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UNIGIS Professional Intro Workshop

A new group of UNIGIS Professional students gathered for getting to know each other and the local UNIGIS team in Salzburg last weekend. Again, it was a great opportunity to witness the integrative power and relevance of GIS. The new students have such diverse backgrounds, which range from forestry over crime scene forensics to the real estate business. However, all students are convinced that their career can be boosted by spatializing their respective expertise. We are glad to support this goal at UNIGIS. In the next months these students will not only work through learning materials. Neither will they simply learn …

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u_Lecture webinars fall/winter semester 2017/18

Starting from October, we are looking forward to an exciting roster of outstanding speakers on a range of topics covering themes of current interest for UNIGIS alumni, students, and everyone else. The open u_Lecture webinar series offers a LifeLongLearning opportunity to graduates and everyone keen to follow developments across the exciting field of Geoinformatics. See below for details on upcoming talks, and preview further speakers we keenly anticipate this term: >> Make sure you mark your calendars not to miss these unique opportunities to learn from and interact with these outstanding individuals!   Jan 31, 5pm CET >Register for recording >Richard …

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UNIGIS @ Geospatial World Forum 2018, Hyderabad

The UNIGIS International Association was invited to contribute to the Geospatial World Forum 2018 (GWF’18) conference held in Hyderabad, India from 15th to 19th January 2018. GWF is the largest conference in India focussed on geospatial themes in this country as well as around the globe. GWF is being annually organised in India or at venues in Europe. UNIGIS has been entrusted with a prominent role contributing as knowledge partner to multiple activities over several years. Prof. Josef Strobl (Chair, UNIGIS International Association) had the honour of delivering the prestigious Dr. Roger Tomlinson Memorial Lecture on January 17, attracting an …

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UNIGIS Fellow: Ian Heywood

The UNIGIS board of directors has decided to award the distinction of “UNIGIS Fellow” to Dr Ian Heywood – congratulations! Ian had been involved in key capacities with UNIGIS UK (Manchester) and UNIGIS International since its inception, and always played an important role as an innovator contributing many key concepts and strategies to the development of this still-unique international network of universities dedicated to online distance learning in Geoinformatics. While he is still recognized in the GIS community for his well established introductory textbook, he since has moved on to fields like innovation and entrepreneurship, and ‘up’ to the more …

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Meet UNIGIS at the Geospatial World Forum 2018

Geospatial World Forum, the premier annual global geospatial event, will take place on 17-19 January 2018 in Hyderabad, India. The conference expects participation from 3000+ participants from across the globe. Under the umbrella theme of “GEO4IR: Geo-enabling 4th Industrial Revolution”, the 10th iteration of GWF will touch upon digital disruption, which is at the heart of 4th industrial revolution. The 3-days conference will begin with inaugural and plenary sessions, followed by various thematic sessions on Smart Cities, Construction & Engineering, Location Intelligence, Defense and Public Security, Agriculture, AI and IoT, Sustainable Development Goals, Employability, Regional Cooperation, and others. The conference …

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Ann Olivier named ‘UNIGIS International Fellow’

At the recent UNIGIS International network meeting, the UNIGIS board of directors unanimously decided to award the distinction of “UNIGIS Fellow” to Ann Olivier – congratulations! Ann had started her involvement with UNIGIS at the (then) Port Elizabeth Technikon, quickly developing their UNIGIS program into a highly regarded professional qualification. Over many years and through many structural changes, Ann Olivier was recognized as the ‘heart and soul’ of UNIGIS in South Africa. Numerous students owe their successful graduation to the motivation and support provided throughout their study program, and beyond: many successful geospatial careers would not have been possible without …

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UIA Business Meeting @VU Amsterdam

During the last week of November UNIGIS Program directors have met at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam to discuss future development of distance learning for geospatial professionals worldwide. Throughout the meeting various information and discussion sessions were held on topics of elearning, curriculum, new resources and educational materials as well as virtual exchange of students and marketing actions. Dedicated to Dissemination, the first day of this annual meeting was concluded with a joint participation at the GEO|Design+BIM 2017 conference education panel and a meeting with industry partners. The UNIGIS International Association board of directors used this opportunity to announce the designation …

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UNIGIS Geospatial Events Grant: Congratulations to new Grantees!

This year the UNIGIS International Association established the “Geospatial Events Grant” (GEG), to connect active UNIGIS students with the international geospatial community and enhance the learning experience beyond lessons and exercises. We are now pleased to announce the grantees within the second Call of this Grant! Two UNIGIS students have been awarded a grant for participating in a leading Geospatial event and presenting their work to a broad audience: Oscar Londoño, Master student at UNIGIS AmericaLatina, receives a grant for attending the Esri Health and Human Services GIS Conference 2018. Mr. Londoño  is a medical epidemiologist from Cali, Colombia and …

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Excellence Award for UNIGIS S/E Asia Director Dr. Shahnawaz

Dr. Shahnawaz has been has been honoured with the ‘Excellency Award 2017’ by the Union of Geographic Information Technologists (UGIT) established at Bangalore University, India for his contributions in enhancing geospatial education, training and research in South and Southeast Asia over last fifteen years. Dr. Shahnawaz is Director of UNIGIS S/E Asia at the Interfaculty Department of Geoinformatics – Z_GIS, University of Salzburg, Austria and has established cooperations for Geospatial education between Z_GIS and a number of leading universities in S/E Asia and implemented a range of cooperation activities. Dr. A. S. Kiran Kumar, Chairman – Indian Space Research Organisation …

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Master Thesis workshop – UNIGIS MSc 2016

“The Jadeit Connection: Modelling sea-routes in the Neolithic Aegean” and “Applying GI-Methods on localized IoT-devices and systems for interactive steering of Businesses processes” are only two Master Thesis topics showing the wide range of GIS. The UNIGIS Master Thesis workshop was held on 28 and 29 September 2017 in Salzburg, where 30 students from Germany, Austria and Switzerland presented the current status of their Master Theses, based on very diverse educational and professional backgrounds. The UNIGIS MSc team is wishing all the best and sucess with the tasks ahead.

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