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Aviation Regulator and Dublin City University signs cooperation agreement

15 Jun 2023
  • Agreement sets out long term partnership between the IAA and DCU Business School
  • Aims to create best-in-class aviation educational environment for students and industry professionals
  • Establishes platform to develop research projects in air transport management

DCU, one of the world’s leading academic institutions, has today signed a cooperation agreement with the Irish Aviation Authority, Ireland’s aviation regulator. The agreement covers a range of shared commitments to aviation education and research excellence.

This collaborative partnership between the internationally acclaimed Irish university and one of the worlds leading aviation regulators, will pave the way for a leading-edge educational platform, which can work internationally and domestically to develop excellence in aviation training and education.

Ireland is home to some of the world’s most innovative and progressive aviation companies. The research experience of the University and the industry knowledge of the Regulator will leverage this expertise and provide a unique opportunity for the further development of the sector both locally and internationally.

Dominic Elliott, Executive Dean, DCU Business School said:

“This significant new industry-academic collaboration demonstrates DCU's commitment to excellence in teaching and research in aviation management. The agreement marks an extension of our relationship with the IAA. It aims to nurture a new generation of aviation managers and leaders. We aim to work together, to advance aviation research and practice. A key aim is to support our students and industry professionals develop the knowledge and skillset to achieve transformative change in the aviation industry in Ireland and beyond.”

The Chief Executive of the Irish Aviation Authority, Declan Fitzpatrick welcomed the agreement as a sign of a maturing market for aviation excellence in education.

“This agreement will, I hope, pave the way to marry the aviation industry expertise in Ireland and the excellence of our education partners to further enhance the sector both here and internationally.

From the leasing and finance sector to the pilots, air traffic controllers and engineers who keep our skies and runways safe, Ireland is home to some of the world’s leading aviation experts. With all of the change occurring in the industry, now is the time to work together in education and research and future-proof the industry in Ireland for future generations.”


Media contacts:

Niamh O’Doherty, DCU – 0851463683

Alec Elliott, Irish Aviation Authority – 0877064018

DCU Business School

DCU Business School is a double accredited, internationally focused business school, whose globally ranked programmes offer clear routes to career progression in a wide range of business areas. Our internationally respected academic faculty have thought leadership, industry experience and deep, active, research expertise that ensures our courses stay at the cutting edge.

Irish Aviation Authority

The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) is a commercial semi-state company (Designated Activity Company) and the single civil aviation regulator for Ireland. The IAA is responsible for the regulation of safety, security and consumer interests. The company's responsibilities are set out in the framework of applicable global, European and national legislation/regulation.