International Association of Aviation and Aerospace Education takes off at Next Generation of Aviation Professionals Global Summit

A 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 University

The 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.