Dr. Jack Patel & Ms. Kim-Chua

Dr. Jeetendra (Jack) Patel, Assistant Professor, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Asia

Dr Jack Patel, was born and raised in London. He attended the prestigious UCL to complete his Bachelor’s degree in Economics and then completed his  Master’s degree in Economics and Finance at the University of Bristol. He returned to UCL to complete his doctoral degree in international education. His research interests are in global education, teaching and learning strategies and curriculum innovation. He won a CMO Asia award for ‘Excellence in Education Leadership’ in 2016.

Having taught in five countries including the UK, Japan, UAE, Bahrain and Singapore, Dr. Jack’s ability to forge friendships through immersing in local cultures, cuisines and diverse working environments complement his passion for travelling and teaching Economics, English and Business Studies to students of all ages and backgrounds.

Dr. Jack is currently teaching for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University as a full-time Assistant Professor. He enjoys interacting with the diverse, intelligent, passionate and motivated students at the university. Dr. Jack is currently serving as Academic Development Officer at the Asia campus.


Ms. Kim-Chua, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Asia

– NUS, SG-Bachelor’s in Arts and Social Sciences
– SIM University, SG-Bachelor’s in English Language and Communication Studies
– University of York, UK – Master’s in Educational Studies
– RSIS, NTU – Master’s in Asian Studies
– University of Bath, UK – Doctorate Degree in Educational Studies (Ongoing)

1. Received UON (University of Newcastle) Singapore Excellence Teaching Award for Sessional Academy Staff (Faculty of Science and IT).
2. Nominated for Teaching Excellence in Singapore Polytechnic.
3. Received Emerging Scholar Award 2017 by New Directions in Humanities Research Network

Ms. Kim-Chua has been involved in higher education training and research since 2007.

She has been working at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Asia) as an instructor since 2013. She heads the Language and Communication department and is primarily involved in teaching General Education and Employability Skills subjects ranging from Basic English, Introduction to Composition, English Composition, Speech, Business Communication and Technical Writing. 

In addition to her academic role, Ms. Kim-Chua is also Faculty Mentor for Women in Aviation Asia, a community-based initiative to promote female participation in General Aviation and Aerospace in Asia as well as the AsBAA Discovery Student Chapter.

In both her professional and academic lives, Ms. Kim-Chua is familiar and passionate about empowering youths to excel in both their personal and professional lives. This involves coaching them in workplace readiness, personal and professional branding.

Interests: Her research interests include motivation theories, cognitive based learning methodologies employability, motivation, education for sustainable development and addressing the talent gap in Aviation and Aerospace.

Building Capability and Ensuring Employability, Diversity and Positivity in Aviation Higher Education

“There’s no magic formula for great company culture. The key is just to treat your staff how you would like to be treated” said Richard Branson.

Culture refers to a system of shared values and beliefs, which governs individuals’ behaviour and has a strong influence on individuals, dictating how they dress, act, and perform at their jobs. In today’s economy, understanding the skills needed for the next-gen workforce, and how they prefer to work and excel are important considerations in the strategic planning efforts of organisations, vocational institutions and universities alike.

Thus, the cultivation of a positive training culture is a key determinant to the success of any organization and training institution. In doing so, there is a need to structure talent development programmes within organisations and institutions to nuture Aviation leaders and design industry-wide/organisational initiatives such that it encourages and promotes a culture of positivity, diversity and inclusion in the workforce.

This presentation looks at the example of how ERAU Asia is working towards the development of an effective training and development culture through the integration of mentoring programs, industry led projects and diversity initiatives as part of its curriculum planning and faculty development.

A mentoring program, in which newly recruited faculty were enrolled at ERAU Asia in Singapore, is evaluated as part of this study. Documentary evidences pertaining to faculty’s experiences, perceptions and factors which facilitate a positive training culture are critically analysed.

Diversity initiatives such as the Women in Aviation Asia and industry inspired projects will also be discussed in the paper.

While greater research is required into training and work culture, professional social norms and overall organizational culture are identified as being key supporting factors. This study recommends the establishment of a ‘safe area’ for trainees, undergraduates and professionals in both physical and virtual domains, to provide the foundation to fostering a positive, diverse and inclusive training culture for all.