Omani students visit BAE Systems

Omani students studying at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) yesterday attended an Insight Day at BAE Systems’ Military Air facility at Warton in the North West of England.

Insight Days are a unique opportunity for students to visit BAE Systems to explore and learn how international organisations operate, in order to broaden their commercial understanding.

The twelve students, who are studying engineering, computing, business and law at UCLan, were given the opportunity to spend the day with senior executives from BAE Systems to explore the world of work, whilst learning about the company and its history in Oman.

Focused talks from BAE Systems’ executives on engineering, law and aircrew equipment were accompanied by visits to the Eurofighter Typhoon final assembly line and the simulator.

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Sir Simon Bryant KCB, CBE, Vice President (Oman), BAE Systems, commented: “We are delighted to have hosted the Omani students at Warton, the home of Eurofighter Typhoon. We were keen to give them an insight into the way we work but, more importantly, relate it back to their learning.

“BAE Systems relationship with Oman goes back many years and with both Hawk and Eurofighter Typhoon coming into service in Oman before the end of the decade, we look forward to strengthening our ties even further, providing both education and training for young Omanis to support that programme.”

Shadhan Hamood Ali Al-Rashdi, studying mechanical engineering, was delighted with the visit: “The Insight Day at BAE Systems gave us an excellent opportunity to learn more about how an organisation works, particularly from an engineering and legal point of view, both of which are studied by my colleagues and me. As an engineering student, I found the assembly line for Eurofighter Typhoon, which will be in Oman in the not too distant future, particularly was extremely interesting and we were amazed to think those aircraft will fly across the jebels of Oman.”

In December 2012 Oman purchased 12 Typhoon and eight Hawk Advanced Jet Trainers from BAE Systems. The first Hawk aircraft will be delivered to Oman in 2017.