Airbus invests in education in the communities we support, sharing our passion for science in general and aerospace in particular.
The Airbus Global University Partner Programme
Bringing industry and education together, the Airbus Global University Partner Programme connects a global network of universities to develop the engineers of the future.
The programme currently covers 21 universities in 11 countries, each of which is supported by an Airbus employee acting as an ambassador for the company. Over the course of 2017, Airbus is looking to further expand its AGUPP network, adding five more partner universities.
Partner universities in 11 countries training 120,000+ engineers of the future
Employees are part of the global company-wide campus team supporting the programme
Students interacting with Airbus staff during the year
Members on the Airbus social network for university relations
From April 19th to 21st, nearly 30 representatives from 20 partner universities around the world and 70 Airbus employees gathered at the Airbus Headquarters in Toulouse for the 5th Annual Meeting of the Airbus Global University Partner Programme (AGUPP) during which they participated in presentations and workshops on competencies, innovation and diversity.
The example of our collaboration with Nanyang Technological University in Singapore
In Singapore, many of Airbus Innovations’ projects are performed in close cooperation with Nanyang Technological University (NTU), the National University of Singapore and the Singapore University of Technology & Design.
Projects include an agreement between Airbus Defence and Space and NTU to study high-capacity satellite transmissions. This will create greater growth opportunities for operators through the use of multi-beam and multi-satellite systems.
Competitions & Challenges
Airbus Fly Your Ideas
Fly Your Ideas is a unique global student challenge. Teams from all academic profiles are invited to innovate with Airbus and UNESCO for the sustainable future of aviation.
The Airbus Airnovation Summer Academy
Last year, the first edition of the Airbus Airnovation Summer Academy took place from 3 to 8 July 2016 at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft). The first edition of this exciting initiative was one of the flagship events of the Airbus University Partner Programme (AGUPP), and was launched in partnership with Airbus Corporate Innovations and Airbus Employment Marketing, and in cooperation with TU Delft, one of the 20 AGUPP partner universities.
The Airbus Shopfloor Challenge at ICRA 2016
The Airbus Shopfloor Challenge invited robotics teams from around the world to create innovative robotic solutions for a real-life manufacturing challenge, and compete live at the IEEE 2016 International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) 15-21 May 2016 in Stockholm, Sweden.
Awards and Sponsorships to recognise excellence
GEDC Airbus Diversity Award
The GEDC Airbus Diversity Award aims to shine a light on successful projects which have encouraged more young people of all profiles and backgrounds to study and succeed in engineering. The award was developed and funded by Airbus in partnership with the GEDC, the leading international organisation for leaders of schools and colleges of engineering education. For this fifth anniversary edition, the award has been placed under UNESCO patronage.
2016 Award – Seoul, South Korea
Airbus and the Global Engineering Deans Council (GEDC), named Dr Yacob Astatke, from Morgan State University in the USA, as the recipient of the 2016 GEDC Airbus Diversity Award for his work in engineering education. The Award ceremony took place during the GEDC and World Engineering Education Forum (WEEF) conference in Seoul, South Korea.
Out of a total of 40 candidates from 17 countries, Dr Yacob Astatke was selected as the award recipient for his impressive introduction of technology and training initiatives across universities in Ethiopia to improve the delivery of engineering education in Africa. For the past 13 years, he conducted graduate courses, sharing best practice and delivering training. He led the implementation of Mobile Studio Technology and pedagogy in five universities in Ethiopia and has been instrumental in facilitating the donation of equipment and other resources.
2015 Award – Adelaide, Australia
Three candidates, from 29 applications worldwide, were selected as finalists for the 3rd GEDC Airbus Diversity Award. On 1 December 2015, Airbus and the Global Engineering Deans Council (GEDC) named Professor Fadi Aloul of the American University of Sharjah (AUS) in the United Arab Emirates recipient of the 2015 Award for Diversity in Engineering Education.
Professor Aloul was selected as the Award recipient for his key role in developing a common first-year programme at the AUS, which introduces undergraduate students to the engineering profession, stimulating their critical thinking, creativity and innovation. To date, over 10,000 students from 92 nationalities have taken part, with an average of 35 percent female students.
2014 Award – Dubai, UAE
Three finalists were selected from over 20 candidates from 12 countries for the 2014 Award. They presented their ideas before a distinguished evaluation committee at the World Engineering Education Forum (WEEF) in Dubai. Their selection criteria focused on the measureable success of the initiative, the transferability of the idea and the potential to inspire others.
Marita Cheng was selected as the recipient of the 2014 GEDC Airbus Diversity Award at the World Engineering Education Forum (WEEF) in Dubai on 3rd December 2014. She received $10,000 USD to support and develop her work in this field.
2013 Award – Chicago, USA
The GEDC and Airbus recognised three inspiring finalists in 2013. Over 20 individuals from universities in 12 countries around the world were nominated for their work to increase diversity amongst the global engineering student body.
Ana Lazarin from Wichita State University, USA, was announced as recipient of the Award on Monday 21 October at a gala dinner dedicated to diversity in engineering, which took place at the famous Art Institute of Chicago. She was selected for her outreach, recruitment and retention programmes which resulted in a 91% increase in the number of under-represented minority students and a significant increase in diversity in engineering education at the College of Engineering at Washington State University over the previous 5 years.
Airbus Defence and Space encourages the link between science and commercial application, seeing it as a driver of innovation. Every year, the ARGUS Science Award honours outstanding Bachelor’s/Master’s and Diploma theses in the field of telecommunications and high-frequency technology.
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Work Experience for school pupils in the UK
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Partnering with Education associations
Airbus works with the global education community to support the development of internationally minded students with the skills we have identified as important for our business in the future.
GEDC & IFEES
Airbus is a corporate member of the Global Engineering Deans Council. GEDC members are individuals responsible for setting the agenda for higher education in engineering in their countries and universities. The GEDC Airbus Diversity Award is a joint initiative which recognises individuals and initiatives that have succeeded in increasing diversity amongst the engineering student body worldwide.
IFEES works with a large number of member societies to establish effective engineering education of high quality around the world to assure a global supply of well-prepared engineering graduates and Airbus has been a member since 2012. The organisation plays an active role in organising the World Engineering Education Forum and our representative, Rachel Schroeder, Head of Employment Marketing (Airbus) and Employment Marketing Strategy (Airbus) is the co-chair of the 2015 event.
In a project from the Alouette association, students at the Lycée Aristide Briand, in the northeastern suburbs of Paris, learn technical skills while restoring old aircraft. Retired Airbus Helicopter employees support the training of the students which takes place during the academic year.
Airbus is an equal opportunities employer and aims to hire a minimum of 20% of women across all divisions annually. We are focusing efforts on facilitating access for women in areas where they are currently underrepresented.
To help achieve this, we have developed a comprehensive range of activities to promote jobs in aeronautics and space to women. These initiatives include site visits, airshow tours and events that allow female employees to help increase awareness and reinforce the attractiveness of the aerospace industry to women: forums, conferences and seminars organized by educational institutions (for example the Summer School of the International Institute of Women in Engineering).
Les Cordées de la Réussite
Les Cordées de la Réussite is a network of partnerships established between one or more institutions of higher education and with second-level high schools or other colleges.
What unites them is their shared objective to promote equal opportunities and to encourage young people into higher education. This is achieved through multiple activities, including tutoring and academic support, or help with accommodation and learning aids.
The initiative is led by young people within higher education institutions, who aim to tackle the cultural or other barriers faced by their peers considering higher education. Leading companies like Airbus become part of the ‘chain’ by offering support including mock job interviews, internships and mentoring.