In a significant stride towards enhancing academic excellence and industry collaboration, The Copperbelt University (CBU) welcomed a delegation from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) in an insightful visit aimed at fostering a partnership in the field of Aviation.

The delegation, comprising the Board of Directors and Management from the CAA, engaged in productive deliberations with CBU management, staff and students regarding potential collaboration avenues. The focus primarily rested on bridging the gap between academia and industry by offering industrial training opportunities, certification and licencing for students aspiring for careers in aviation including in the fields of aeronautical engineering, aircraft maintenance and others.

CBU Acting Vice Chancellor Professor Paul Chisale, expressed enthusiasm about the prospect of partnering with the Civil Aviation Authority.

‘This visit marks a key moment for our university as we seek to enrich the learning experience of our students and align our academic programs with the dynamic needs of the aviation industry. Collaboration with esteemed organizations like the CAA not only enhances our curriculum but also provides invaluable practical exposure to our students.’

CAA Board Chairperson Dr Patrick Nkhoma, emphasized the importance of nurturing talent and fostering industry-academia collaboration in order for Zambia to reclaim its former glory as the centre for civil aviation in the region. He stated, ‘The aviation industry is constantly evolving, and there is a growing demand for skilled professionals in various domains of aeronautical engineering. By partnering with institutions like CBU, we can collectively contribute towards nurturing a talent pool equipped to address the evolving needs of the aviation sector.’

The proposed partnership aims to facilitate industrial training programs for students enrolled in Aeronautical Engineering programme at CBU. Under this initiative, students will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience and practical insights into the details of aviation operations, maintenance, and engineering practices. This real-world exposure is expected to complement theoretical learning and equip students with the skills and competencies required to excel in the aviation sector.

The proposed collaboration between CBU and the CAA underscores a shared commitment to advancing education, research, and innovation in the field of Aviation. As discussions progress, both institutions are optimistic about the prospect of forging a mutually beneficial partnership that will not only benefit students but also contribute to the overall development of the aviation industry in Zambia.

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