DB Schenker Rail and the Technical University of Dresden have agreed to establish a Centre for Rail Logistics to develop alternative business models and product ideas in the rail freight sector. The co-operation agreement runs to December 2018 with an option for a further year.

Angolan operator Caminho de Ferro de Luanda and Portuguese national infrastructure manager Refer have agreed to co-operate at a strategic level to support and enhance the skills, operational management and technical understanding of CFL, whose network is in the process of being rehabilitated.

Italferr is to provide railway engineering courses at Sapienza University in Roma for 10 Omani graduates, with the aim of enabling them to form the nucleus of Oman Rail Co which will develop the planned national network.

The Indonesian province of East Kalimantan has signed an agreement with RZD subsidiary Kalimantan Rail to allow 300 local university students to study undertake courses at Moscow State University of Railway Engineering. KR is planning to build a 180 km heavy haul coal railway on the island.

The Arema Educational Foundation is offering a paid fellowship to an ‘aspiring railway employee’ to attend the 2014 Watford Conference in Amsterdam on October 15-18, being hosted by NS and ProRail. The Watford Group was founded in 1963 by British Railways to promote design excellence among its operating regions, but today more than 20 countries are eligible to send delegates to its annual conference.

Every PKP Intercity driver is to undergo training on a driving simulator at least once per year. The operator has awarded a 5·4m zloty contract for procurement of simulators to Autocomp Management.