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15. October 2014

Technical University joins the German Pro-Rail Alliance

Alliance’s technical basis strengthened / degree courses for rail engineers

Young engineers in their sights: starting this semester, the Technical University Mittelhessen will offer degree courses for rail engineers. The railway sector has reacted positively because there is a lack of qualified specialist personnel.

Berlin October 15, 2014. The German Pro-Rail Alliance’s academic and technical basis was given a boost today, with the Technical University Mittelhessen now being the second university after the FH Wildau to become a member of the political transport alliance. The Alliance is made up of civil society organisations such as environmental and consumer protection groups, and automobile clubs, trade unions and now two universities. They all work together to promote modern, environmentally friendly rail transport. “We already have a lively exchange with the university in Wildau, for example the university’s logistic expertise has been of considerable help to our work on the EU Flavia project,” said Dirk Flege, managing director of the Pro-Rail Alliance, on Wednesday in Berlin. “Our newest member, the Technical University Mittelhessen, is a breeding ground for engineers and will be offering degree courses in railway engineering starting this semester,” added Flege. As the initiator of the rail sector job exchange ‘Schienenjobs’ (‘rail jobs’), the Pro-Rail Alliance is an important strategic partner for the TU Mittelhessen on all matters relating to recruiting young talent.

“It is important for our students to have a close relationship with their future working environment. We do not want to present specialist knowledge in isolation but holistically,” said Klaus Behler, vice president of the TU Mittelhessen. “The way the Pro-Rail Alliance publically highlights the environmental and sustainability benefits of rail transport corresponds with the system approach that we want our students to learn.”

The Technical University Mittelhessen becomes the 21st member of the German Pro-Rail Alliance. Its current members include the environmental organisations BUND, NABU, Deutsche Umwelthilfe and NaturFreunde Deutschlands, the consumer groups Pro Bahn, DBV and VCD, the automobile clubs ACE and ACV, the car-sharing association bsc, the cycling organisation ADFC and the railway unions EVG and GDL. The Association of rail station missions and the railway associations BDEF, BF Bahnen, VBB, VDEI, FEANDC and the Technical University Wildau round off the Pro-Rail Alliance’s non-profit group of members. Financially, the multi-mode transport alliance is supported by over 100 companies operating in the railway sector, including Deutsche Bahn, Veolia, Keolis, Bombardier and Siemens.