Atlântica – Instituto Universitário strengthens its commitment to the Aeronautics and Civil Aviation sector in order to respond to the need to train new professionals. The institution also intends to strengthen the skills of existing professional staff and increase their training in new materials and technologies related to the sector.
Atlântica – Instituto Universitário wants to position itself at the forefront of the recovery of the aviation and aeronautics sector, with a restructured and strengthened commitment.
In 2022, the industry, which is already showing clear signs of recovery, is expected to grow to higher levels than in 2019. In this context, Atlântica aims to train a new generation of professionals in the sector and strengthen the skills of existing professional staff.
Therefore, and in line with the national and European plan, the institution seeks to be part of the recovery of the economy, by focusing on people. It also intends to increase its presence in the aeronautics and space industry, especially in the area of new materials and technologies.
Atlântica began investing in Aeronautics and Civil Aviation when the sector, on a global scale, was struggling with an unprecedented level of growth. The need for qualified staff in this period was one of the biggest constraints for aircraft manufacturers, airlines, airports and others.
Now, at a time when the aviation industry once again has good prospects for post-pandemic growth, the University Institute wants to contribute to the need that this recovery foresees.
Atlântica – Instituto Universitário is part of the AED Cluster Portugal which estimates, in the next five years, to double its contribution to GDP from 1.2% to 3%. The cluster represents around a hundred companies, employs around 18,500 people and 87% of its turnover comes from exports.
Taking into account growth expectations, and to keep up with innovation in the sector, the institution, based in Oeiras, has created new Licentiate Degrees, Master’s Degrees and Doctorates. The creation of these courses was accompanied by a significant investment in new laboratory equipment, which is essential for quality learning centred on “know-how”.
The interaction between university education and the business world is an aspect to be highlighted in the Institute’s strategy, which offers students the opportunity to interact with companies in the area, right from the first year of their degree. Internships, which take place throughout the courses, are an essential added value for future professionals.
In parallel, Atlântica has established partnerships with various national entities in order to complement the training of its employees and to strengthen relations between the academic and business worlds.
The signs of recovery are evident, with several European and North American airlines resuming their orders for new aircraft. At the same time, all over the world, new processes for recruiting crews and aircraft maintenance technicians have been set in motion.
In this context, the partnerships that Atlântica has established with certified training organisations to train pilots and cabin crew, seek to consolidate the university-company relationship, which is in the Institute’s DNA.
Finally, with the aim of taking the spotlight on the international scene, it also established training partnerships with groups operating on the African and Asian markets.