UIC launches a Railway Global Executive MBA

“Get your goals off the ground”

In the framework of the UIC’s strategy dealing with the Talent and Educational issue, the project of setting up a Railway Global Executive MBA and a “Railway Academy” with the support of a network of leading partner business schools and universities worldwide was presented and supported by UIC members present in Portorož, Slovenia, during the latest UIC General Assembly on 27 June.

This Executive MBA, hosted by the Business School EM Lyon, is particularly aimed to attract external high potential talents to the railway sector and to develop entrepreneurial spirit and strategic leadership competencies with action learning experiences dedicated to the railway sector. This Executive MBA is not only designed to attract young people thrust into world of the railways but also to train those who are already in the sector – particularly with a minimum of 10 years’ experience – in order to help them develop their managerial skills following the changes that the sector has undergone in a number of countries, and to deal with competition.

A first-of-its-kind initiative strongly supported by UIC Chairman

UIC Chairman, Vladimir Yakunin, who supports strongly this initiative, says: “UIC’s growth is not limited to the geographic extension with regular admission of new members joining UIC from all regions. The scope of international projects addressed by UIC for the benefit of the entire railway family is also continuously extending. UIC has rapidly increased its credibility and leadership for coordinating international projects relating to so-called “Fundamental Values” such as Training and Expertise Development. I am very confident and supportive of the work currently carried out by UIC to create a prestigious MBA in Rail, define adequate training and educational strategies and programmes for all six UIC Regions, and reward young talents through the UIC Research & Innovation Awards. Transmission and education being issues that are close to my heart and which found a new resonance in the establishment of this MBA, the first one worldwide completely dedicated to the rail issue, I would be honoured to accompany its implementation, and to welcome the first graduates to our railway family.”

A project coordinated by UIC and open to UIC Members: feel free to encourage one of your Managers to participate!

Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC Director General, thinks that “now is the time when members need to commit to UIC in order to make this Executive MBA a success; it is up to them to send a high number of participants.” He added: “The programme as a whole is called “UIC Railway Academy” and successful completion of the highest level leads to a qualification that is a recognised MBA degree. Of course, the success of this programme is contingent on attracting a minimum number of participants. It is anticipated that training modules will commence at the start of 2015, meaning that UIC members have the second half of 2014 during which to select candidates.”

Global Challenges, Local impact, Shared Solutions

Railways need strong managers and leaders able to act with determination, collaborate across functions as well as cultures, and bring new technologies to life to enhance customer satisfaction and operational efficiency and safety. Continued policy changes require increased political agility and ability to adapt on the fly.

Objectives of the MBA

The MBA has several objectives:

Develop the skills needed to lead rail into the future

  • A critical understanding of the rail sector and the policy and managerial innovations underway
  • Ability to engage people in critical change to improve efficiency and safety
  • Work with and influence key stakeholders and be attuned to the ebb and flow of critical policy changes
  • Develop critical team leadership and people development skills to advance yourself and others
  • Identify and seize opportunities to enhance competitiveness and customer satisfaction

A sustainable investment in human capital

  • Earn an internationally recognised degree
  • Benefit from international expertise from leading academic institutions
  • Join a blended programme built to balance professional and personal life
  • Build your global network

The MBA at a glance

Duration: 19 months


  • 3 week-long face-to-face regional residency periods (regional hub)
  • 2 week-long face-to-face global community events
  • 18 months of distance based courses
  • 3 industry specific team projects (action learning projects)

Public: Managers, senior managers involved in strategy execution

Admission: Managers with a minimum of 6 years of work experience; advanced professional English proficiency

For further information please contact Laetitia Granger, UIC Fundamental Values Department: granger@uic.org

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Results from the RESTRAIL project disseminated at ICAP 2014

Last week, from 8 – 13 July 2014, Paris hosted the 28th International Congress of Applied Psychology (http://www.icap2014.com/). The event is organised every four years in many different regions and countries by the International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP) to disseminate knowledge and technology developments in applied psychology and to promote cooperation among psychologists around the world.

