24 April 2012

Moscow partnership takes flight

RMIT English Worldwide (REW) has renewed a contract with Moscow Aviation Institute (MAI) in Russia for the provision of Aviation English training and testing.

The new agreement allows for the next stage of a project that has seen 2,500 Russian Federation air traffic controllers trained and tested by REW since 2009.

The e-learning package, "Beyond Level 4", will be embedded into training plans for air traffic controllers across the country.

The official signing of the renewed contract involved several representatives from MAI in Russia, including Dr Mikhail Kuprikov, Vice-Rector, Academic.

REW was represented by Rachel Holthouse, CEO, and Grant Taylor, REW Commercial Director.

"Our relationship with our Russian partners makes a significant contribution to REW's global delivery of Aviation English," Ms Holthouse said.

"We are proud to see this package embedded into the heart of training plans for pilots and air traffic controllers throughout the Russian Federation, as part of our new agreement with the MAI."

The partnership with MAI started in 2005 with more than 500 international pilots trained and tested via the RMIT English Language Test for Aviation (RELTA).

RELTA is a world leader in English proficiency testing for the aviation industry and more than 23,000 candidates have been tested worldwide.

"Beyond Level 4" is REW's latest aviation program designed to assist aviation professionals in reaching and maintaining their English language proficiency between ICAO tests.

REW is a division of RMIT Training, a company wholly owned by RMIT University.

REW works closely with global industry, international universities and institutions, and foreign government organisations to provide a range of tailored English programs and assessment.

One of the most successful of these has been Aviation English, which is delivered in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Russia.

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Left to right: Irina Anikeeva (Deputy Director, Department of Foreign Languages), Grant Taylor (Commercial Director, REW), Dr Mikhail Kuprikov (Vice-Rector, Academic), Rachel Holthouse (CEO, RMIT Training), Vitaly Miknis (Vice-Rector, International Relations), Maria Ovsyannikova (Director of Studies, Department of Foreign Languages) and Dr Alexander Kalliopin (Director, Department of Foreign Languages).