THE United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) is supporting Airbus' Fly Your Ideas challenge, a student contest which aims to inspire a new generation of engineers.
An in-depth report by Unesco about future engineering capacity highlights an engineering skills gap that threatens industry and growth. Aviation is no exception. There are not enough aviation engineers currently graduating to meet industry needs and nearly half of them switch to other careers once they qualify.
Through its Fly Your Ideas competition, Airbus is offering students an insight into the world of aviation. It is one means to boost their interest in the industry.
The global contest has just opened its third season and challenges students worldwide to develop new ideas for a more sustainable aviation industry. It involves three rounds with five teams to be chosen as finalists in the summer of 2013, each with the chance to win a Euro 30,000 prize. All teams are supported by an Airbus mentor during the development of their project, and this season introduces an Airbus expert who will offer advice at key stages of the competition.
University students of any nationality or discipline are invited to participate. Proposals must address the key issues facing the industry: Energy, Efficiency, Affordable Growth, Traffic Growth, Passenger Experience or Community Friendliness.
Registration ends Nov 30. For details, visit www.airbus-fyi.com