Concordia's Thursday Report

Vol. 29, No.2

September 23, 2004


JMSB will deliver Aviation MBA to major aviation university in Beijing


Concordia University's John Molson School of Business is striking a partnership with Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, School of Economics and Management (BUAA-SEM), the leading aviation university in China, to offer aviation management training.

The JMSB will deliver a minimum of five courses per year in China. It will also supply a portion of its Aviation MBA Program to BUAA-SEM students via the Global Executive format. This is a combination of on-campus sessions in Montreal and distance training using communications technology developed by the JMSB.

Dale Doreen, Executive Director of the JMSB’s International Centre for Aviation Management and Research, said in his announcement, “Deregulation, privatization and intense global competition in the aviation industry have led to a critical need for aviation management training.

“More and more companies are realizing that in order to remain viable entities in this volatile industry, managers and decision-makers must have advanced training in aviation management.”

The John Molson School of Business was a pioneer in the field, offering the Aviation MBA in 1992 in partnership with IATA, the Montreal-based International Air Transport Association, to provide graduate-level training in aviation management.

Since then, the curriculum has evolved to integrate aviation management training relevant to a broad range of aviation companies and organizations such as airports, civil aviation authorities and, manufacturers and suppliers.

The MBA program is offered in two formats: the resident format, which requires full-time studies in Montreal, or the global executive format, which allows students to maintain their full-time careers. In response to market demands the JMSB will offer a graduate diploma and a graduate certificate in aviation management as of September 2005.

BUAA, founded in 1952, was one of the first 22 universities in China and is considered one of the country's key universities.