Partnerships & Competitions Inspiring the next generation

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.

Discover the Airbus Global University Partner Programme (AGUPP) 2016 Report.

Watch the best-of video of the 5th Annual Meeting of the Airbus Global University Partner Programme that took place in Toulouse in April 2017

University delegates on a tour of the A350 Final Assembly Line

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

Thanks to the Economic Development Board programme, Ernest Tan, student at Nanyang Technological University, is doing his PhD at Airbus Innovations.

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 team lead from The University of Hong Kong Award Ceremony

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. 

Learn more about the challenge

The Airbus Airnovation Summer Academy

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

Team Naist, winners of the 2016 Airbus Shopfloor challenge

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

GEDC Airbus Diversity Award 2013 - 2017

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.


2014 ARGUS award's winners

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.

For further details on ARGUS, please click here (PDF file - 2MB)

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.

Alouette Association

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' mentors pass along their knowledge to the new generation.

Elles Bougent

Airbus and other leading companies of the aerospace industry introduced 150 secondary and high school female students to the world of aerospace during the Elles Bougent event at the 2015 Paris Airshow.

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.