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Academics from Javeriana University in Bogotá and Manchester Metropolitan University in the UK have worked together to provide government officials with training in railway development.
This is intended to support the government’s strategy to rehabilitate the 914 mm gauge rail network with the aim of transferring heavy freight from the roads and improving connectivity.
Organisation and development of the course was led by Javeriana University’s professors Nicolás Rincón García, director of the Masters programme in Logistics & Transportation, and Carlos Eduardo Fúquene, director of the Javeriana Department of Industrial Engineering. The Manchester Metropolitan University team was led by David Bamford, Professor in Operations Management.
The four-day course shared policy and operational expertise with the aim of helping senior decision-makers manage railways safely and effectively.
Topics covered included ‘both conventional and modern’ rail development planning, as well as project control principles, change management techniques and technologies for the development, design and management of upgraded rail infrastructure.
The national programme to rehabilitate the rail network is being supported by the UK government’s Prosperity Fund, which backs inclusive economic growth and United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
This article first appeared on www.railwaygazette.com
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