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ASIAN RAIL ACADEMY (ARA) AT ASIA’S PREMIER RAIL EVENT RAIL SOLUTIONS ASIA 2019 FROM 10TH TO 12TH APRIL 2019

(Left to right) Low Ghim Meng, Regional Account Manager, Deutsche Bahn Systel, Maran Chandraraja, Chief Operating Officer of Asian Rail Academy, Philip Snook, Regional Director of Southeast Asia Deutsche Bahn Engineering & Consulting, Dirk Slodzinski, Director of Business Consulting, Deutsche Bahn Engineering & Consulting, Jens Huelsermann, Senior Project Manager, Deutsche Bahn Engineering & Consulting, and Ralf Barth, Key Account Manager International Markets, Deutsche Bahn Systel; speakers, host, and special guests for Asian Rail Academy Gathering of Minds in collaboration with DB Engineering & Consulting


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17th April 2019, Kuala Lumpur – Home-grown rail training provider, Asian Rail Academy (ARA) participated in Asia’s Premier Rail Event at the Rail Solutions Asia 2019 from 10th to 12th April in Kuala Lumpur where ARA showcased its international rail training programmes, networked with over 100 companies present and looked at potential collaborations, including attending the congress and conferences with rail operators, partners, and trade delegates.

Providing demand-driven professional international certification programmes in the rail industry, the Asian Rail Academy has partnerships with industry leaders such as Deutsche Bahn (DB) Rail Academy of DB Group from Germany, the National Training Academy for Rail (NTAR) from the UK and TÜV SÜD from Germany.

With a range of training programmes for the rail industry here in Malaysia, ARA fulfills a key pillar in the 11th Malaysia Plan in enhancing human capital development, spearheading the nation forward for greater advancement into being a fully developed nation. With the foreseen expedited growth in the local rail industry, the Government is expected to develop its’ rail infrastructure and also the creation of new lines.

Rail Solutions Asia's (RSA) registrant at Asian Rail Academy's (ARA) Exhibition Booth filling up the Training Survey for Malaysian Railway Industry by ARA


Gathering of Minds:
ARA organised the Gathering of Minds session on Tuesday, 9th April in partnership with Deutsche Bahn (DB) Engineering & Consulting of DB Group from Germany. With experts from one of the world’s leading mobility and logistics companies with over 180 years of experience, the session saw the sharing of invaluable insights on DB’s success stories and digitalisation and corporatisation for the future of Railways. The Asian Rail Academy (ARA) is the Malaysian training partner for DB Rail Academy (by DB Engineering & Consulting), which is a holistic training and education programme provider for the rail and transport sector. The Gathering of Minds session was held in line with ARA’s important role in fulfilling the crucial needs of a skilled workforce in the Malaysian rail industry and driving human capital development in the country. “Looking at human capital development for the growth of the rail industry in Malaysia and the region, it is encouraging to see the range of professional training programmes provided by world-class organisations such as DB Group. Malaysia is set to be the centre for training in the rail industry for the region, with the Asian Rail Academy and our global partners leading the future of rail training in Asia,” said Maran Chandraraja, COO of the Asian Rail Academy. Speakers at today’s Gathering of Minds Session included Mr. Philip Snook, Director Southeast Asia, Deutsche Bahn Engineering & Consulting and Mr. Dirk Slodzinski, Director of Business Consulting, Deutsche Bahn Engineering & Consulting. With revenues of €42.7 billion in 2017, DB Group is Europe’s leading rail passenger transport, rail freight transport, rail infrastructure, land transport, and operating rail stations. DB Group operates more than 24,000 trains and transports approximately 7.4 million people daily on both its train and buses in Germany

Asian Rail Academy representative networking and sharing information to the delegates


Lucky Draw at RSA 2019:
Asian Rail Academy, an exhibitor for the second straight year, captured the crowd at Rail Solutions Asia having conducted a survey that offered shopping vouchers valued at RM200 each to three selected winners. The winners were picked through a lucky draw randomly selected by Asian Rail Academy Chief Operating Officer Maran Chandraraja. “Congratulations to the winners and thanks to everyone who participated in the survey. This year’s exhibition has been great. It’s our second year at this event and the turnout was very good,” said Maran, who is looking forward to future exhibitions. “We are the first operator-independent rail training provider in Malaysia and we are here because we want the rail community to know about our brand. We conducted the survey so those in the industry can tell us what they want in terms of railway training requirements. It’s been a good event for us. We plan to return to this event and hope to explore potential partnerships with other rail players present here. Through a partnership and with the industry 4.0 initiative, we aim to contribute towards the rail workforce development in Malaysia and the region,” he added.


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