Page Image Image Caption Page ContentA new International Association of Aviation and Aerospace Education (ALICANTO) will be launched following the signing of an agreement by 34 of the world’s prominent aviation and aeronautical universities. In a sector which already benefits from strong and effective associations of global airlines, airports, aircraft manufacturers and other stakeholders integral to coordinated air transport progress, ICAO has welcomed the ALICANTO initiative as filling an important gap in air transport’s global cooperation framework. Forged on the side-lines of ICAO’s Next Generation of Aviation Professionals (NGAP) Global Summit, conducted this December in Shenzhen, China, the agreement underscores the key importance today of the overall NGAP programme in bringing together States, educational and training institutions, United Nations organizations, industry and other actors to address existing and future aviation personnel shortages. The signing was observed by the Secretary General of ICAO, Dr. Fang Liu. The partnering universities further recognized that that their aligned participation and input is critical in order to identify and implement effective approaches to attract, educate and retain the next generation of aviation professionals. The 34 signatories, indicated below, have committed to inviting other relevant universities from all over the world to join. Canada: McGill University, Institute of Air and Space Law China: Beijing Institute of Technology, Beihang University, Central South University, Chongqing Jiaotong University, Dalian University of Technology, Jilin University, Guang Zhou Civil Aviation College, Guilin University of Aerospace Technology, Guizhou Institute of Technology, Harbin Engineering University, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, North China Institute of Aerospace Engineering, North University of China, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Shenyang Aerospace University, Shenzhen MSU-BIT University, Tongji University, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xihua University, Zhengzhou University of Aeronautics France: École Nationale de l’Aviation Civile Georgia: Georgian Aviation University Italy: Universita Telematica Giustino Fortunato Republic of Korea: Korea National University of Transportation Russian Federation: Moscow State Technical University of Civil Aviation, Samara National Research University Singapore: Singapore Institute of Technology South Africa: University of the Witwatersrand Turkey: Cappadocia University, the University of Turkish Aeronautical Association Ukraine: National Aviation University United States: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical UniversityThe following universities did not attend the summit, but have already expressed their support remotely: Australia: University of New South Wales Belarus: Belarusian State Aviation Academy China: University of International Business and Economics Czechia: Brno University of Technology, CVUT Prague France: ISAE Ecole Nationale Superieure de Mecanique et Aerotechnique (ENSMA), ISAE Ecole de l'Air Salon de Provence,Ecole Supérieure des Techniques Aéronautiques et de Construction Automobile Germany: Universität Stuttgart Italy: Politecnico di Milano, Politecnico di Torino, Università degli Studi di Bologna, Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II Poland: Politechnika Warszawska Slovakia: University of Zilina, Pan-European University South Africa: University of Pretoria Turkey: Maltepe University, Eskişehir Technical University of Turkey, Ozyegin University, University of Samsun United Kingdom: Coventry University, University Institute of Civil Aeronautics The launch of ALICANTO is further supported by the Chinese Society of Aeronautics and Astronautics (CSAA), the Aerospace College Alliance of Sino-universities (ARCAS), the Partnership of a European Group of Aeronautics and Space Universities (PEGASUS), the Romanian Aeronautical Association/European Aviation Institute and the Directorate General of Civil Aviation of Turkey.