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Hamburg launching education strategy for aviation

German government putting EUR 5 million towards network for mid-sized sector

A special DigiNet.Air education and training programme is to be set up in Hamburg until 2021, a press release said Thursday. The initiative by the Hamburg Aviation Cluster is aimed at the qualification of skilled employees e.g. in virtual reality as the digital era gains pace. The participants include mid-sized suppliers, educational institutions and politics.

Challenges of digitalisation

The new, digital learning network will focus mainly on educational institutions and mid-sized companies that face special digitalisation challenges. The Hamburg Centre of Aviation Training-Lab (HCAT+ e.V.) will manage the project with EUR 5 million in funds from the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). DigiNet.Air’s long-term objective is to ease the transfer of knowledge and technology between education and commerce and to help supplier companies with digital transformation. Virtual laboratories, an education workshop called “Working and Learning 4.0” and a “Tech-Shop 4.0” will allow companies and their employees to experiment with digital processes.

Internet aboard aircraft and customer care per Whatsapp

The move comes in response to flight passengers’ demands. In the 21st century, nearly every traveller has a mobile phone and receives a mobile boarding card at airports and customer care per Whatsapp is spreading. Flight passengers want to be able to use the internet aboard aircraft. Networked delivery chains and automated manufacturing are also presenting new challenges for skilled employees and executives in SMEs and educational institutions. “This era is marked by swift, digital change. Excellent academic and professional education opportunities are becoming even more important. The DigiNet.Air project will develop an innovative, education offer through the interaction between stakeholders in education and aviation. It will continue to strengthen Hamburg as a centre of aviation,” said Prof. Dr. Sönke Knutzen, Vice President of Teaching at the Technical University of Hamburg-Harburg (TUHH).

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