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February 27, 2020 Thursday 02:35:53 PM IST

Birmingham partners with India's rail chiefs on postgraduate education

National Edu News

University of Birmingham railways experts will work with the National Rail and Transport Institute of India (NRTI) to establish a joint MSc programme in Railway Engineering that would see India’s future rail experts spending a year studying at each institution. And experts from Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education (BCRRE) will work with NRTI to develop a module for undergraduate students – taught by a post-doctoral academic with guest lectures from a Birmingham professor.

University of Birmingham programmes under consideration for the proposed partnership include Masters programmes in Railway Safety & Control Systems and Railway Systems Engineering & Integration. The partnership agreement was reached during a visit to New Delhi by University of Birmingham Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir David Eastwood and Head of BCRRE Professor Clive Roberts.

BCRRE experts are already working with NRTI partners to establish a new research centre to help develop and deliver hi-tech transport systems that improve journeys for people across in India. The Centre of Excellence on Next Generation Transportation Systems will see British and Indian experts working together to identify common research interests and data held that will allow them to produce world-leading and impactful joint research.

Both organisations have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) agreeing to identify joint research interests and support the development of education programmes that will help produce future transport leaders and world-leading research.  BCRRE already has strong links with the NTRI, having been involved in the framework for the establishment of the Institute in 2018. An updated MOU and the latest postgraduate education agreement solidify this relationship and support the development of programmes of education at NRTI.

The University of Birmingham has a number of significant partnerships in India, underpinned by its India Institute which aims to increase the visibility, impact and coherence of Birmingham’s engagement in the country.

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