Throughout its existence, Busworld has been a focal point for people who want to find all kinds of information on the many aspects of the bus and coach industry. Using our worldwide network of exhibitors, operators, academics, journalists, engineers and other contacts, we have always been able to point people in the right direction.
The time has come to step up a gear and formalise our abilities by establishing the Busworld Academy. The President is Stefan Meersseman.
The Busworld Academy has three main objectives, mainly to acquire, bundle and share bus and coach related knowledge about all aspects of the industry, including technological developments to enhance sustainable mobility, legislation, markets and more specialised topics, such as coach tourism.
Stefan Meersseman explained: “Acquire means that we will look for all existing knowledge, studies, projects and proposals. A lot of research is being done, but some of it is not communicated well enough. On top of this, we need to motivate schools, colleges and universities to undertake new research with suitable qualified partners, especially when there is need for extra knowledge in a certain area.
“Bundle means making all this information, both existing and new, “findable” or retrievable.”
“Share means making this knowledge available for other parties to support bus and coach development worldwide through the Busworld communication channels and through the participation of Busworld Academy Expert Members in seminars, congresses and other events where the right knowledge can and will make the difference.”
Knowledge in the Busworld Academy will be organised in four main categories:
- Technological developments: the research and development departments of the bus and coach industry and other related industries; academics, engineers, experts in various fields, and students. This will concentrate on important topics like safety, sustainable mobility (weight of vehicles, mobility, alternative energy,…) and the availability of funding for research.
- Legislation: the construction and use of buses and coaches; emissions legislation; Bus Rapid Transit and school buses; import and export regulations. This will have links with legal authorities and trade associations like IRU and UITP.
- Market information: this will describe the bus and coach business per region, especially those where Busworld is active. We will collate all available statistics and market research. This information will be important for people involved in marketing, product planning, aftersales, and also for journalists.
- Specialised topics such as Coach Tourism.