunt, Head of Asia (ERAU). The University of South Australia and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Asia  have signed an agreement to develop a suite of global, dual-award degree programs designed to bolster the talent demanded by the expanding aerospace industry around the region.

The collaborative programs will include education in some of the industry’s rapidly evolving areas such as unmanned vehicles, next generation aircraft, human factors and aviation management. 

Courses will be delivered to maximize student accessibility across the globe using Embry-Riddle and UniSA campuses in the United States, Australia and Asia, in addition to Embry-Riddle's top-ranked online course offerings.  

“We have designed this partnership with UniSA to meet the challenges driven by the extensive growth and technological advancement in the global aerospace arena,” Embry-Riddle’s Interim President Dr John R Watret says.

“By combining the world-renowned expertise and passion of both institutions we will shape industry professionals for successful careers.” 

The relationship between the two acclaimed international universities began early in 2015 with an agreement to expand undergraduate and graduate aviation degree opportunities, in addition to academic and professional development for UniSA’s faculty and staff. 

UniSA Vice Chancellor Professor David Lloyd says he was delighted to be in Singapore at the 2016 Singapore Airshow to sign the agreement.  

“UniSA is delighted to partner with Embry-Riddle, the world’s leading aviation and aeronautical university, to play a central role in an industry set to be one of the most important, especially in Asia, for the rest of this century,” Prof Lloyd says.

“China, Indonesia and many other countries have just begun what will be an unprecedented growth in all aspects of aviation and we will ensure our top-ranked engineering faculty is fully engaged in supporting this growth.” 

The University of South Australia is one of the latest international institutions to join forces with Embry-Riddle, which in addition to campuses in the United States has established a presence in Europe, Asia, South America and the Middle East.   

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the world’s largest, fully accredited university specializing in aviation and aerospace, is a nonprofit, independent institution offering more than 80 baccalaureate, master’s and PhD degree programs in its colleges of Arts & Sciences, Aviation, Business, Engineering and Security & Intelligence. 


Media contact: Michèle Nardelli office +61 883020966 mob 0418823673 email michele.nardelli@unisa.edu.au


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