Industry - Cente of Excellence REL
Centre of Excellence for rail engineering
In line with the global transformation of rail transport, the rail sector in Malaysia is also very rapidly developing as contained in the Land Public Transport Master Plan (NLPTMP). Mega projects like High Speed Rail (HSR) and East Coast Rail Route (ECRL), increased infrastructure and Light Rail Transit (LRT) services , Mass Rapid Transit (MRT), KTM Commuter, Express Rail Link (ERL), Electric Train Service (ETS) KTM, Monorail, Fast Transit System (RTS) Malaysia-Singapore, and Inter-city Rails involved many parties like Prasarana Malaysia Berhad, MyHSR, KTMB, MRL, ERL Sdn. Bhd., SPAD, SCOMI, MiGHT, TDA, MRT Corp., Global Rail and CMC Engineering and etc.
As noted in ’Malaysian Rail Supporting Industry Roadmap 2030’ issued by Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT), the outburst of the rail transport industry needs now requires extensive engagement from rail, research and training centers and academia to help the country provide local expertise and reduce dependence on external expertise.
So far there has not been a center in Malaysia which is a reference knowledge, training and research in the field of rail transport, although some have tried to establish it in their respective organizations. Recognizing this, the Ministry of Higher Education took the initiative to create ICoE-Rel in collaboration with the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Transport and the Ministry of Human Resources.
The result of “Discussion on the Proposed Establishment of Center of Excellence For Railway Industry” chaired by YBhg. Datuk Nik Ali bin Mat Yunus Deputy Secretary General (Development) on 6th March 2017 at the Ministry of Higher Education (MOE) has chosen UTHM as the Center for Excellence in Rail Industry. This is because only UTHM has an existing rail transport academic program and related expertise.
Following the meeting, several series of ICoE-Rel establishment meetings were held at the MOE to launch its establishment.
The ICoE-Rel Center of Excellence is the rail industry research center responsible for the collection, analysis, evaluation and management of data as well as the dissemination of research findings in the field of rails for the use of government and non-government agencies in Malaysia. In addition, the ICoE-Rel Center of Excellence is also a key platform for establishing research and collaboration at national and international levels.
“Towards a world class university in engineering, science and technology for sustainable development."
“UTHM is committed to generate and disseminate knowledge, to meet the needs of industry and community and nurturing creative and innovative human capital, based on the tauhidic paradigm.”
Among the goals of the ICoE-Rel Center of Excellence is to: