For Safran, it is impossible to play a role in the development of the aerospace industry without having engineers and managers who are specifically trained to address the issues of this leading-edge sector. Safran has since years forged structuring partnerships with Chinese universities.
About 15,000 mechanics from all over Asia have been trained in the maintenance and repair of CFM56 engines. Back in 1996, Safran opened the Aero-Engine Maintenance Training Center in Guanghan (Chengdu) in partnership with CFM, GE, China Aviation Supplies (CAS) and the Civil Aviation Flying University of China (CAFUC). Safran has also participated actively in the initiatives with AVIC in the training area. In September 2011, under the framework of the Strategic Committee, Safran and AVIC signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on training, extending the strategic partnership first created in 2010.
Safran is heavily involved in education and in-service training programs for engineers, reflecting its ongoing commitment to the development of the Chinese aviation industry. Safran signed an initial agreement with four Chinese engineering schools (Beijing, Xi'an, Chengdu and Shanghai) and the Ecole Centrale de Lyon engineering school in November 2002. In 2005, Safran was the first industrial partner to join the project to create the Ecole Centrale of Beijing, part of Beihang University. Safran also signed a partnership agreement with major French and Chinese aeronautical engineering schools to create the Sino-European Institute of Civil Aviation (SIAE) in Tianjin teaming up with the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC). Safran University signed also a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with CAUC in 2011 to develop scientific and technical training courses. In 2012, Safran and Beihang University signed a MoU to bolster their collaboration. Safran is also one of the founding members of the SPEIT engineering school (partnership between ParisTech and Shanghai Jiaotong University) in Shanghai, created in 2013.
Ecole Centrale de Pékin's 4th Graduation Ceremony
2013 SPEIT Inauguration Ceremony