HKSAR Chief Executive Officially Opens MTR Academy (2016/11/10)
With the aim of attracting newcomers, especially amongst the younger generation, to the rail industry to create a strong pipeline of talent to drive future development and professional excellence of the MTR Corporation, the MTR Academy (“the Academy”) was officially opened today (10 November).
Chief Executive of HKSAR Mr C Y Leung, Deputy Minister of the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in HKSAR Ms Qiu Hong, Secretary for Labour and Welfare Mr Matthew Cheung, Chairman of MTR Corporation Professor Frederick Ma, Chief Executive Officer of MTR Corporation Mr Lincoln Leong and President of MTR Academy Mr Morris Cheung officiated at the opening ceremony at the Academy’s local campus in Hung Hom this afternoon.
As a wholly owned subsidiary of MTR Corporation, the vision of the MTR Academy is to be a globally recognised railway management and engineering centre of excellence that offers high quality programmes for people in Hong Kong as well as the railway industry in the Mainland of China and overseas. By training railway talents and developing railway experts and executives, the Academy will support the Belt and Road Initiative and contribute to the advancement of service and operational excellence of the railway industry worldwide.
“We are extremely honoured to have received tremendous support from the government, the academic community and professional institutions to establish the MTR Academy. In setting up this Academy, we aim to meet three important objectives: First, we wish to leverage on MTR’s extensive railway experience and expertise to nurture the next generations of railway professionals; second, we want to share our knowledge with railway operators and authorities worldwide; and finally, we hope MTR Academy will become a world-class training hub for railway professionals from the Mainland of China, the Belt and Road region and around the world,” said Chairman of MTR Corporation Professor Frederick Ma.
“The Academy has an expert faculty comprised of members of the MTR Corporation who are leaders in railway management and operations in their professional fields. We will further build on this strong foundation by inviting renowned thought leaders and international railway experts and universities to collaborate with us to keep participants updated on the latest industry trends and share knowledge through a rail operator-oriented platform,” added Chief Executive Officer of MTR Corporation Mr Lincoln Leong.
The MTR Academy will offer railway executive and professional programmes which form the Centres of Excellences in Safety, Asset Management, Customer Service, System Engineering and Operations Training. It will seek collaboration opportunities with other institutions, and share and promote best practices in railway services.
Recruitment for the first programme, the Advanced Diploma in Railway Engineering, is underway. The programme has been successfully accredited by the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ) and aims to provide students with the essential knowledge and practical skills in railway engineering to ensure high quality and reliable railway operations in today’s technology-driven environment. Apart from studying relevant theories, students can obtain practical training including through hands-on practical exercises and job attachments.
For more information and the courses offered by The MTR Academy, please refer to its website: https://www.mtracademy.com/en/index.html.
About MTR Corporation
MTR Corporation is regarded as one of the world’s leading railway operators for safety, reliability, customer service and cost efficiency. In its home base of Hong Kong, the Corporation operates nine commuter railway lines, a Light Rail network and a high-speed Airport Express link on which more than 5.5 million passenger trips are made on a normal week day. Another 5 million passenger trips are made on the rail services it operates outside Hong Kong in the Mainland of China, the United Kingdom, Sweden and Australia. In addition, the Corporation is involved in a range of railway construction projects as well as railway consultancy and contracting services around the world. Leveraging on its railway expertise, the Corporation is involved in the development of transit-related residential and commercial property projects, property management, shopping malls leasing and management, advertising media and telecommunication services.
For more information about MTR Corporation, please visit www.mtr.com.hk.