Last week, over 70 delegates from the Airbus
Group, University Partner Program (AGUPP) joined Fly Your Ideas students and
supporters, UNESCO delegates and ambassadors and senior Airbus Group employees
for a gala dinner at UNESCO’s famous landmark building in Paris, France.
For the international university
representatives and UNESCO people alike, the occasion was a great chance to
meet students from Team Multifun, Team Retrolley and Team eMeals, and hear from
the students themselves on how the opportunity to innovate directly with Airbus
experts has positively impacted their studies and influenced their future
plans! Airbus and Airbus Group Chief HR Officer, Thierry Baril, congratulated
the Fly Your Ideas students on their achievements and hard work.
The students joined Airbus Vice President,
Engineering Charles Champion for a Q&A session, after he spoke warmly about
the “outpouring of creativity and innovation” from the hundreds of teams who
participated in the competition. The audience also enjoyed a presentation on
UNESCO’s engineering initiative from Dr. Maciej Nalecz, Director of UNESCO's
Division for International Basic Sciences Programme, and learned about the
UNESCO - Airbus partnership for Fly Your Ideas.
The special occasion marked the highlight of
this 3rd meeting of the AGUPP, including prominent academic leaders from
international universities and senior leaders from Airbus Group – a chance to
showcase the achievements of the Airbus Fly Your Ideas 2015 teams before a
Over the 3-day AGUPP meeting, there was much
discussion on the value of ‘real work life’ experiences for students, with
agreement that working closely with industry’s to create such opportunities was a
priority for both industry and education. Several of the universities
represented at the AGUPP event had already taken the message on board with some
of their students taking part in the 2015 Airbus Fly Your Ideas Competition. Some
of these teams included, TU Delft (Team Multifun), Georgia Institute of Technology
(Team eMeals), Technical University of Milan (Team Retrolley), and the Indian
Institute of Science, Bangalore (Team Multifun).
watched the sun go down over the Eiffel Tower, the students agreed that it was
a great night in the City of Lights, and a well-deserved reward for all their
hard work. The following day, the teams attended the Paris Airshow at Le
Bourget and got the opportunity to watch the latest innovations in aviation and
aerospace and grab some career advice from the industry’s top leading
flying finish to a fantastic and unforgettable experience!