Professor Strobl and the UNIGIS Professional team had the pleasure to welcome future GIS professionals in Salzburg last weekend. The highly motivated group gathered primarily to get to know each other and the UNIGIS team, but also to get in touch with the study materials and to learn about the various opportunities for specialisation in their UNIGIS professional study program.
Once again it became obvious that GIS skills are required in a vast number of disciplines. The diversity of domains that were represented in the introductory workshop was large: from GIS professionals in a military context to urbanists and from IT developers to public administration. But irrespectively of these differences all participants quickly identified a common ground: the geographical coordinate and the spatial perspective on the respective domain. This is exactly where UNIGIS comes in: we teach generic GIS methods, concepts and tool skills, which are then further developed by the participants for their specific needs in their professional environment.
Currently the new students set up their personal learning and software environment and make their first steps in the introductory module. But we are confident that within a few weeks they become active members in the growing UNIGIS community!