From left to right: Prof Dr Jens Hermsdorf, Prof Klaus-Dieter Scheurle, Otto Fischer, Martina Zorbach, Prof Dr Richard Klophaus, Prof Dr Frank Fichert, Prof Dr Hans Rück, Dr Denis Alt

First students of the air traffic management degree course

DFS endows professorship for air traffic management

DFS, the German air navigation service provider, has endowed a professorship for air traffic management at the University of Applied Sciences Worms. A contract to this effect between the University and DFS was signed in Worms.

22.07.2020.- The contract was initially concluded for three years and will start in 2021. The professorship will allow students to start their studies not only in the summer but also in the winter semester. Twice as many students as before can now study. It also means that the capacities of both the University and the DFS Air Navigation Services Academy can be utilised more evenly. DFS will advise the University on the establishment and appointment of the professorship.

"It is not easy in times like these for us to provide such funding. However, we firmly believe that air traffic volumes will recover and grow again in the long term. We need highly qualified personnel to continue to be able to fulfil our legal mandate," said Prof Klaus-Dieter Scheurle, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of DFS, on signing the contract. "For DFS, the endowed professorship is an investment in the future that will provide air traffic controllers with a broad, cross-disciplinary knowledge base for the long term. We intend to continue our good working relationship with the University. At the same time, this move underpins our attractiveness as an employer."

This was also underlined by Prof Dr Jens Hermsdorf, President of the University of Applied Sciences Worms: "The endowed professorship forms an important bridge between science and industry. With this professorship, we would like to build on the existing relationship with DFS as a partner for the dual bachelor's degree in air traffic management. The trust placed in us by DFS is both a motivation and an obligation for the University of Applied Sciences Worms to further expand our teaching and research in pioneering areas of aviation. The first endowed professorship for a dual course of studies will enable us to set very distinctive priorities and areas of interest for our students."

"With its focus on aviation, the University of Applied Sciences Worms is unique in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate. Today’s signing of the cooperation agreement strengthens the profile of the University. With this agreement, the University of Applied Sciences Worms and DFS are continuing their close cooperation. In this way, the attractiveness of the courses offered and of the training portfolio of future air traffic controllers will be increased. This is a sustainable benefit for both partners,” said Dr Denis Alt, State Secretary in the Ministry of Science, Further Education and Culture of Rhineland-Palatinate.

Since the summer semester 2019, the first students have been enrolled in the air traffic management degree course as part of their training as air traffic controllers at the University of Applied Sciences Worms. This year, nine students started their degree course. So far, the experience of DFS has been very positive and the performance of the students has been excellent. The combination of an academic education and air traffic controller training is a major factor in making the profession even more attractive.

Media contacts:
DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung
Kristina Kelek
Telephone: +49 (0)6103 707-4,161

University of Applied Sciences Worms
Dorothea Hoppe-Dörwald
Telephone +49 (0)6241 509-452

DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH, the German air navigation service provider, is a State-owned company under private law with 5,600 employees as at 30 June 2020. DFS ensures the safe and punctual flow of air traffic over Germany. Around 2,200 air traffic controllers guide up to 10,000 flights in German airspace every day, more than three million movements every year. This makes Germany the country with the highest traffic volume in Europe. The company operates control centres in Langen, Bremen, Karlsruhe and Munich as well as control towers at the 16 designated international airports in Germany. The subsidiary DFS Aviation Services GmbH markets and sells products and services related to air navigation services, and provides air traffic control at nine regional airports in Germany and at London Gatwick Airport and Edinburgh Airport in the UK. DFS has been working on the integration of drones into air traffic since 2016 and has set up a joint venture, Droniq GmbH, with Deutsche Telekom.

The University of Applied Sciences Worms has approximately 3,700 students who study at its three departments information technologies, tourism/travel management and business sciences.