Graham Hunt was appointed as the Head of Asia in Singapore in November 2009. Just over a year after his appointment the first graduate degree, the Masters in Business Administration in Aviation (MBAA) was launched, followed by two undergraduate degrees and a second master's degree.
Prior to his appointment at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Professor Hunt was the Foundation Professor of Aviation and Human Factors at Massey University, New Zealand. In this position he designed and developed the world’s first degree that integrated academic and recognized pilot license qualifications — the Bachelor of Aviation — Air Transport Pilot (Bav-ATP degree). This achievement was followed by the world’s first agreement between a licensing authority (CAA NZ) and a university for recognition of licenses and professional certificates within an academic qualification system. This professional academic and licensing outcome was recognized by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and has come to be referred to as “licensing examination equivalence”. Subsequently, the regulatory authorities in Singapore (CAAS) and China (CAAC) also granted the same licensing recognition to this degree.
Following this success Professor Hunt designed and developed a Bachelor of Aviation Management degree with specialties in Airline Pilot, Aircraft Maintenance Engineer and Cabin Crew Management, and a Master's in Aviation (MAv) degree.
Professor Hunt was awarded by the Royal Society of New Zealand a Rutherford Bronze Medal in 2001 for his pioneering research in aviation. The Royal Society recognizes and rewards excellence by awarding medals and other awards to individuals who have distinguished themselves in research or in the promotion or organization of science in New Zealand.
Professor Hunt continues to teach human factors and safety management courses in Singapore as an Adjunct Professor and is engaged in a number of research initiatives in human factors. A former Divisional President of the Royal Aeronautical Society, he is an editor of the International Journal of Aviation Psychology and a member of ICAO’s International Pilot Training Consortium (IPTC) competency work group.
His passion for understanding how human competency across professions and industry sectors can be more clearly specified, trained for and assessed, remains a key focus of his professional interests. With ERAU Team Asia he is committed to making Embry-Riddle the academic and research hub for aviation in Asia.