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Innovative student day
Article Type: University news From: Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology: An International Journal, Volume 80, Issue 4
At a time when the aerospace development engineering industry is keener than ever to attract bright young talent into the industry, aerospace testing, design and manufacturing organised its first ever student day which which took place on the final day of the exhibition.
Shuttle buses picked up students from both Technischen Universität München and Universität der Bundeswehr and deliver them to the New Munich Trade Fair Centre. The day was also being promoted to students studying in other Bavarian cities including Augsburg, Erlangen Nünberg, Ingolstadt and Würzburg.
As well as looking at all the cutting edge technologies displayed on the exhibition floor, the day’s programme featured the opportunity for students to bring along their resumes and talk to human resources representatives from some of the industry’s key players, including EADS, RUAG Aerospace, IABG, DLR (German Aerospace Center), Brunel, WTD 61, Eurocopter and MTU.
Students were also encouraged to join in a panel debate entitled “Is Germany losing leadership in engineering?”, President of the Luftfahrtpresseclub chaired the debate. The speaker panel was: Dr Martin Haunschild, chairman and coordinator of Aerospace and Satellite Navigation for the State of Bavaria; Professor Broichhausen from Bauhaus Luftfahrt; Mr Siebeneich, President of Brunel and Professor Schilling from the University of Würzburg.
The session kicked off with a video message delivered by Bavarian Minister for Education, Dr Thomas Goppel.
Aerospace Testing, Design and Manufacturing spokesman Ian Crawford said: “Many industries are suffering from a skills shortage but the aerospace industry is particularly worried that not enough graduates are entering the field to fulfil future needs. Responding to exhibitor interest in this area, we decided to organise a special student day at the show this year.”