AAU holds workshop for new Railway Engineering post-grad programs

The African Railway Education and Research Institute (ARERI) of the Addis Ababa University Institute of Technology (AAiT) organized a ‘program validation and inception’ workshop at the Hilton Hotel on February 9-10, 2017 to evaluate and validate the newly designed Railway Engineering programs it is to launch in the upcoming academic year.

The institute is to launch three M.Sc. programs and a Ph.D. program in Railway Engineering during the upcoming academic year.

The programs to be evaluated and validated are the newly designed Railway Engineering program in Civil Railway Engineering, Electrical Engineering of Railway Systems and Rolling Stocks Engineering.

The aim of the conference was to bring together experts and researchers to share their research findings on the three themes of railway engineering and enrich the curriculum developed on these areas.

Esayas G/yohannes (Ph.D.), Executive Director of the AAiT, stated during the workshop that the creation of a dependable railway systems knowledge and management calls for strengthening local capacity by training qualified and skilled professionals who can consult, manage and maintain railway systems.


“Rooted in these core values, AAiT has designed a curriculum with references to international M.Sc. in Railway Engineering benchmarking Europe and Chinese Universities,” he added.

The first day of the conference featured presentation and discussion amongst local and regional scholars invited on the conference to evaluate contents, objectives and eligibility of the program in pipeline.

Four teams presented overviews of the newly designed programs for M.Sc. and Ph.D. Discussion was held following internal and external assessors’ reports on the presentation.

Day two of the workshop highlighted areas of collaboration with national and international partners to consolidate capacity of the ARERI.