KUALA LUMPUR: MyHSR Corporation Sdn Bhd (MyHSR Corp) is partnering with eight local education institutions to develop talents equipped with rail-related skills to fill high-skilled jobs for the Kuala Lumpur – Singapore High Speed Rail project. The eight institutions are Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Universiti Tun Hussein Onn, Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka, Universiti Malaysia Pahang, Universiti Malaysia Perlis, Universiti Teknologi Mara, Universiti Kuala Lumpur, and partner TVET institutions include Polytechnics and Community Colleges, Institusi Latihan Kemahiran Belia & Sukan under Kementerian Belia & Sukan and Mara. MyHSR Corp has entered into a memorandum of understanding with the education institutions comprising of local universities and Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET), for the MyHSR Academy initiative. In addition to embedding rail related modules in degree programs in these institutes, the academy will focus on delivering professional training programmes and facilitating the delivery of academic and TVET courses with high speed rail and rail elements to create a pipeline of end-to-end rail talent supply. “This initial phase of collaboration is crucial to ensure courses are in line with industry needs, warranting industry-ready graduates for the HSR project, at the same time benefiting the rail industry as a whole. Our aspiration is to have HSR-ready graduates by 2019, in line with the estimated start of civil works and Assets Company (AssetsCo) appointment at the end of 2018,” said MyHSR Corp CEO Datuk Mohd Nur Ismal Mohamed Kamal in a statement.