NAVAL STATION ROTA, Spain — Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University will continue to offer servicemember aviation-related degrees at U.S. military bases in Europe after the Department of Defense awarded it a new $30 million contract.

The contract extends Embry-Riddle’s 30-year partnership with the Pentagon an additional 10 years, from August 2003 through July 2013, according to a statement released this month by the university. It is the fifth consecutive contract awarded to Embry-Riddle.

“As a long-standing provider of an exemplary university experience to servicemembers and their dependents worldwide, we’re delighted with this expression of confidence in our ability to continue to do so in Europe,” Dr. Robert Myers, chancellor of Embry-Riddle’s Extended Campus, said in the statement.

Since 1972, more than 7,000 students stationed in eight European nations have earned undergraduate and graduate degrees through the university’s overseas program.

Embry-Riddle’s European Region of the Extended Campus has 10 fully staffed teaching centers with more than 100 full-time and part-time faculty members.

The centers are located at U.S. bases in Giebelstadt, Hanau, Katterbach, Ramstein, and Spangdahlem, Germany; Lakenheath and Mildenhall, England; Aviano and Sigonella, Italy; and Rota, Spain.

Embry-Riddle, based in Daytona Beach, Fla., is advertised as the “world’s largest, fully accredited university specializing in aviation and aerospace,” educating more than 25,000 students annually through the master’s level.

Under the contract, the school will continue to offer bachelor’s degrees in professional aeronautics and the management of technical operations to Americans stationed overseas. The school also will provide graduate courses required for a Master of Aeronautical Science.

The university’s Web-based distance learning program is available at its training centers in Europe, aboard ships and other remote installations, according to its Web site.

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