ALTA and IAWA provide scholarships to aviation students in Panama

Panama, November 26, 2019 – The Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association (ALTA) and the International Aviation Women’s Association (IAWA) awarded with economic support six women students of aviation technical careers at the Universidad Tecnológica de Panamá (UTP, Technological University of Panama).

As a result of an Academic, Scientific and Cultural Cooperation Agreement signed between ALTA and UTP last July 10th in Panama City to promote programs of common interest for the sustainable development of professionals in the aviation industry in Panama, both institutions agreed the delivery of scholarships to six students with the best academic performance in the careers of Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Technician and Flight Dispatch Technician, with the support of IAWA.

“ALTA is proud to partner with IAWA to support women studying technical careers in Panama to complete their programs. On this first edition of scholarship, six students were benefited, and we make a call on all UTP women studying aviation technical careers to continue improving their academic performance and receive future scholarships. Aviation is a highly specialized industry and we see with great satisfaction the commitment of the UTP students; I am sure that we will soon see great professionals contributing to the development of aviation not only in Panama but in the region,” expressed Luis Felipe de Oliveira, Executive Director and CEO of ALTA.

According to the International Society of Women Pilots and IATA data, women only represent 5% of total airline pilots and about 3% of CEOs in aviation are women. Alina Nassar, President of IAWA, commented “IAWA is a global organization that promotes the advancement and positioning of women in aviation and aerospace, working for a more equitable and inclusive industry. Undoubtedly, supporting the training of talent that the industry demands for its growth and providing the platforms to boost the future leadership of that talent is fundamental within the mission of IAWA. Our student scholarship programs allow us to actively contribute to the development and progress of aviation”.

During the award ceremony, the Dean of UTP, Ing. Héctor M. Montemayor Á, expressed great satisfaction: “It is an extremely important moment because it allows the Universidad Tecnológica de Panamá to meet its goals and objectives. We want to thank the representatives of ALTA and IAWA for their cooperation with our students and our university”.

A Study conducted by Korn Ferry, IAWA, IATA, AIA, A4A, ACI, and CANSO with 2,400 employees of aviation companies on early 2019, showed that three of the main challenges hindering the advancement of women in aviation are: lack of representation, lack of inclusive corporate structures and lack of inclusive behavior.

“At ALTA we are convinced of the importance on having a more diverse industry, which recognizes that professionalism, creativity and inclusiveness will generate development in our companies and society. With this program we want to recognize young women who decided to pursue their dreams and goals, we want to encourage their skills to begin a successful career in aviation. Today we invited women and men students to continue striving and improving their academic results with the objective of opting to participate in the ALTA CCMA & MRO Conference in May 2020, our maintenance and technical purchasing conference, so they get to know at first hand the main suppliers of the industry and the professional field. We are sure that it will give the two winning students of this recognition (a man and a woman) a valuable opportunity”, de Oliveira said.

The agreement signed in July 2019 includes information exchange and technology transfer, development of joint programs and projects, as well as seminars and talks, among other initiatives to support the student and the development of the aeronautical sector in Panama. ALTA and IAWA will continue developing close alliances to support young women in Panama and generate more meeting spaces for executive women in the industry to make aviation a more inclusive and diverse industry.

About ALTA
ALTA is a private non-profit association serving the airline industry whose objective is to develop a safer, more efficient, and sustainable aviation in Latin America and the Caribbean. ALTA coordinates collaborative efforts throughout the entire value chain maximizing the impact that aviation has on the economic and social growth of the region for the benefit of industry, nations, and populations served by air transport.


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