ADIF and Moscow State University of Railway Engineering (MIIT) signed a five year cooperation agreement for training managers and specialist staff of RZD (Russian Railways), continuing the partnership signed by in 2008.
Both parties consider necessary to maintain their cooperation in this field, taking into account ADIF’s experience in the rail sector and profitable of this collaboration in the past. Adif-RZD relationship included since 2000, a series of seminars for RZD ‘s managerial staff were organised on aspects such as economic-financial management, budgetary and accounting planning, internal auditing and management control, human resources management, strategic development of railway companies, modern management systems systems and operating operating high speed lines, traffic management and infrastructure maintenance, ERTMS interoperability and solutions for integrating the HS network with the conventional network (gauge changers), and current problems in rail transport management: development, innovation and maintenance.
The significance of this agreement lies in the importance of the Russian rail network, of the 85,000 km of lines and the 1 million employees. The major development plans of the Russian railway network are of hign interest to ADIF and to Spanish railway industry.
An element of particular interest to Spain and Russia is represented by the development of railway equipment related to the technologies of automatic gauge change. In this area, the experience of ADIF is valuable for a country like Russia, which faces similar gauge issues.
The new agreement will facilitate regular exchanges of delegations, study tours, seminars, technical conferences and meetings. The areas of common interest covered by this agreement will be the technology, studies, planning, construction, management, operation and maintenance of the railway infrastructure. It will also cover areas such as human resources, training and safety, both for infrastructure and passenger and freight transport, o n both conventional lines and high speed.