At the time of the interview, in the beginning June, Martín-Domingo was having his two-week preparation period at Haaga-Helia. His four month visit will officially begin in autumn 2019. During this time, he will be teaching Aviation Business in Porvoo campus, but mostly he will dedicate his time to research.
– My mission is to create innovating and much closer links between business and education. This is one attribute that interested me about Haaga-Helia, and something that I look forward to. Haaga-Helia is doing very interesting things in applied science and teaching as well, and seems to be always trying to find new ways to teach and learn, states Martín-Domingo.
From business world to education
Martín-Domingo has a background in Aeronautical Engineering and has more than 10 years of experience in the areas of Marketing and Distribution of airlines and airports in Europe and China. About 10 years ago he wanted to make a shift towards an academic career. Currently he does research and teaches Aviation Management courses at Özyeğin University in Istanbul. Before this Martín-Domingo worked as a lecturer in China and also as a visiting lecturer in France.
– Working in education is very different from working in a company. In the business world the time span is a lot shorter. Also, I like teaching because it gives me the opportunity to communicate and learn myself as well.
At his home university, Martín-Domingo also coordinates the international relations of the Faculty of Aviation and Aeronautical Science and carries out research and consulting on Aviation and Tourism Management with focus on the passenger experience using technology. This opens a lot of possibilities for future cooperation between the two universities.
– There was a clear need to find common ground on collaboration so I made a proposal to visit Haaga-Helia. My aim is to try to identify and implement research projects. Also I am hoping that this collaboration will lead to multi-campus classes in the future. The classmates could be from Turkey, Finland and other places, not only from the same campus.
Door to a future collaboration
The Visiting Scholar programme enables scholars from abroad to teach and join research, development and innovation activities at Haaga-Helia. It also strengthens Haaga-Helia´s profile as an international player. This is also something that Kaija Lindroth, Martín Domingo's supervisor while his stay at Haaga-Helia, stresses as something very important.
– One of our main goals is to enhance our RDI possibilities at Haaga-Helia. Also, our aviation programme is new so we have a lot room for development and new research. We welcome visiting scholars to work together with our staff to make this happen. This programme gives us an opportunity to inspire our staff and possibly establish long lasting collaboration.
Lindroth also states that international environment prepares students for global markets. This is why it is important to have people with different backgrounds and competencies. According to Martín-Domingo this is a vital aspect especially in an industry as global as aviation business.
– Even though you work in Finland it is not enough to understand what is happening here but also globally. Aviation is a very global industry, the student will be able to work anywhere in the world, Martín-Domingo states.
We thank foundation Helia-säätiö for the funding that made it possible to kick-off this programme!