PolyU CPCE and MTR Academy Collaborate to Develop Railway Engineering Expertise

Education | 21 Apr 2020

To nurture students who aspire to embark on a career in railway engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU)-affiliated College of Professional and Continuing Education (CPCE) and the MTR Academy (MTRA) of MTR Corporation have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

Signed by Mr David Leung Yiu-fai, Dean of MTRA and Professor Peter P. Yuen, Dean of CPCE, the MoU sets out the framework to facilitate further discussions between the two parties to conduct collaborative education and training programmes and/or projects for the development of railway engineering expertise.

MoU Aims to Enhance Engineering Education and Articulation Pathway

“The signing of the MoU between CPCE and the MTRA, a highly regarded global training institute for railway management and operation, enables both parties to explore together possible collaborative initiatives conducive to nurturing railway-related professionals in Hong Kong, Chinese mainland and overseas countries,” says Professor Yuen. 

Effective from 1 March 2020 for a period of three years, the MoU facilitates ongoing discussions between the School of Professional Education and Executive Development (SPEED), an educational unit of CPCE, and the MTRA on two potential areas of collaboration, viz, articulation pathway and education.

For articulation pathway, graduates of the Advanced Diploma in Railway Engineering offered by the MTRA will be accepted to apply for either the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Electrical Engineering (EE) or the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering (ME) programmes offered in both full-time and part-time modes of study by SPEED.

For education, the two institutions may deliver joint seminars, workshops and lectures for SPEED’s ME and EE programmes. MTRA’s experts will provide support by taking part in the learning activities as guest speakers, final-year-project co-supervisors or visiting lecturers for the two SPEED programmes. Both parties will also explore ways to support the industrial training needs of the students of the two SPEED programmes, including arranging site visits and internships.

Big Demand for Infrastructure Engineers in HK and Greater Bay Area

Dr Udaya Kahangamage, Programme Leader of SPEED’s BEng (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering, expects that there will be a big demand for qualified young engineers to provide professional services for future infrastructure projects in Hong Kong and the Greater Bay Area including energy and industrial automation projects. Besides, more engineers are urgently needed to tackle current and potential problems caused by industrial development such as pollution, waste management, and transportation issues.

Mr David Leung, Dean of MTRA, stated that coverage of MTR’s railway network in Hong Kong will be extended and customer experience enhanced under the Rail Gen 2.0 programme.  The demand for railway talents will surge to cope with increasing passengers. Outside Hong Kong, in pursuit of the Belt and Road Initiative and the development of the Greater Bay Area, the need for rail transport will become significant, and lots of opportunities for railway professionals will emerge. In addition to the large number of engineers required during construction and development stage, railway operations will also require many different areas of competence, such as maintenance, operations, customer service, and etc.

 

For more information about the above two engineering programmes of SPEED, please visit:

BEng (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering

BEng (Hons) in Electrical Engineering

 

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