Rolls-Royce and CAAC extend landmark training agreement to 2016

Seattle (ROLLS-ROYCE) - Rolls-Royce and China’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAAC) today extended their industry-leading aviation executive education programme for another ten years at a ceremony held in Beijing. The Senior Executive Development Programme (The ‘Top 300’ Programme), which this year also celebrates its 10th anniversary and has trained more than 500 Chinese managers, will now run until 2016.

Minister Yang Yuanyuan, Vice Minister Yang Guoqing of Chinese Civil Aviation Authority (CAAC), Simon Robertson, Chairman of Rolls-Royce, Sir John Rose, Chief Executive of Rolls-Royce and members of the Rolls-Royce Board of Directors attended the signing ceremony at the Diao Yu Tai state guest house in Beijing.

The ceremony followed the first Rolls-Royce Board meeting to be held in China.

The new agreement, signed by Vice Minister Yang Guoqing and Sir John Rose, is aimed at enhancing the collaboration to develop outstanding managers for the Chinese aviation industry.

Minister Yang Yuanyuan said: “The CAAC and Rolls-Royce launched this strategic training project ten years ago and since then we have worked together to produce a large number of outstanding managers for our industry. This has made a great contribution to the rapid development of China’s civil aviation.”

Simon Robertson, Chairman of Rolls-Royce said: “The ‘Top 300’ is not only widely regarded as one of the best and most prestigious training programmes in China, it is also recognised, by the governments of both our countries, as an outstanding example of international collaboration in the field of industrial education and training.

“Today we can look back on 19 completed courses which have trained more than 500 executives, many of whom are already occupying key posts in the CAAC and China’s airlines.”

The programme, which has been highly successful in developing the next generation of senior managers in China, has benefited from the close working relationship between the Civil Aviation Management Institute of China (CAMIC) and Rolls-Royce.

The collaborative programme begins with a four-month phase of education at CAMIC and is then followed by a four-week programme with Rolls-Royce in the United Kingdom.

Alumni from the Top 300 attended today’s celebration, and similar events will be held during the week in Shanghai and Guangzhou.
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