Singapore and ICAO Renew Partnership to Augment Aviation Training for Developing Countries

09 April 2019

Over US$2 million committed to fund fellowships and scholarships over next three years

This evening, Singapore and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) reaffirmed their commitment to the development of human capital for the global aviation sector. Mr Khaw Boon Wan, Coordinating Minister for Infrastructure and Minister for Transport, and Dr Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, President of the Council of the ICAO, signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to expand and extend the Singapore-ICAO Developing Countries Training Programme (DCTP) for another three years from 2019 to 2022.

Under this MOU, Singapore will contribute US$2.1 million (or about S$2.9 million) over the next three years for 330 fellowships and 10 scholarships as part of Singapore’s commitment towards human capital development in international aviation. The number of fellowships has increased from the 300 under the last MOU, and serves to help meet the demand from developing countries for more training places. The DCTP will continue to be jointly sponsored by the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS).  

Administered by ICAO, the DCTP provides fellowships and scholarships for participants from developing ICAO Member States to attend specialised aviation programmes at the Singapore Aviation Academy (SAA), the training arm of the CAAS. The training programmes are designed to help developing States build up their human resources critical to the development of civil aviation.

The recipients of the fellowships can choose from a suite of training programmes conducted at SAA, ranging from aviation management to aviation safety and security management. Scholarship recipients will attain an SAA Diploma in Civil Aviation Management or Aviation Safety Management. The Diploma programmes provide participants with an appreciation of how the various integral elements in the aviation industry interface with one another, and equip graduands with the skills to manage the diverse challenges of a dynamic civil aviation environment.

The MOU was signed at the gala dinner of the World Civil Aviation Chief Executives Forum 2019 - a gathering of some 150 global aviation leaders in Singapore for a dialogue on the challenges and opportunities in aviation today.

About the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS)
The mission of the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) is to grow a safe, vibrant air hub and civil aviation system, making a key contribution to Singapore's success. CAAS' roles are to oversee and promote safety in the aviation industry, develop the air hub and aviation industry, provide air navigation services, provide aviation training for human resource development, and contribute to the development of international civil aviation. For more information, visit

About the Singapore Aviation Academy
Founded in 1958, the Singapore Aviation Academy (SAA) is the training arm of CAAS. Over the past 60 years, SAA has established itself as a renowned centre of learning in aviation. It currently conducts over 140 different programmes annually in aviation management, air traffic services, aviation safety and security, and airport emergency services to address training needs of aviation professionals at all levels. In 2000, SAA was conferred the prestigious Edward Warner Award by the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) for its eminent contribution as a centre of excellence in international civil aviation training. To date, SAA has trained over 129,000 programme participants, of which 37,000 are international participants from more than 200 countries and territories.

For more information, please contact:

Michelle Teo
Assistant Director (Corporate Communications)
Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore
Tel: +65 6541 2086 


Last Updated on 18 November 2019