Press Release
7 November 2022
Nordic Aviation Capital launches NAC Women in Aviation Scholarship Funds with Cranfield University and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Asia)

Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC) is pleased to partner with two leading universities to launch the NAC Women in Aviation Scholarship Funds. Both funds seek to promote diversity and nurture the next generation of female aviation talent for the next four academic years.

Each year, two female candidates will be selected and awarded the scholarships at Cranfield, one from the MSc in Air Transport Management (ATM) and one from the MSc in Aerospace Vehicle Design (AVD).

The Embry-Riddle fund will award two scholarships annually to female students enrolled at Embry-Riddle’s Singapore campus, one to a candidate from the BSc in Aeronautics and a second to a candidate from the BSc in Aviation Business Administration.

The awardees of the scholarships will be announced by the end of the year.

Keith Mason, Professor of Air Transport Management at Cranfield, said: “We really welcome this fantastic scholarship to provide support for high caliber women in aviation to study at Cranfield. As an industry, there has been important progress to improve diversity and initiatives such as this will further support women in their aviation careers.”

Mark Westwood, Professor of Aeronautics at Cranfield, said: “We are honored to be chosen by Nordic Aviation Capital as partner on the Women in Aviation Scholarship Fund. Enabling a diverse community is an important objective for us at Cranfield, and this support will accelerate progress towards this, leaving a valuable and lasting legacy in the aviation workforce.”

Matthew Flaherty, Vice Chancellor at Embry-Riddle Asia, said: “We greatly appreciate NAC’s support of female students pursuing careers in aircraft financing, leasing and management services. This scholarship fund is important because it aims to financially support talented young women, a growing yet underrepresented stakeholder in the aviation workforce. We hope this fund inspires and helps pave the way for the future generation of women in aviation.”

Norman C.T. Liu, President & CEO of NAC, said: “We’re very pleased to launch these inaugural Women in Aviation Scholarships with Cranfield and Embry-Riddle Asia. We hope that these scholarships will encourage more women to enter the aviation industry in both the general management and engineering fields.”

About Cranfield University

Cranfield is a specialist postgraduate university that is a global leader for education and transformational research in technology and management.
Aviation and Aerospace at Cranfield

Cranfield is one of the few universities in the world to have its own airport – our global research airport offers a unique environment for transformational research. Through the strong links with industry we have built over the past 70 years, we focus on defining and delivering the aircraft, airport and airspace management of the future.

Our Centre for Air Transport Management focuses on the commercial aspects of managing airlines and airports through integrating management with economics, finance, strategy, planning, design, operations, marketing, business development and technology.

Our Centre for Aeronautics is one of the world’s largest centres for postgraduate education and research in aircraft design, aerodynamics, advanced modelling and simulation tools and methods. The Aerospace Vehicle Design MSc course has run successfully since the establishment of the original Cranfield College of Aeronautics in 1946.

About Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is the world’s largest, most comprehensive institution specializing in aviation, aviation business, aerospace, engineering and STEM-related degree programs. A fully accredited university, Embry-Riddle is also a major research center, seeking solutions to real-world problems in partnership with the aerospace industry, other universities and government agencies. A nonprofit, independent institution, Embry-Riddle offers more than 100 associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. degree programs in its colleges of Arts & Sciences, Aviation, Business, Engineering and Security & Intelligence. The university educates students at residential campuses in Daytona Beach, Florida, and Prescott, Arizona, through its Worldwide Campus with approximately 110 locations globally, and through online programs. In 2022, U.S. News & World Report named Embry-Riddle Worldwide the nation’s No. 1 provider of online bachelor’s degree programs and undergraduate online programs for veterans.

About Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Asia

Since 2011 Embry-Riddle’s campus in Singapore has offered students in Asia the opportunity to pursue ERAU degrees through partnerships in Singapore. Embry-Riddle Asia currently offers the Master of Business Administration in Aviation, Master of Science in Aeronautics, Bachelor of Science in Aviation Business Administration, Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics, Bachelor of Science in Engineering and Bachelor of Science in Business Analytics to over 500 students enrolled through the Asia campus. Programs are offered full-time, part-time, online and in the classroom through partnerships with the Singapore Aviation Academy, ERC Institute and ERAU Asia Institute. Graduates from the Asia campus have the same SACS-accredited academic qualifications as graduates in the United States.

About Nordic Aviation Capital

NAC is the global leader in regional aircraft leasing and is expanding into larger narrowbody aircraft leveraging our world class asset management platform.

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