Experts from the University of Birmingham and Jamaica University of Technology (UTech, Jamaica) will work together to promote the development of railway engineering and transport in Jamaica.
A memorandum of understanding signed between the two universities marks the beginning of new relations aimed at sparking research partnerships that will develop railway engineering and transport in the two countries.
It will include opportunities for researchers from the two institutions to work together on engineering and related projects, as well as stimulate the development of networks with local railway agencies.
Opening the memorandum of understanding, Professor Clive Roberts, head of the School of Engineering at the University of Birmingham, said: With strong industrial ties in both countries, we look forward to providing solutions that can be quickly adopted by the railway sector. ”
The memorandum of understanding was signed during a joint symposium on railway engineering, organized in Jamaica by the University of Birmingham and the University of Technology. This two-day event includes addresses by Professor Roberts and Oneil Josephs, Head of the School of Engineering at the University of Technology, Jamaica.
Oneil Josephs said: “UTech, Jamaica’s partnership with the University of Birmingham for technical cooperation in rail rehabilitation efforts in Jamaica will have a positive impact on capacity building in support of research, knowledge and expertise in modern railway technology. We are excited about the prospect of combining the expertise of both our institutions to provide innovation and sustainable solutions to Jamaica’s broader drive for rail technology development. ”
The Symposium and Memorandum of Understanding are supported by Dr. Kevin Brown, leader of the Working Group on Partnerships at the Global Diaspora Council of Jamaica (GJDC), an advisory body set up to facilitate more effective interaction between the Jamaican government and its citizens. abroad (Diaspora).
Dr Kevin Brown said: “Jamaica has one of the oldest railways in the world, much of which is currently in disrepair. The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the University of Birmingham and UTech is part of a broader UK-based Friends of the Jamaica National Railway project to develop a public tourist railway line between Kingston Station and Culture Yard in Trench Town, Jamaica. The public railway has been successful in the United Kingdom, and its introduction in Jamaica will help boost the local economy and help rebuild the railway sector. The expertise and support of both universities will be key to the success of the public railway project and the Jamaican government’s vision for the return of passenger rail services across the country.
The signing ceremony of the memorandum of understanding was attended by the Minister of Transport and Mining of Jamaica, hn. Audley Shaw, CD, MP and Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator admirer. Leslie Campbell; both made notes and welcomed the pact between the two institutions.
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