China’s “One Belt One Road” initiative which encompasses South East Asia, Asia and nations all the way to Europe is already drawing enormous attention in the region and abroad. This connectivity and cooperation between those countries will be a major step forward in terms of trade, cultural and scientific exchanges. The Trans-Asia-Railway (TAR) project is planned to connect Singapore all the way to Istanbul and beyond, with a distance of over 14,080 km of rail tracks is already on track. In respond to this, Malaysia has embarked on the initiative of introduction the high speed railway (HSR) from Singapore across peninsular Malaysia. As such an opportunity has arises on the formation of a research center to promote interdisciplinary research in railway infrastructure, engineering and socio-economics; and railway engineering related courses and services. This will also serve the ongoing rail transport operation in Malaysia, such as KTM, LRT and the new MRT.