College Ireland Aviation Services (CIAS) sign significant agreement with MATA (Mega Aviation Training Academy) in Johannesburg

27th May 2015

CIAS and MATA have signed a significant agreement to form a partnership for the delivery of world class aviation training and academic programmes in Southern Africa. The announcement was made during the Enterprise Ireland trade mission to South Africa, led by Ireland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan, T.D.

Pictured L-R: Nico Duvenage, Head of MATA (part of the Safomar Group); Julie Sinnamon, CEO, Enterprise Ireland; Minister for Foreign Affairs & Trade, Charlie Flanagan T.D.; H.E. Liam MacGabhann, Irish Ambassador to South Africa and and Brian Joyce, Executive Chair & Director, College Ireland (CIAS) 

Pictured L-R: Nico Duvenage, Head of MATA (part of the Safomar Group); Julie Sinnamon, CEO, Enterprise Ireland; Minister for Foreign Affairs & Trade, Charlie Flanagan T.D.; H.E. Liam MacGabhann, Irish Ambassador to South Africa and Brian Joyce, Executive Chair & Director, College Ireland (CIAS) 


CIAS, originally an Irish Aviation Authority initiative, but now a standalone company, acts with over 20 Irish aviation companies and universities to provide a single solution in the areas of aviation training and education. Among the affiliates of CIAS are Lufthansa Technic Shannon (formally Shannon Aerospace), Trinity College, (Dublin), University of Limerick, and International Academy of Travel (Waterford). The agreement will initially mean the provision of aircraft maintenance training to EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency Training) in Southern Africa but will expand to include elements of pilot training, cabin crew training, airline operations airport operations training, and under-graduate, post-graduate and Masters Programmes.

Witnessing the formal signing of the contract, Minister Flanagan said: “I am delighted to welcome this agreement between College Ireland Aviation Services (CIAS) and MATA (Mega Aviation Training Academy), which shows what is possible for Irish companies in this region. I wish both parties every continued success. This agreement is a very positive endorsement of the growth in trade and investment between Ireland and South Africa, demonstrating the role of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Embassy network in facilitating opportunities for Irish exporting businesses, in cooperation with State agencies such as Enterprise Ireland.”

Mr. Brian Joyce, CEO, College Ireland Aviation Services commented: “This agreement is extremely significant for CIAS and  follows our agreements with Etihad Airways in Abu Dhabi and other companies and colleges in UAE and Qatar. This agreement is our first in Africa. The CIAS Structure whereby we call on not just our own panel of industry and

academic experts, but also access the resources of over 20 Irish aviation companies and universities, is unique and offers "total solutions" to the international industry. We see MATA as the ideal partner given their well established reputation for excellence, and we believe that the joint initiative will be significant not just in South Africa but also in the wider Southern African Region”.  

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For more information contact Brian Joyce, CEO, CIAS
M: +353 87 286 9793 or +353 86 6056716
E:  brian.collegeireland@gmail.com