SAR MOU signing with BCRRE

INTERNATIONAL: Saudi Arabia Railways and the University of Birmingham have signed an agreement to collaborate on research, development and railway education.

The Memorandum of Understanding between the two organisations will see specialists at the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research & Education working with SAR to deliver bespoke railway education for SAR employees.

In addition, the agreement provides for an evaluation of opportunities for joint research and development programmes that would ‘leverage the unique expertise from each organisation’.

‘The launch of SAR’s five-year strategy in 2020 made it essential for SAR to build a national pool of talent for its various functions’, explained Human Resources & Support Services General Manager Eng Abdulrahman Turkistani. ‘This will ensure that SAR can achieve and go beyond its ambitious targets. We chose the University of Birmingham as our partner to deliver their world class technical railway education to our national talent pool.’

‘SAR has an ambitious growth strategy, which we are very excited to be supporting’, added Prof Clive Roberts, Director of BCRRE. ‘Together we can ensure access to expertise, cutting-edge technology, and a pipeline of next generation engineers that will secure a robust future for the industry in Saudi Arabia.’ 

Read an in-depth interview with SAR about its vision for railway development in the Kingdom.