16 January 2012

Ding, ding! Next stop Lyon

Hansley Maudhub is heading to Lyon next month to work with Keolis, the largest private-sector transport group in France.

Man stepping onto a tram

Hansley Maudhub is heading for France.

Front of a Yarra Tram

Yarra Trams is operated by KDR Victoria, a partnership between Keolis and Australian infrastructure management company, Downer EDI.

The RMIT University Electrical Engineering student has already spent six months with Yarra Trams in Melbourne.

Now he will complete the year-long internship at the French parent company of Yarra Trams, the first of its kind to be awarded.

Mr Maudhub embodies RMIT's mission to be a global university of technology and design.

He came to Melbourne from Mauritius to study only four years ago and is now heading off to Europe with the assistance of the RMIT International Industry Experience and Research Program (RIIERP).

Mr Maudhub said the French embassy was looking for an exchange student – someone about to graduate in Electrical or Infrastructure Engineering and who could speak French.

"My RMIT degree was essential, plus I speak French as I come from Mauritius.

"In France, I'm going to be looking at the differences between the tram network in Melbourne, which is very old, and in Lyon, which is very new.

"I'll be taking ideas with me from Melbourne and in turn looking for ways to improve Melbourne's iconic tram network."

Mr Maudhub's manager in Melbourne, Susan Patrick, said: "Hansley has been an excellent addition to the Project Management team at Yarra Trams.

"In his time with us he has been heavily involved in a number of power projects.

"Hansley has not only developed his electrical engineering expertise while at Yarra Trams, he has enhanced his problem-solving, communications and team work skills."

RIIERP Director, Professor Sylvester Abanteriba, said: "Yarra Trams and its parent company, Keolis, have been exceptionally generous in terms of the living allowance, supervision and facilities provided to Hansley for his internship.

"Assistance from the French Government through the French embassy in the form of insurance cover is highly appreciated.

"As an international student, Hansley's internship is of special significance, since it allows him to combine the rigorous education at RMIT in the Australian cultural environment with excellent technical industry training under French cultural conditions.

"It is also worth noting that each year international students constitute about 30 per cent of RIIERP's participants."

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