This year more than 4,500 participants joined the event. The central theme of the congress was “From crisis to sustainable well-being”. The scientific programme was organised according to the different disciplines of Psychology and included one dedicated topic on Traffic and Transportation Psychology.

The RESTRAIL research project (REduction of Suicides and Trespasses on RAILway property) was disseminated at ICAP 2014 through two presentations and distribution of Newsletters. The presentations were scheduled on 11 July 2014 during the thematic session entitled “Prevention devices” and on 12 July 2014 during the “Changing behaviour incitation” session. Both presentations were well received by the audiences which ranged between 40 and 50 persons.

The first communication was about “Safety measures against railway trespass” (Grigore M. Havârneanu, Jean-Marie Burkhardt, Anne Silla):

It presented the results of a systematic review conducted in RESTRAIL, showing a list of recommended measures for the prevention of trespass and a summary of the studies which provide evidence for the effectiveness of these measures. The discussion was focused on the combination of measures in order to reinforce the effect on behaviour and on the efficiency of safety measures on different types of trespassers, in different locations or railway environments.

The second communication was about “A toolbox for the reduction of suicides and trespasses on railway property” (Grigore M. Havârneanu, Virginie Papillault, Marie-Hélène Bonneau):
The presentation informed the scientific community about the systematic process through which the toolbox has been developed, and provided a summary of the content, organisation and functions of the toolbox.

This tool was developed in RESTRAIL under the coordination of UIC with both practical and scientific aims. On the one hand it is a guide to best practice supporting better decision-making for the implementation of prevention and mitigation measures. On the other hand, it provides a framework for collecting and structuring evidence-based information in order to feed an accessible and documented database on measures across the scientific and rail community.

The final RESTRAIL event will be hosted by UIC in Paris on 18 September 2014.

For further information about the RESTRAIL toolbox please contact Grigore Havarneanu: havarneanu@uic.org;

For further information about the RESTRAIL project please contact Marie-Hélène Bonneau: bonneau@uic.org or visit the project’s webpage: www.restrail.eu

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Report from the UIC coordinated EU-project MAINLINE

MAINLINE project presented at a Mini Symposium during the IABMAS 2014 Conference in Shanghai, 7 – 10 July

IABMAS stands for International Association for Bridge Maintenance and Safety and was founded in 1999. The association encompasses all aspects of bridge maintenance, safety and management. Specifically, it deals with bridge repair and rehabilitation issues, bridge management systems, needs of bridge owners, financial planning, whole life costing and investment for the future; bridge and related safety and risk issues and economic and other implications.

IABMAS arranges conferences every other year with this year’s edition held in Shanghai. The conference this year brought together around 728 participants from about 40 countries. During the conference about 400 presentations were carried out in common key note sessions and in six parallel sessions.

MAINLINE is a European railway project funded under the 7th Framework Programme and its consortium comprises 19 partners from 11 different countries. It is a three-year project that started in October 2011. MAINLINE is co-ordinated by UIC.

The objective of the project is to develop methods and tools contributing to an improved railway system by taking into consideration the whole life of specific infrastructure – tunnels, bridges, track, switches, earthworks and retaining walls.


  • Facilitate the utilisation of improved assessment and life extension without increasing risk,
  • Improve existing knowledge on damage and deterioration mechanisms in order to reduce significantly their effect on asset performance,
  • Identify and implement new cost effective replacement/renewal construction methods and logistics
  • Identify and compare new surveying and monitoring technologies
  • Develop methods to determine the whole life environmental and economic impact.

The MAINLINE idea fits very well with the IABMAS idea. The growth in the demand for rail transport across Europe is predicted to continue. Much of this growth will have to be accommodated on existing lines that contain old infrastructure. This demand will increase both the rate of deterioration of these old assets and the need for shorter line closures for maintenance or renewal interventions. However, interventions on old infrastructure will also need to take account of the need for lower economic and environmental impacts. This means that new interventions will need to be developed. In addition tools will need to be developed to inform decision makers about the economic and environmental consequences of different intervention options being considered.

