Information published on 13 May 2009 in the UIC electronic newsletter "UIC eNews" Nr 142.

International Railway Training Center for UIC ASia: 2009 Railway Policy & Management Training Course for present & future leaders

  • Training

Railway Policy & Management training course (May 07 through 22) was held with the opening-course ceremony on May 11, 2009, in IRaTCA (International Railway Training Center for UIC Asia) under KORAIL HRDI (Human Resources Development Institute) with 15 trainees from 10 countries such as Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, etc. The course initiatively conducted by KORAIL with the sponsorship of KOICA (Korea International Cooperation Agency) is targeting for present and future leaders of railways.

On May 13 during the course, IRaTCA hosted the 1st International Railway Network Seminar on how to activate international railway cooperation. This Seminar, evolved from the presentations of country reports as an integral part of this course, is to boost the Academy-Industry-Research Institute cooperation.

KRRI (Korean Railway Research Institute), KNRC (Korean National Railway College) and relevant businesses like WOOJIN Industrial System, Co., Ltd., DAEATI, YOOSHIN Engineering Corporation as well as the 15 trainees from 10 countries of this course were present at the Seminar.

This Seminar proceeded with the presentation of the trainees about respective country reports regarding their own current status of railways and then with Q&A time, and followed by the presentation of the representatives. Especially, Mr. ByeongHo Ahn, General Manager in charge of overseas business in International Railway Team at KORAIL Headquarters, presented KORAIL’s overseas business capabilities, by introducing the business accomplishments such as Malaysian EMU Refurbishment and Overhaul Project, UAE Rail System Design Project, Libyan and Nigerian Light Rail Construction Project and U.S. Texas T-BONE Project, etc. after explaining the KTX operational performance and the current status of KTX-II development.

The representative of WOOJIN Industrial Systems Co., Ltd., as the company with the major scope of light rail and on-board equipment introduced the domestic Busan-Bansong Light Rail Project. DAEATI having the salient scope of Simulator and CTC (Central Traffic Control) told that it penetrated the Malaysian Project and plans to go into Congo Railway Project. YOOSHIN Engineering Corporation, one of leading consultancy firms in Korea in various areas of infrastructure including railway shared its efforts to enter into overseas market, showing the supervision of KTX new line construction and the basic design & construction of Incheon Airport Railway Express line.

In addition, for two days of May 18 and 19, Mr. Stephen Baines, the executive advisor to the Chairman of QR(Queensland Railway) Limited, is supposed to give his lecture to the trainees mainly with regard to the international logistics and railway-related environmental issues.

IRaTCA, as UIC-approved training institute, is seeking the cooperative and network-building approach when it develops the training programs. That is why it appeals to more attention and participation from interested countries in its training. In this sense, to boost the cooperation toward co-development, Mr. Kwang Mo Kim, Director of IRaTCA says that he anticipates more trainees to apply for Railway Rolling Stock training course (Jun. 8 26)

For further information on IRaTCA activities, Please visit the website at http://iratca.korail.com or contact its staff at heidichoh@gmail.com