LRT-1 private operator Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) officially sealed partnership with Ateneo De Manila University (ADMU) through its School of Science and Engineering to further strengthen the expertise of students and create a pool of potential railway experts.
Under the signed memorandum of agreement (MOA), LRMC and ADMU are set to work together towards national capacity building, knowledge-sharing, and promotion of technological innovation in the field of railway transportation. The partnership highlights the importance of research and academic engagement.
Present during LRMC and Ateneo Railway and Transportation Engineering partnership signing were (L-R) Ateneo De Manila University Dean of School of Science and Engineering Dr. Raphael A. Guerrero, Vice President for the Loyola Schools Dr. Maria Luz Vilches, together with LRMC President and CEO Juan F. Alfonso, and Chief Operating Officer Rolando J. Paulino III.
“LRMC considers this as a great partnership in designing railway engineering courses and programs to support the growing need for highly skilled and competent rail workforce on the back of continuous developments in the railway industry here. This will also aim to showcase the importance of private sector and academe collaboration in promoting real world learning among students, where students can engage in projects that allow them to address public transportation issues and see their academic work’s impact beyond the walls of the classroom,” LRMC President and CEO Juan F. Alfonso, who also sits as a member of the Advisory Board of the Ateneo Research Institute of Science and Engineering (ARISE), said.
LRMC and ADMU will develop an internship program under which ADMU may deploy students to LRMC for training and learning with access to facilities and equipment, while LRMC may assign its officers, employees, and consultants as subject matter experts in any of the courses offered by ADMU, with main function of acting as resource speakers for particular topics covered by ADMU courses.
Representatives from ADMU had a tour at LRT-1 Depot in Baclaran with LRMC officers. In photo (L-R): LRMC Head of Human Resources and Admin Florence Bautista, LRMC Head of Corporate Communications and Customer Relations Jacqueline Gorospe, LRMC President and CEO Juan F. Alfonso, ADMU Vice President for the Loyola Schools Dr. Maria Luz Vilches , ADMU Dean of School of Science and Engineering Dr. Raphael A. Guerrero, LRMC Chief Operating Officer Rolando J. Paulino III, LRMC Rolling Stock Manager Akponor Odinze, LRMC Human Resources Manager for Learning & Development/Engagement Maria Victoria Agustin, Elvie Corbe, ADMU Department of Electronics, Computer and Communications Engineering Assistant Professor Dr. King Harold A. Recto, and ADMU Department of Electronics, Computer and Communications Engineering Assistant Professor Dr. Robert Alfie S. Pena
Ateneo De Manila University – School of Science and Engineering Dean Raphael A. Guerrero, Ph.D. shared “Ateneo and the School of Science and Engineering (SOSE) are excited to embark on this journey with Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC). Through this partnership to further develop railway and transportation engineering in the country, SOSE and LRMC move forward in a shared mission of advancing excellence and serving the nation.”
“With the industry’s promising outlook around the world, rail holds an important position in driving a sustainable future for our cities and regions. The latest advances in technology through digitalization, big data, artificial intelligence, Internet of Things, and material science present a great opportunity for the rail sector to deliver more tailored approaches and efficient services. We are excited to make things happen and create a better environment to live in through our partnership with Ateneo,” LRMC President Alfonso added.
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