The graduates were trainees in Ethiopian Aviation University’s Pilot, Aviation Maintenance, Cabin Crew, and Commercial Training programs.

Ethiopian Graduates Nearly 800 Aviation Professionals

ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopian Aviation University (EAU) has graduated close to 800 aviation professionals including pilots, aircraft maintenance technicians and cabin crew.

EAU, Africa’s largest aviation center of excellence, says international trainees from eight African countries and one from Asia are among the graduates.

Saturday’s graduation ceremony at the University’s facility has been graced by Ambassadors and Officials from African countries as well as families and friends of the graduates.

In his remarks, Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Mesfin Tasew congratulated the graduates.

“We are delighted to witness the fruits of our effort in realizing a self-sufficient Africa, in terms of aviation professionals supporting the industry within the continent,” the CEO said.

The university has made Ethiopian Airlines self-sufficient in meeting its demand for pilots, cabin crew and other staff. It has also been training aviation professionals from other African countries and beyond for decades.

“We believe in the potential of Africa’s youths to shape the continent’s aviation and continue to educate them at our center of excellence,” CEO Mesfin stated.

Saturday’s graduates include 308 aviation maintenance, 142 pilots, 297 cabin crew, 25 electro-mechanical professionals, and 15 ticket agents.

The training at the University has helped the trainees develop into “globally competitive professionals”, said Group CEO Mesfin, adding: “I urge Africans to invest in training their youth for the future of aviation at Ethiopian Aviation University.”

The institution has been providing various aviation courses to local and international trainees since its establishment in 1956.

Following its recent upgrade from Academy to a university level, EAU has also started offering undergraduate and postgraduate programs in aerospace and hospitality. It has training facilities in Addis Ababa, and regional cities including Hawassa, Dire-Dawa, Bahir Dar, and Mekelle.