Monash University’s Institute of Railway Technology (IRT) has signed a memorandum of understanding with the International Union of Railways (UIC) focussing on R&D collaboration.
The UIC is an international industry body with members on every continent, and with bjectives to “promote railway transportation through expertise and capacity building, as well as knowledge sharing with, and knowledge transfer to its members” and providing “opportunities for integrated railway companies, infrastructure managers, railway or combined transport operators, rolling stock and traction leasing companies service providers.” According to its website, the IRT is Australia’s “premier track and vehicle railway research centre”.
The MoU was signed during the Philippines-Australia Railway Innovation Roundtable and the 27th UIC Asia Pacific Regional Assembly held this week in Manila. Signing was witnessed by Australian Ambassador to the Philippines, Steve Robinson.
IRT Director Ravi Ravitharan said, “The partnership with UIC will help advance railway technology around the world, and now strengthened through Australia’s contribution to the objectives of the UIC.
“It offers an opportunity for Australia to continue to play an important role in the development and sustainability of the railway industry globally.”
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