In all, 71 airport executives received their International Airport Professional (IAP) diplomas in 2011, bringing the total to over 160 since the programme’s inception. In addition, seven others earned the AMPAP Associate diploma, which is reserved for industry stakeholders. The IAP diploma is earned through successful achievement of stringent requirements that ICAO and ACI established for the programme’s six-course curriculum.
AMPAP Executive, Pierre Coutu, commented on this year’s developments:
The graduation is always an annual highlight of our programme and we were delighted to see so many graduates make the trip to Marrakech to participate in the ceremony. AMPAP is now enjoying firm recognition, evidenced by a steady to high-growth mode, and we look forward to another large group of IAPs earning their accreditation in 2012.
On November 1, during the ACI World Annual General Assembly in Marrakech, 32 graduates were present to receive their diplomas and were part of AMPAP’s largest graduating class.
Patrick Chonde of the Kenya Airports Authority was elected class valedictorian. On behalf of the graduates, his speech, which is excerpted below, touched on several key, recurring themes in regard to the IAP accreditation:
The growth of AMPAP has been remarkable over the years: from the initial number of 17 participants in June 2007 when it started to the current figure of over 600 participants. Today in this room, a total of 32 graduates are present from 19 different countries representing all five ACI regions, will receive their certificates and diplomas and the coveted International Airport Professional (IAP) accreditation.
Personally, AMPAP has been an awesome experience. It has helped me sharpen my career skills. I gained from AMPAP not only analytical tools and intellectual confidence, but more importantly awareness of best practices, a strategic approach to my job, and a fantastic network of peers from diverse backgrounds and cultures from around the globe”
I wish to quote ACI Director General, Angela Gittens, in her remarks during the graduation in Bermuda last year: ‘This is the beginning of the search of knowledge and not an end. The graduation is a one-off event, the hard work starts now.’
I believe the AMPAP graduates are better equipped to be more efficient and effective by disseminating their newfound reservoir of knowledge within their own organizations, especially among their colleagues.Please join me in a big round of applause for the graduates who have tirelessly worked to attain this coveted recognition and for making history by celebrating it for the first time in this great continent of Africa, in the beautiful city of Marrakech, in the Kingdom of Morocco.”