Representatives from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University announced Tuesday during the Latin American Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (LABACE) that they would return to Brazil after 72 years.
The university intends to offer education and training programs through partnerships with companies, local universities and governmental agencies. The institution had originally established itself during the Second World War, when it provided assistance to the Brazilian Air Force.
"As Embry-Riddle begins to re-establish itself in Brazil, it is important to note that the mission the school set out to complete more than 70 years ago remains the same: Meeting the immediate and growing demand for qualified aviation and aerospace professionals to drive increased safety, innovation and operational efficiency," William Hampton, senior vice president of external relations, said.
Brazil's aviation industry has seen growth by approximately 194 percent over the previous 10 years. The government intends to expand on this by improving existing airports and building new ones.
"Embry-Riddle recognizes the great strides Brazil has made since the university first established roots here during World War II to assist the country's air force in establishing the Escola Técnica de Aviacão (ETAv) in São Paulo,"
John Watret, the school's interim president, said.
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