In the Mini Symposium the following papers were presented:

  • Paper 1: MAINLINE – MAINtenance, renewaL and Improvement of rail transport iNfrastructure to reduce Economic and environmental impacts – Jensen, J.S. et al (COWI)
  • Paper 2: Extending the life of elderly infrastructure by strengthening – Nilimaa, J. et al. (LTU)
  • Paper 3: Influence of advanced assessment methods on the LCA of Elderly Bridges – Soriano, M. and Casas, J.R. (UPC)
  • Paper 4: Performance profiles of ageing steel railway bridges affected by atmospheric corrosion – A.N Kallias, M.k. Chryssanthopoulos (UoS)
  • Paper 5: Life-Cycle Assessment tool for railway infrastructure – D. Catlo (NR) et al.
  • Paper 6: Lifetime analysis of infrastructures – P. Cruc UoM) et al.
  • Paper 7: Challenges within Life Cycle Cost (LCC) studies and Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) – Linneberg, P. et al (COWI)
  • Paper 8: Test to failure of Conclusions from a full scale test of a 50 year old steel truss bridge – Calibration of assessment Methods – A Carolin, T Blanksvärd et al (TRV & LTU)
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Memorandum of Understanding allowing UZ to be a member of the MERITS-PRIFIS community

In July 2014, Boris Ostapyuk, General Director of UZ, Ukrainian Railways, signed the Memorandum of Understanding which allows UZ to become a MERITS-PRIFIS member.

Merits is the UIC central timetable database with all train data and all station data within wider Europe, including Russia and Turkey. Prifis is also a UIC central database which contains all tariffs and fares for Non Integrated Reservation Tickets (NRT) and Integrated Reservation Tickets (IRT).

All these databases are shared between all the members of the Merits-Prifis community in order to fill their own journey planners with the aim of giving timetable/fare information and/or selling tickets in another country.These data are also used to provide information in some specialised APPs.

For further information please contact Marc Guigon: guigon@uic.org

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UIC Workshop on Passengers and High Speed Rail Traffic

The UIC Workshop on Passenger Activities and High Speed Rail Traffic will be hosted by the Railways of the I.R. of Iran (RAI) under the auspices of UIC in Tehran on 30 – 31 August and 1 September 2014 for three days.

The workshop will be organised and presented by the top managers and instructors from the UIC Passenger Forum and High Speed Department, as well as managers from Spain, Germany, etc.

The event brings together engineering professionals from passenger and high speed sectors from the Middle East and Asia. It provides an opportunity to exchange information and share best practices to improve passenger activities and high speed rail and we would be very pleased to welcome managers/experts/staff from your railways.

UIC Middle East Regional Office in Tehran is ready to receive the details and specifications of the delegates and conduct any further coordination and cooperation in this regard via the following contact address:

Tel: 00 98 21 88 200 378; Fax: 00 98 21 88 200 377

We appreciate your kind attention and good cooperation and we are sure that with your presence our workshop will be more fruitful, interesting and interactive.
Looking forward to welcoming you in Tehran

The Draft Programme is available at the following link:

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News from UIC members

Japan: JR East to build a new station between Tamachi and Shinagawa Stations to promote urban development

The area surrounding Shinagawa Station and Tamachi Station is rising in importance as a transport hub connecting the Tokyo Metropolitan Area with other cities in Japan and throughout the world. Consequently, East Japan Railway Company (JR East) has held discussions with the Government of Japan, Tokyo Metropolitan Government, relevant wards and other stakeholders to form a vision for the area’s development.

To date, JR East has been looking into modifying the railcar holding site and facilities to its Shinagawa Depot located near the centre of this area. Moreover, JR East plans to promote urban development on a large plot of land of approximately 130,000 m2 that will be freed up as a result.

