Industry - Cente of Excellence REL

Centre of Excellence for rail engineering


A Little History Behind Our ICoE-Rel

PROF. DR. KHALID BIN HASNAN
Head of ICoE-Rel
Established :
1 November 2017
Type:
Excellence Centre


            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.

  1. On 16th May 2017, ICoE-Rel UTHM Business Model Conference with the TDA (Technology Depository Agency) agency under the Ministry of Finance Malaysia in the ICOE-Railway Preparation Setup Meeting chaired by YBhg. Datuk Nik Ali Bin Mat Yunus Deputy Secretary General (Development).
  2. On 25th May 2017 UTHM was involved in the “Discussion on CoE-TVET Training Program following the implementation of the ECRL project” at Putrajaya Marriot Hotel on May 25, 2017 chaired by YB Dato’ Seri Idris Bin Jusoh, Minister of High Education.
  3. On 2nd June 2017, a budget proposal presentation for the establishment of ICOE-Railway UTHM with TDA in the Fund Management Technical Committee Meeting Center Of Excellence Industry-Industry Center Of Excellence (ICOE) 2017 chaired by YBhg. Datuk Nik Ali Bin Mat Yunus Deputy Secretary General (Development).

ICoE-Rel Experts

PROF. DR. KHALID BIN HASNAN
Head of ICoE-Rel
DR. MOHD FAHMY BIN ABDULLAH
Principal Researcher of ICoE-Rel
DR. SHAHMIR HAYYAN BIN SANUSI
Principal Researcher of ICoE-Rel
Dr. JOEWONO PRASETIJO
Principal Researcher of ICoE-Rel
DR. ASMARASHID BIN PONNIRAN
Senior Researcher of ICoE-Rel
Dr. MOHD AMIN BIN MOHD YUNUS
Senior Researcher of ICoE-REL
Dr. HUDA BIN A MAJID
Senior Researcher of ICoE-REL

Introduction for the Centre of Excellence

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.

Vision

“Towards a world class university in engineering, science and technology for sustainable development."

Mision

“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.”

Objectives

Among the goals of the ICoE-Rel Center of Excellence is to:

  • Conducting inquiries on the interests of the parties involved in developing and strengthening policies and directions within the country in line with the needs of the industry.
  • Conduct analysis and appraisal to meet industry requirements for programs at ICoE-Rel training excellence center which include:
    i. Teaching and learning
    ii. Curriculum
  • Be the main source of reference of various parties, particularly the government in evaluating and formulating policies and policies related to ICoE-Rel towards becoming a developed nation.
  • Be the center of information dissemination with respect to ICoE-Rel through various media including latest technology.
  • Build strategic linkages and networks of ICoE-Rel communities with related agencies such as the Malaysian Qualification Agency (MQA), the Curriculum Development Department (JPK), the Vocational College (KV), the Ministry of Education Malaysia (MOE), the Institute for Labor Market Information and Analysis (ILMIA), MARA, Ministry of Youth and Sports (KBS), Ministry of Agriculture, Prison, Center for Excellence in Private Skills Training (ILKS), National Association of Private Educational Institutions (NAPEI), Malaysian Association of Private Colleges and Universities (MAPCU), Federation of JPK Accredited Centers Malaysia (FeMAC), and other agencies involved with ICOE-RAIL at national and international levels.
  • Become a national platform in building global research and consultative collaboration in the fields of ICoE-Rel to achieve the status of a developed nation.