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[Trinidad] UTT launches its Aviation Campus

Unread post by bimjim » Sat Sep 05, 2015

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[Trinidad] UTT launches its Aviation Campus
Sue-Ann Wayow
Sep 3, 2015

The University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT) officially launched its Aviation campus on Wednesday, two years after it began offering courses in aviation.

Curtis Manchoon, UTT's Chairman said the cost of the campus will be $92 million when fully completed and construction was expected to be completed at the venue at Camden, Couva by October.

Manchoon said there was a need for aviation training and UTT moved in to fill that void.

In May 2012, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed amongst several state agencies signifying growth in the aviation industry.

Aviation classes are being conducted at the UTT's Point Lisas Campus and at the National Helicopter Services Limited (NHSL) site in Couva.

Manchoon told the Express: "In 2013, we conducted a UTT feasibility study on a needs analysis for training in the aviation industry looking at demand and based on that, we actually went ahead and we launched a certificate in aviation maintenance. ?

The campus, a 39,000 square feet facility was built on at least 10 acres of land in Camden and will have a main hangar, classrooms, boardrooms and administrative offices. Construction began in January this year. UTT was given 20 acres on which to develop its campus and some land still needed to be cleared Manchoon said.

On August 7, the Boeing 727 jet, the 9Y-UTT arrived at the campus and will be used for training. The jet was given by FedEx to the Civil Aviation Authority who then donated it to UTT.

Minister of Tertiary Eduation and Skills Training Fazal Karim said then that Dr. Michael Dowlath and his team from the Accreditation Council of Trinidad and Tobago (ACTT) had completed a quality assessment to ensure that the aviation-related programmes to be offered by UTT would be GATE-approved.

The campus is a result of a partnership amongst several state agencies including Caribbean Airlines, the Trinidad and Tobago Civil Aviation Authority and the National Training Agency (NTA) the National Helicopter Services Limited, the Trinidad and Tobago Air Guard and the MIC Institute of Technology.

Manchoon said: ?We still have some work to be done. Simple things like the air-condition still has to go in , maybe some electrical and that kind of thing but the main campus, we have outfitted it with furniture and so on, so there are finishing touches."

The university was also in the process of staffing and accreditation of courses he said.

UTT is offering the Bachelor of Science in Aircraft Maintenance and Management this year, along with professional development programmes. Flight training programmes are also expected to be added to the aviation programme.

Soon, 25 UTT students will graduate with the nation's first certificate in aviation technology, Manchoon added.

Karim and former Member of Parliament for Couva South Rudranath Indarsingh also attended the launch on Wednesday.

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