In conjunction, JR East has decided to build a new station between Tamachi Station and Shinagawa Station as a core component to this urban development. Working in collaboration with the local community, JR East will endeavour to apply innovative ideas in developing an internationally attractive point of convergence for people to meet and interact with one another.

Urban Development Concept:

  • Build an internationally attractive point of convergence to generate new values from the interaction of companies and people from around the world.
  • Develop a raised station-front plaza in parallel with the second floor of the new station as a vibrant and flourishing space for integrating people with the station and the surrounding urban environment and community.
  • Strive to develop an urban environment featuring the bounties of nature where people would like to walk for enjoyment and appreciate the history and culture of the area.

(Source: JR East)

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News from UIC members

Russia: RZD begins upgrade and development of Baikal-Amur Mainline railway

On 8 July, at Tynda’s central stadium, during the celebrations surrounding the 40th anniversary of the construction of the Baikal-Amur Mainline (BAM) railway, a video message was relayed by Russian President Vladimir Putin from Moscow to Tynda, congratulating all the manufacturers, construction veterans and current line workers, on the occasion of this round-number anniversary.

As pointed out by Vladimir Putin, the BAM railway was not only a colossal construction project but also a huge challenge for the country: “The railway had great strategic, military and economic significance. People had to work in very harsh climatic and geological conditions; this was a strain for the entire nation, and especially for those people who actually worked there. What they did was undoubtedly a heroic feat. Today, we are working to expand the capacity of BAM and to establish this country as a powerful transport nation”, highlighted the President of the Russian Federation.

During the video link, the Russian President also inaugurated the ceremony of laying a silver rail joint on the Taksimo-Lodya railway section of the East Siberian Railway, symbolising the launch of the new large-scale BAM-2 project. “For us this construction has great significance as we are aware of the difficulties and responsibilities that we face. We have never let you down and we won’t let you down today”, said President of RZD Vladimir Yakunin.”

The total cost of financing this project is around 12.2 billion euros, of which 6.46 billion euros will be provided by RZD, and the remaining 5.56 billion euros by the National Welfare Fund and Russian Federation budget.
RZD has already begun work on developing its eastern section in strict compliance with the government-approved schedule.

A public technical and financial audit is currently taking place, the results of which are being analysed by experts during public hearings before being submitted to the government. Schedules for research, construction and installation have been prepared as well as a research department. RZD’s Board has approved the establishment of a Railway Development Directorate for the eastern part of Russia, responsible for coordinating the implementation of this project.

In accordance with the Russian Railways’ approved list of important measures for 2014, the work planned to be carried out is expected to cost around 61.4 billion rubles. Work has already started on 564 infrastructure facilities on the East Siberian, Trans-Baikal and Far East railways. Over the course of this year, two stretches of track between Lena and Hani, and two passing points on the Tynda-Ulak and Ulak-Novy Urgal railway lines are to go into service.

(Source: RZD)

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News from UIC members

United Kingdom: Life-saving partnership extended

Samaritans and Network Rail have announced plans for a new five year partnership to reduce suicides on the railways. Since the original partnership began in 2010, railway staff have approached and potentially saved the lives of more than 200 vulnerable people at railway locations. British Transport Police also report more than 700 approaches (an approach involves a trained rail staff member approaching a person who appears to be exhibiting suicidal behaviour at a railway station or other rail property). Many of these are a result of attending Samaritans courses.

Almost 600 courses have been run by Samaritans trainers for around 7,000 rail staff from train operating companies from all over the country, as well as British Transport Police officers and Network Rail front line staff, since 2010. About 6,000 have attended the Managing Suicidal Contacts course, while a further 1,000, mainly train drivers and driver managers, have undergone the Trauma Support Training course.

