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College of Aviation Technology leading Kuwait’s education drive
May 20, 2017, 5:09 pm

Located just off the Fahaheel expressway in Abu Halifa, the College of Aviation Technology (CAT) is Kuwait’s newest and definitely most specialized college in the field of aviation. The newly built campus is still undergoing final touches to its impressive look, nevertheless, students are already enrolled and courses underway.

“We started in 2015 and the first batch of students enrolled last year for the two-and-half-year diploma course in aeronautical maintenance engineering,” deputy dean of the college Eng Marzouk Al Sharifi disclosed in an exclusive interview with The Times, Kuwait.

CAT offers a range of professional courses from introductory and foundation courses that provide an insight into aircraft systems and maintenance processes, to European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) approved courses required to become a licenced maintenance mechanic, technician and engineer.

Built over a 55,000 sqm campus, CAT has hangars, different workshops, classes all approved by EASA and giving the 250 enrolled students an excellent learning platform and education facilities of the highest standard.

“Our trainers are some of the most experienced in the industry with over 40 years experience having worked in Kuwait Airways and Kuwait Air Force,” Al Sharifi points out proudly adding that this combination of experience and knowledge will work the best to the students benefit.

The College of Aviation Technology (CAT) in Kuwait is affiliated with Air Service Training, Perth, Scotland and is one of a kind in the Gulf Region & Middle East. It is also accredited by Kuwaiti Private Universities Council and is a part of Al-Hayat College Company for Educational Services KSC that has other two activities under it. One of which is Al-Hayat College for National Training that is accredited by PAAET and registered at Public Authority for Education & Training (PAAET) and registered under the Civil Service Council; and the other is Consultancy Services.

The college has put in place state-of-the-art facilities for students enabling on hand experience, as well as imparting knowledge from its most experienced trainers. The college also offers short courses for mechanics and technicians thereby filling a long felt requirement for locally trained personnel.

The unique aviation education offered will help Kuwait take a leadership role in the Gulf region in aviation education and technology, Eng Al Sharifi disclosed, adding that the philosophy that students learn best by doing is closely implemented at CAT.

AlSharifi added that the rigorous academic and technical training by the faculty helps in building discipline and confidence of the students, in addition to onsite trainings that are undertaken by the students.

The first batch is expected to graduate in 2019 and the college is equipped to accept up to 1,000 applicants per semester. Students enrolled include Kuwaitis, Arabs, Indians and there are even 13 girls in the first batch, Al Sharifi disclosed, adding that student interest is very high.

“We plan to introduce new courses such as Air Traffic Controller and an initial pilot training course where the practical courses will be done in UAE with a college in Dubai,” Al Sharifi added.

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