According to Praful Patel, India’s Honorable Union Minister for Civil Aviation, more than 40 new airports are slated for construction in India over the next decade. Air-passenger volume is projected to increase three-fold, to 300 million, during the same period. “This collaboration with MIT comes at an opportune moment as giant strides in areas of science and technology are being made by India,” says Patel, who met with the course’s participants during the course’s first day. “Such specialized initiatives are critical in providing a positive direction to the human resource capital of India.”
The course is led by Richard de Neufville, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Engineering Systems, and Peter Belobaba, principal research scientist at the International Center for Air Transportation at MIT; both are global authorities in the air transportation infrastructure arena. “India is keen to apply global best practices in its aviation industry boom, so we are happy to facilitate MIT’s contribution by offering a course for industry professionals in India,” says Bhaskar Pant, Executive Director of MIT Professional Education. “With this significant beginning, we hope to bring more MIT professional courses in transportation to India, as well as in other national priority areas such as energy and the environment.”
MIT Professional Education launched its international outreach initiative last year by delivering courses in Tokyo and Singapore in the areas of solar energy and technologies for the diagnosis and treatment of disease. More information is available at http://professionaleducation.mit.edu/.