University of Cincinnati and University of Bordeaux Launch of Collaborative Aero-System Operations Degree Program

By: Ashley Duvelius
Date: July 11, 2016

A partnership between the UC College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS) and the University of Bordeaux/IMA (UBx) offers a collaborative Master of Engineering degree and international University diploma focusing on aerospace systems and aircraft operations.

UC CEAS Dean Teik C. Lim and UBx President Manuel Tunon de Lara sign the articulation agreement in Bordeaux on July 6, 2016. Photo Courtesy of Hugues Bretheau /SAM/ Univ Bordeaux.

UC CEAS Dean Teik C. Lim and UBx President Manuel Tunon de Lara sign the articulation agreement in Bordeaux on July 6, 2016. Photo Courtesy of Hugues Bretheau /SAM/ Univ Bordeaux.

Farnborough, UK, July 11, 2016 At the Farnborough International Airshow taking place this week, the unique dual enrollment program, centered on the UC Master of Engineering degree and the UBx international University diploma, will be announced. This announcement follows the agreement signing in Bordeaux by University of Cincinnati College of Engineering and Applied Science Dean, Teik C. Lim and University of Bordeaux President, Manuel Tunon de Lara.  

Under this new agreement, as of September 2017, students may concurrently pursue and graduate with both a UC Master of Engineering degree and a UBx international University diploma in Aero-Systems Operations (AESOP). The one-year program brings together UBx expertise in aeronautical maintenance and operations with UC expertise in aerospace propulsion and systems, as well as excellence in interdisciplinary research from both universities.

Students will follow their fall semester in Cincinnati and their spring semester in Bordeaux to obtain an experiential-based, personalized degree. As graduates, they will be skilled engineers with a wide-range of professional capabilities ready to excel within the realm of aircraft design and lifecycle management. 

As one of the UC-UBx flagship collaboration projects, AESOP was originally part of a larger institutional vision spearheaded by a UC delegation to UBx led by UC Interim President Beverly Davenport in Fall 2015.  

“UBx and UC are both at the forefront of education and research, making our strategic partnership a natural fit. Our universities wanted to provide this aeronautics opportunity to engineering students around the world and both institutions have worked diligently to make it a reality.  Seeing AESOP come to fruition only further affirms that, together, we will stimulate ongoing innovation,” said UC Interim President Beverly Davenport.

The global launch ceremony for the new collaborative degree program will be held at the Farnborough International Airshow in England on July 12, 2016. Sponsored by Makino and JobsOhio, the ceremony will feature presentations by: UC CEAS Dean Lim, UBx Deputy Vice-President for International Relations Laurent Servant, Makino President Don Lane, ENAC (Ecole Nationale de l'Aviation Civile) Project Coordinator Giovanni Simonetti, Head of UC CEAS Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics (AEEM) Paul Orkwis, and UC CEAS AEEM Professor Kelly Cohen.

Farnborough is a biennial event combining a major trade exhibition for the aerospace and defense industries with a public airshow. In 2014, it welcomed over 100,000 visitors (representing 53 countries) and exhibitors from 39 countries. In 2016, a 71% international participation is expected.

UC CEAS Dean Lim said “The collaborative degree program shows a level of commitment to the development of technical and professional skills that would impress any aerospace engineering employer. Students – and potential employers –benefit from the knowledge gained from faculties at two top institutions. With the increasing globalization of the technical workforce, degrees that span institutions and provide an international perspective are particularly valuable.” 

Olivier Puissant, UBx Aeronautic Program Manager, added “Our commitment is to provide training which suits the needs and expectations of stakeholders in the aeronautics industry. This is why our industrial partners are involved in every step of the design and creation of our courses. To remain at the forefront of technological developments, AESOP is strongly involved in joint research projects regarding topics related to Aircraft Lifecycle Management.”

University of Cincinnati and University of Bordeaux celebrate the AESOP articulation agreement signing.

University of Cincinnati and University of Bordeaux celebrate the AESOP articulation agreement signing.

University of Cincinnati
The University of Cincinnati is one of America’s top public research universities with its highest enrollment in history – more than 42,500 students. U.S. News & World Report ranks 34 of UC’s programs in the top 50 in the nation. UC also is the founder of the world’s first cooperative education program.

University of Bordeaux
With 53,000 students, 4,000 researchers and lecturers, and 1,600 staff members, the University of Bordeaux is one of the leading French public research and higher education institutions, located in a dynamic and culturally rich, fast-developing region. Ranked among the top universities in France, the University of Bordeaux is renowned for the quality of its academic courses and research. It is a multi-disciplinary, research-focused institution with a strong ambition to develop as a leading, international campus. The University of Bordeaux is leading a competitive development program in partnership with local higher education institutes and national research organizations, in order to promote Bordeaux as a “Campus of Excellence”. 

 

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