First aviation university launched in Bangladesh

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Minister of Education, Dipu Moni, inaugurated the academic activities on Monday at its temporary campus in Dhaka

The academic activities of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Aviation and Aerospace University (BSMRAAU) started on Monday with the aim of promoting aeronautical and aerospace studies in the country. 

BSMRAAU, which is the country’s first aviation university, was established last year.

Minister of Education, Dipu Moni, inaugurated the academic activities on Monday at its temporary campus in Dhaka.

Directing the authorities of BSMRAAU to focus on research based activities to achieve vision 2041, Dipu Moni said she hopes the newly established university will produce highly skilled human resources to fully take advantage of the 4th industrial revolution.

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

Quoting from past personal experience, she warned the authorities to maintain its core values focusing on specialized subjects rather than secondary ones.

BSMRAAU Vice Chancellor (VC) Air Vice-Marshal AHM Fazlul Haque, at the inauguration ceremony, 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 in Tejgaon. However, the VC said they are confident about building an international standard permanent campus in Lalmonirhat very soon.

Deputy Education Minister Mohibul Hasan Chowdhury Nowfel said: “We are working with PPP (public-private partnership) to make advancements in several industrial sectors.”

Recalling his childhood memories of watching the lunar mission on television in 1969, Air Marshal Masihuzzaman Serniabat said the establishment of such a research based university seems like a dream come true.

With the approval and guidance  of the University Grants Commission (UGC), the university is starting its academic program with Bachelor of Science courses in Aeronautics, and Masters of Business Administration in Aviation Management.

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 was 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.

Students will be able to study aircraft construction, repair, satellite construction and launching, alongside opportunities to conduct aerospace research.

The education minister placed a bill for the university in the national parliament following Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s idea, which was passed on 28 February, 2019.