The aviation industry is one of the most attractive for a career as the ability to fly is the eternal dream of mankind! Furthermore, if you wish to work in aviation, there is no need to have a pilot’s license. The aviation industry requires a large number of professionals to manage the organization of flights, including airport managers, heads of airline department, those responsible for ensuring the safe operation and repair of aircraft, and a substantial number of qualified process managers, among other positions. All of these occupations are named together under the umbrella term “Aviation Management.”
The best success in the management of aviation organizations will be achieved with a Professional Master’s Degree in Aviation Management. Aviation managers control and coordinate the processes so that flights are made to the directions passengers need and without delays; so that it is convenient and not boring for travellers to wait for their flight at a comfortable airport. Managers organize fast and accurate aircraft maintenance – flight safety depends on this work. Travelers learn about travel opportunities through the efforts of airline marketing managers. After receiving a diploma, opportunities open up to work in a wide range of specialties, for example:
- Head of the commercial department of the airport
- Airline Marketing Manager
- Aircraft Maintenance and Repair Manager
- Air Transportation Management Specialist
- Air Cargo Manager
According to Ilya Podkolzin, Accountable Manager of Airline Support Baltic, Latvia is just the starting point for the Aviation Managers and the whole world is open and available for them.
Why study aviation management at TSI in Latvia?
The Transport and Telecommunication Institute (Transporta un Sakaru Instituts, TSI) is located in the capital of Latvia, Riga. TSI is the successor to the legendary Institute of Civil Aviation Engineers (RKIIGA), a world-recognized university that educated personnel for civil aviation in 80 countries. All the traditions of the highest level of education, the entire research potential and the wide world community of aviation professionals, formed over a hundred years of experience, still serve one big goal today – the training of highly qualified specialists for civil aviation.
To combine decades of experience and the world standard of British education, the Transport and Telecommunication Institute has partnered with the University of the West of England (UWE), Bristol to create a unique professional double degree Master’s program in Aviation Management and Sustainability. British higher education is famous throughout the world for its creative and motivating environment that helps students become the best. UWE Bristol has risen to the 21st place in the UK in the latest annual Guardian University Rankings, guaranteeing a high quality and globally recognized diploma.
What is “Aviation Management and Sustainability” studies?
The program was created with the support of leading professionals in the aviation industry. Participants in its creation, and now they are delivering lectures: representatives of state regulators that determine the work of the aviation industry, commercial directors of airports, heads of operational and repair centers, as well as training centers of airports. For example, Professor Romano Pagliari, an expert on the board of directors of London Luton Airport, shared his experience of airport management with students. And as a subject of free choice, students can take the course “Big Data” by Professor Neil Rubens, a senior scientist of one of the three largest world financial corporations.
The professional Aviation Management and Sustainability Master’s program is unique in the Baltic Sea Region, and there are only a few Master’s programs worldwide that train aviation managers.
Language of instruction: English
Duration: 1,5 – 2 years (depending on professional experience)
The modules on the program are selected to cover the entire range of knowledge that will be needed by mid-level and top-level airline executives. Lectures are offered on aviation legislation, airport management, aviation security, marketing, financial management, aircraft maintenance and repair, data analytics and project management.
One of the goals of the program “Aviation Management and Sustainability” is the ability to see aviation from the inside, gain or expand work experience, and obtain new professional connections. All this is provided by 312 hours of professional training at airports and other aviation companies, for example, at Riga International Airport.
It is impossible to underestimate the professional connections that are made among fellow students. A large number of top and middle managers from aviation companies in Europe and the world study on the program. The atmosphere of student life, joint lectures, practice, emotions after exams, scientific disputes translates into a long friendship, which undoubtedly helps in a professional career; Artur Saveljev, Commercial Director of Riga International Airport and a lecturer at the Aviation Management program, also confirmed this in a recent discussion during a recent discussion of aviation experts at TSI.
What Sustainability Means for an Aviation Manager
The Master’s Program in Aviation Management and Sustainability aims to train aviation managers with a focus on sustainability in aviation development, which is especially important in the period both of a pandemic and after it. As both Arturs Kokars, Director of Aviation department at Ministry of Transport of Latvia and Vyacheslav Cheglatonyev, Commercial Director of Odessa International Airport (Ukraine) and a graduate of TSI claimed in the recent aviation experts’ discussion at TSI, the pandemic is not just a challenge, it could also be an opportunity for better changes. To support this vision, the Aviation Management and Sustainability program envisages adherence to the UN sustainable development criteria and gives knowledge and skills, which affect how economic aspects in aviation are covered in the module “Strategic management and change management in aviation”, as well as social and ecological aspects (for example, in the course “Quality and safety management in aviation”).
The professional double degree Master’s Program Aviation Management and Sustainability is a unique opportunity to pursue a career in aviation with a diploma combining TSI’s 100 years of aviation education experience with the globally recognized quality of British education in UWE.
Mg. oec. Olga Zervina, Director of the Programme