The numbers of deaths by suicide on the railways has fluctuated since the partnership began in 2010. In 2011 they dropped from 232 to 224, and in 2012 they rose to 268. The 2013 figure was 278. However, it is important to remember that looking at the number of deaths alone does not give a full picture of whether suicides are increasing or decreasing. For this, rates based on the population must be considered. Such rates are not available for railway deaths as they are for national suicides; but we can look at the proportion of suicides that occur on the railways and we see that since 2003, this has remained relatively stable with an overall fluctuation of around 1.5% of all suicides. The rail network is also increasingly busy. A million more passenger trains a year run across Britain than ten years ago. Every day 22,000 train services operate across the network.

As well as training staff, the period of the partnership has seen significant numbers of physical improvements to the rail network aimed at reducing suicide. These include mid-platform fencing, which has now been installed at 50 stations, platform hatching, trespass guards, platform end barriers and various kinds of new technology such as smart cameras, designed to help identify people in difficulties, and blue lights, which are being piloted.

The partnership delivers bespoke training for rail staff in identifying vulnerable people who may be looking to take their lives on the railway, providing the skills and confidence to approach them and lead them to safety. A further course and Samaritans volunteers also help rail staff deal with the aftermath of a death. The partnership also includes national communications campaigns, research and guidelines to promote responsible reporting of suicide in the media. The research concluded that the group most vulnerable to suicide were men in their middle years from lower socio-economic groups.

Catherine Johnstone, Chief Executive of Samaritans said: “Samaritans and the rail industry have been working together for many years, but this partnership with Network Rail has taken that co-operation to a new level. Close to seven thousand rail staff have been trained and they are joined by Samaritans volunteers on the ground”.
"Given the challenging economic circumstances over the last five years, the creation of the partnership was very timely. It seems clear from the very large number of interventions by rail staff that rail deaths would have been considerably higher had the partnership not been in place. It’s certainly an example that is being closely studied by many other countries.”

Ian Stevens, suicide prevention programme manager for Network Rail said: “Any death on the railway is a tragedy but the impact is felt not only by those who knew the person but by the train driver and station staff and those who are involved in the aftermath. We want to do everything we can to stop this from happening, and if it does, to help our people deal with it. Samaritans have helped us enormously to develop our work in this area, with their great expertise, empathy and tenacity. A continued collaborative approach across the industry and everyone working in mental health is needed to tackle this societal problem and to help us keep Britain moving by rail.”

(Source: Network Rail)

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Czech Republic: Railway Infrastructure Administration (RIA) reduces price of natural gas supplies by 219 000 euros

The Railway Infrastructure Administration (state organisation, SZDC) has purchased natural gas for its central headquarters, seven regional headquarters (in Prague, Pilsen, Hradec Králové, Ústí nad Labem, Brno, Olomouc and Ostrava), three railway technical centres and other organisational units at the energy exchange, saving millions.

“RIA signed a contract worth almost 26,000 MWh of natural gas and covering the second half of 2014 and the first half of 2015 at the energy market of the Czech Moravian Commodity Exchange in Kladno. Compared to current prices, we have saved 219 000 euros,” said RIA’s General Manager Pavel Surý.

The bulk of the contract consists of supplies of natural gas in the retail customer mode, where RIA has succeeded in achieving a year-on-year price reduction of 26%. The price of natural gas supplied in the wholesale mode has dropped by 16%.

The Railway Infrastructure Administration is an organisation operating, maintaining, upgrading and developing almost 9,500 kilometres of railway tracks. RIA’s objective is to streamline the operations as much as possible, including costs of energy inputs. Insofar as electricity and natural gas are concerned, purchases of energies at the commodity exchange are the most effective form of public procurement.

When buying at the commodity exchange, one can quickly respond to current developments of energy prices and clinch the deal quickly. The deal is valid and effective instantaneously and no one can question it. Moreover, no contract documentation is needed, which reduces the administrative load connected with the supplier’s selection.

