“Our vision for 2025 is to be a highly valued training and development
partner to our interest groups, but since aviation is an international
field by its very nature, the academy will also need to internationalise
more in terms of both its academic staff and its activities,” said
Estonian Aviation Academy rector Koit Kaskel in presenting the academy’s
strategy to members of the Estonian Aviation Cluster.
Clear focal points have been set for the implementation of the
vision. “Our emphasis over the next five years will be on five things: cooperation, which is to say proactive communication; flexibility, which is to say diverse learning opportunities; innovation, which is to say new technology; internationalisation, which is to say English-language studies and academic mobility; and exports,”
Kaskel explained. The rector says that the plan is to focus on new
forms of technology linked to smart specialisation, especially in the
fields of unmanned flight and integrated air traffic control, which in
and of themselves involve much greater knowledge and are closely linked
to digitalisation. As a result, the academy should become the leading
centre of excellence in the local region.
Cluster’s manager Kristo Reinsalu emphasised that the support and
cooperation of everyone in the cluster are of critical importance in
implementing the vision. “The only way we’ll become an aviation nation
that other countries take seriously is by working together,”
he said. Kaskel added that the academy must be the first place
companies turn to if they need new services to be developed or require
The Estonian Aviation Academy’s strategy also outlines the introduction of lifelong learning in aviation.
This is important to both students and companies and means creating
opportunities to learn new skills and knowledge in standard-determining,
in-service and retraining studies one module at a time, with each
module being limited in size but logically linked to all other modules.
Kaskel added that in order not only to maintain but to boost the quality
of the education offered by the academy, studies need to be significantly diversified.
“Alongside the lecture-based and predominantly Estonian-language higher
education it currently provides, there are plans to institute a range
of alternatives,” he explained.
Reinsalu said that Estonian aviation training services are very competitive and
drew a parallel. “In September, Patria Flight School announced that it
will be training 250 pilots for Qatar Airways over the next five years,”
he admitted (see news HERE).
“Why couldn’t our academy do the same in future?” He added, if the
academy is to become the region’s leading exporter of aviation education
services, its focus must be on new technology. Unmanned Aircraft
Systems (UAS), Unmanned air Traffic Management (UTM) and the
digitalisation of air traffic organisation are the areas in which the
academy, in cooperation with members of the cluster, could well transform Estonia into World’s most innovative airspace.