ALTA and Universidad Tecnológica de Panamá signed Cooperation Agreement
Panama, July 11, 2019 – The Latin American and the Caribbean Air Transport Association (ALTA) and Universidad Tecnológica de Panamá (UTP) signed an Agreement on Academic, Scientific and Cultural Cooperation in Panama City to promote programs of common interest for the sustainable development of professionals in the aviation industry in Panama.
According to the Rector of the UTP, Eng. Héctor M. Montemayor Á., this relationship that seals the University with ALTA is very important because it allows the Aviation School of the UTP to continue strengthening its role as a human capital trainer in the aviation sector, not only for Panama but also for the region, taking into account that the country has become a global Logistics Hub, especially in the aviation area.
“The agreement represents an opportunity for the UTP, since it allows it to promote scholarships with a gender focus, since it will promote the preparation of women who wish to study at the School of Mechanical Engineering of the UTP, professions related to aviation: Technician in Flight Dispatch and Technician in Engines and Fuselages, the Degree in Aviation Administration and the Degree in Administration Option to Flight”, said the Rector.
Eng. Montemayor added that, due to the excellent relationship that ALTA has with the global aeronautical industry, it will be possible to know firsthand what the market needs, update the curricula and create joint strategies to attract students from all Central America.
Luis Felipe de Oliveira, ALTA’s Executive Director & CEO, commented that “aviation is a highly specialized and interesting market for technological careers. This cooperation agreement represents the union of efforts between the industry and academia for the development of programs and initiatives that will contribute to the education of highly qualified professionals for the aeronautical sector, which will make it possible for us to be prepared to duplicate safely and efficiently air traffic in the region within the next 10 years. ”
This agreement 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.
“For the past 16 years, the UTP has had a School of Aviation, of which 639 professionals have graduated with double degrees, from the Universidad Tecnológica de Panamá and the Florida Institute of Technology (FIT)”, said the Rector. The Universidad Tecnológica de Panamá is, according to the QS Ranking, the best in the country, has 37 years of experience and recognition as an institution guided by social commitment, excellence, relevance, equity and transparency in Panama.
“Panama is the seventh-largest aviation market in Latin America and the Caribbean – measured in ASKs – with a 20.3 million seat capacity in 2018, accounting for 4.9% of the total in the region. Passenger traffic has been growing at an annual average of 4.5% and the number of transit passengers has been growing at an annual average of 22.5%. These are really important figures for aviation in Latin America and the Caribbean and the prospects are very positive, especially with the inauguration of the T2 that will increase by 50% the capacity of the Tocumen International Airport, to serve 25 million passengers. Panama is an important aviation hub and ALTA, as an association with headquarters in this country, wants to contribute to the development of highly trained professionals who can meet the growing demand of passengers in the country,” de Oliveira concluded
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