(Source: SZDC)

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Next meetings scheduled

  • 22-23 October 2019 Rail System Forum Plenary UIC HQ, Paris
  • 28 October 2019 - 1 November 2019 WCRR Tokyo, Japan
  • 28 October 2019 17th Asia-Pacific Management Committee Tokyo, JAPAN
  • 28 October 2019 28th UIC Asia-Pacific Regional Assembly Tokyo, JAPAN
  • 1-2 November 2019 Core group Meeting Tokyo
  • 5 November 2019 Safety Platform Steering Group meeting UIC HQ PARIS
  • 6 November 2019 European Management committee Assistants Paris
  • 6 November 2019 European Group of Assistants Paris
  • 7 November 2019 95th General Assembly Preparatory Group Paris
  • 11-14 November 2019 7th NEXTSTATION Tehran
  • 12-14 November 2019 InnoRail Budapest, Hungary
  • 13 November 2019 UIC Best Practice Workshop - The End of Fossil Fuels in the Railway Sector Hohlstrasse 532, Zürich
  • 14 November 2019 UIC Energy and CO2 Network Meeting Hohlstrasse 532, Zürich
  • 20-22 November 2019 8th International Railway Summit New Delhi, India
  • 20-22 November 2019 15th UIC Global Security Congress Praha, Czech Republic
  • 21 November 2019 Freight Forum RCA Vienna
  • 26 November 2019 Statistics Steering Committee Meeting UIC, Paris
  • 26 November 2019 Conference on Level Crossing Algiers
  • 27 November 2019 Statistics Plenary Meeting UIC, Paris
  • 28-29 November 2019 Rail System Forum Steering Board - Webconference! UIC HQ, Paris
  • 28 November 2019 Statistics Steering Committee Meeting UIC, Paris
  • 10-11 December 2019 24th UIC Middle-East Region Regional Assembly UIC Headquarters
  • 10 December 2019 European Management committee Paris
  • 10 December 2019 29 European Regional Assembly Paris
  • 10 December 2019 UIC Digital Conference Paris
  • 11 December 2019 Executive Board Paris
  • 11 December 2019 95th General Assembly Paris
  • 19-21 February 2020 9th International Railway Summit Warsaw, Poland
  • 25 February 2020 European Management committee Assistants Paris (UIC)
  • 24 March 2020 European Management committee Paris
  • 1-3 April 2020 International Rail Forum & Conference (IRFC) Prague, Czech Republic
  • 23-24 April 2020 Talent and Expertise Development Platform Valencia, Spain
  • 19 May 2020 European Management committee Assistants
  • 19 May 2020 European Group of Assistants Paris (UIC)
  • 20 May 2020 Preparatory Group 96th General Assembly Paris (UIC)
  • 27-29 May 2020 International Transport Forum (ITF) Leipzig, Germany
  • 2-5 June 2020 6th UIC Security Week Paris, UIC HQ
  • 2-5 June 2020 Global Rail Freight Conference (GRFC) Riga
  • 11 June 2020 ILCAD York National Railway Museum
  • 16 June 2020 EMC & 30th European Regional Assembly Paris (UIC)
  • 29 June 2020 Executive Board Beijing
  • 29 June 2020 96th General Assembly Beijing
  • 30 June 2020 - 4 July 2020 World Congress on Highspeed Rail Beijing
  • 9-10 July 2020 Global Passenger Forum Moscow
  • 2 September 2020 European Management committee Assistants Paris (UIC)
  • 21 September 2020 European Management committee Berlin
  • 12 November 2020 European Management committee Assistants Paris (UIC)
  • 12 November 2020 European Group of Assistants Paris (UIC)
  • 13 November 2020 97th General Assembly Preparatory Group Paris (UIC)
  • 25-28 November 2020 16th UIC Global Security Congress Vienna, Austria
  • 15 December 2020 European Management committee Rome
  • 16 December 2020 31st European Regional Assembly Rome
  • 16 December 2020 Executive Board Rome
  • 16 December 2020 97th General Assembly Rome

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