National Key Research and Development --“The Belt & Road Initiative” International Railway Connection Research and Communication Center was approved in 2016. As an international scientific and innovation cooperation key project, it is led by Prof. Nie Lei from Beijing Jiaotong University and collaborated with Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM), International Union of Railways (UIC), China Railway International Co., Ltd., and China Railway First Survey & Design Institute Group Co., Ltd.

National Key Research and Development --“The Belt & Road Initiative” International Railway Connection Research and Communication Center was approved in 2016. As an international scientific and innovation cooperation key project, it is led by Prof. Nie Lei from Beijing Jiaotong University and collaborated with Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM), International Union of Railways (UIC), China Railway International Co., Ltd., and China Railway First Survey & Design Institute Group Co., Ltd.

Project implications

It is necessary to have international cooperation. Railway network plays a crucial role in the land connections on the road of “BRI”. From a strategic perspective, the international cooperation in railway technology and innovation will support the “BRI” implement, drive the global transportation innovation network, improve the scientific communication and enhance the “going out” environment for railway enterprises.

Project objectives and missions
Project expected outcomes

Based on scientific research, international communication and talents cultivation, this project aims to build an international scientific innovative environment to drive the cooperation between countries under the “BRI” context.

  • Build railway transportation international innovation cooperation network by setting up the Silk Road railway transportation research base.

  • Focus on international high-quality research resources to develop original researches and guide the related technology development and standards.

  • Foster the international talents under the “BRI” and drive the long-term communications and cooperation.

  • Improve the “going out” international environment by coordinating the railway enterprises to join the research and communication.

In the coming 3-year execution period, this project expects to achieve the following outcomes which include setting up the Silk Road railway transportation research base, drafting or revising relevant international technology standards (suggestion/guidance), releasing high-quality collaborative research reports, patents applications, conducting international conferences, etc.