Brussels, Belgium (Urban Transport News): Paying tribute to Director of Rail Laurent Dauby, who passed away in 2019, UITP has launched a new scholarship program that will be offered to five people every year, beginning in 2021.
It’s open to people under 40 years of age who are employees within public transport. Applicants can work for a current UITP member or be from a non-member. There will be three compulsory core courses and one elective course during the year.
In order to best assist the next generation of colleagues, applicants must be from developing countries where the GDP per capita is under USD 10,000 (per World Bank listings).
"Laurent was a respected colleague to many across the public transport sector and a friend to even more. His commitment to advancing sustainable transport and enthusiasm to share his vast knowledge was recognised by all of those who knew him. UITP believes that a legacy such as his deserves to be honoured by supporting the next generation of public transport leaders and passing on the knowledge he helped to build. I encourage all of those who meet the criteria to apply for what I know will be a rich and rewarding experience,” said Mohamed Mezghani, UITP Secretary-General.
From those who apply, five recipients will be selected to become this year’s scholars. Those five will then be asked to complete four courses by the end of the year and will have the opportunity to take part in a graduation ceremony alongside their fellow students who have also completed the programme.
"It’s important to all of us at UITP, and those who knew and admired Laurent within the sector, to carry on his legacy by helping the next generation of public transport leaders develop," said an official statement issued by UITP.
The last date to apply for the scholarship programme for 2021 is March 31, 2021.
The International Association of Public Transport (UITP) works to enhance the quality of life and economic well-being by supporting and promoting sustainable transport in urban areas worldwide.