Officials from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University spent four days in Houston recently with 30 aviation officials from China, raising hopes that the school will build a residential campus there.
While foreign airport officials routinely visit Houston’s airports, officials hope the training last week is a sign that Embry-Riddle plans to commit to Ellington instead of the other finalist, Rockford, Ill.
“We keep our fingers crossed and hope Embry-Riddle will open a campus here,” Houston Airport System Director Mario Diaz said.
Embry-Riddle has hosted Chinese delegations since 2006 at its Daytona Beach, Fla., campus but it was the first time they’d used Houston for training, according to the story.
Houston Airport System has developed ties to China’s growing aviation system. In November, executives of Guangdong Airport Management Corp. trained in Houston.
According to a news release:
“Out of approximately 130 Chinese airports, 90 of them have sent members of their airports to Houston for training.
Embry-Riddle President John Johnson was in Rockford last month to meet with aerospace executives from the region about training opportunities at corporate workplaces. In Savannah, Ga., Embry-Riddle Worldwide instructors visit Gulf Stream Corp. to hold classes so employees can can get advanced degrees.
Embry-Riddle has hired a consultant to help it evaluate opportunities in Rockford and Houston. The aerospace university has not said when it will make a decision on expansion.