ISU and Airbus Addressing Africa’s Developmental Challenges

Dr. Tejumola Taiwo, ISU resident faculty specialized in space applications, recently attended the Airbus Africa Forum event as a panelist at Airbus headquarters in Toulouse. The event hosted by the Airbus Africa community had representations of more than 150 participants.

airbus africa2Those representations from different divisions of Airbus, including Dirk Hoke who is the current Chief Executive Officer of Airbus Defense and Space, representation from Airbus Foundation, and Airbus BizLab.

The Airbus Africa Community is a group inside of Airbus that was formalized in June 2017 as part of the BalanceForBusiness initiative, with the main aim of bringing Africans, or indeed anybody with a passion for Africa, together in one place to address developmental challenges including education which ISU is keen about.

Dr Tejumola said: “During the panel discussion, I emphasized the need for education as a tool for development and the role that ISU can play to bridge this gap through training of Africans in the MSS and SSP program. I also posit on the several role Airbus can play such as providing scholarships to make ISU’s dream of training more Africans possible and also providing internship opportunities in several of the Airbus divisions. It was a good opportunity to network with several people in leading roles at different Airbus divisions.”

Airbus has been a longtime supporter of ISU and its programs. Several alumni work in the Airbus Defence and Space division. And Airbus is represented by an alumnus at ISU’s board of trustees.


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