Bataan SU will offer railway engineering course

Bataan Peninsula State University (BPSU) is set to offer railway engineering as an additional program in its College of Engineering and Architecture.

It should be noted that BPSU’s plan to offer the new engineering program was inspired by Automated Guideway Transit (AGT), an alternative transit technology that was designed and developed by the Department of Science and Technology from the Metals Industry Research and Development Center (DOST-MIRDC). The AGT will be installed at the BPSU.

The Railway Engineering program will be offered to students by August 2023.

DOST, DOST-Philippine Council for Industry, Energy, and Emerging Technology Research and Development, and BPSU recently signed, in a virtual ceremony, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOA) for the installation of AGT at the BPSU.

During the signing of the MOA, the DOST-MIRDC expressed its full support for the project to promote innovations in railway technology.

The MOA specified the schedule for the project – the construction of the railway, the electrical room and the storage of the coaches, the tests and the development of the modules which will be completed by December 2022.

The AGT lab facility will also launch in December 2022.

DOST-MIRDC Executive Director Roberto O. Dizon expressed the center’s full support for the project.

“I am proud to say that I come from Balanga, [Bataan]. I’m really proud that we have a railway engineer here [program] using AGT [technology]said Dizon.

He shared the hope that eventually the real AGT will circulate around Balanga. Zalda R. Gayahan/S&T Media Services

Picture credits: Photo BPSU

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