The MoU will provide opportunities for students to participate in internships, R&D projects and capacity building projects
The Abu Dhabi-based university and a French aerospace company will collaborate to develop aviation education and related research in the UAE, involving industrial experience and advanced technology.
The Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi and Dassault Aviation signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for academic cooperation and to facilitate and implement various activities including student internships, research, academic programs, capacity building and development.
Dr. Majed Al Khemeiri, Vice-Chancellor for Administration at Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi, signed the agreement on behalf of Vice-Chancellor Professor Silvia Serrano, and Philippe Perrin, Executive Vice-President of Dassault Aviation International, on behalf of Chairman and CEO Eric Trappier.
The MoU will provide students with unique opportunities to participate in internships, research and development projects, capacity building programmes, scientific lectures, seminars, conferences, exhibitions, career fairs, career and research days, competitions and other relevant events.
The MoU will serve as an effective platform for both parties to come together to share knowledge, resources and expertise to further advance the field of aviation education and research.
Prof Serrano said the signing of the MoU is in line with the university’s mission to foster partnerships with organizations in different sectors, exchange knowledge and create opportunities for students to develop their skills and expertise.
“This MoU aims to support innovation and equip students with the essential knowledge and skills they need to succeed in their career paths. Furthermore, the initiative will ensure that international higher education standards set by the Sorbonne Abu Dhabi University are met while ensuring Educational programs remain responsive to the real needs of the job market,” Professor Serrano said.
As a manufacturer of military aircraft and business jets, Dassault Aviation has proven dual expertise.
“Dassault Aviation has been contributing to the development of human capital in the UAE for over 20 years by enhancing local capabilities, enhancing knowledge and technical and industrial skills,” Perrin noted.
“This MoU demonstrates our determination to carry out joint high-tech R&D projects and scientific lectures in key technology areas and high value-added areas to support the UAE in the long term, through its most distinguished institutions, for the emergence of talent and fulfillment among young people,” Perrin added.