Emirates opens Australian security centre

The Emirates Group has cemented its relationship with Western Australia’s Edith Cowan University with the opening of the Centre for Security & Aviation Excellence. The centre, run by Transguard Education Academy, is located at Emirates Group Security offices at Dubai Airport Free Zone, and offers programmes for security professionals, including those working in the aviation industry, plus other aviation-related training programmes.

In addition to the programme leading to the Diploma in Aviation Security Management, the centre now offers programmes leading to the Diploma in Security Investigations and the Diploma in Aviation Ground Handling.

Dr Abdulla Al Hashimi, Emirates’ Divisional Senior Vice President of Group Security, and Professor Kerry Cox, Vice Chancellor of Edith Cowan University opened the new facility, following their signing of a contract making Transguard Education Academy the only centre for diploma programmes run by Edith Cowan University in the UAE.

As its sole representative, the Transguard Education Academy can assist students applying for educational opportunities with Edith Cowan University.

Dr Al Hashimi said: ‘The opening of the centre marks Emirates’ commitment to developing a knowledge base within the security and aviation industries.


‘Education is a cornerstone of any successful organisation and the partnership between Emirates Group Security and Edith Cowan University ensures that education remains industry-relevant.’

In addition to offering the diploma programmes, which are accredited under Australian and Commonwealth university guidelines, the centre for Security & Aviation Excellence is being developed as a regional research hub.

Professor Nara Srinivasan, the centre’s Director, explained: ‘The formation of the centre represents Emirates’ commitment to education and to laying the foundation for further programmes and research relevant to the aviation and security industries.

‘To this end, the centre will collaborate with institutes in the UK, Australia and Singapore to host several research projects over the coming years.’