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UNIGIS MSc 2018 successfully launched in Salzburg

“No open questions” was the motto of the 2-day introductory workshop held in Salzburg. Study-related topics provided a detailed insight into the UNIGIS distance learning framework. The UNIGIS MSc study day’s on 1st and 2nd March were attended by 32 new students from Germany, Austria and Switzerland with a very diverse educational and professional background. The UNIGIS MSc team is wishing our new candidates all the best for their upcoming coursework, and are looking forward to seeing everyone soon again at one or another future event!

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UNIGIS Geospatial Events Grants 2018

UNIGIS International Association “Geospatial events grants” (GEG) – Now open for applications! Established in 2017, the UNIGIS International Association for the first time awarded grants for participation in a leading Geospatial event. The aim is connecting UNIGIS students with the international geospatial community, So far, six UNIGIS students have been selected for funding and benefitted from presenting their work to a broad and international audience. You can learn more about their experiences on our blog. In 2018, two calls will be launched: Call spring 2018: application period March 1st – April 30th Call autumn 2018: application period October 1st – …

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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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Winners of the UIA Academic Excellence Prize

The UNIGIS International Association (UIA) would like to announce the winners of its Academic Excellence Prize. The Prize, initiated in 2008, is presented to the student, or students, who submits the best MSc thesis (or paper) during the academic year and are nominated by their UNIGIS sites. As usually, this year’s competition was again very tight with seven excellent high quality MSc theses being considered by the Review Panel. In the end, the panel decided to make three awards, including two winners of the Academic Excellence Prize for 2017 – both researching the topic of Volunteered Geographic Information: – Luke …

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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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Next Call for UNIGIS Geospatial Events Grants – GEG

Geospatial Events Grants Call 2017/2  – Now open for applications September 2017 “UNIGIS Geospatial Events Grants” The UNIGIS International Association is announcing the second call of the “Geospatial Events Grants” (GEG) funded by UNIGIS International Association and industry partners. Connecting active UNIGIS students with the international geospatial community and creating added value within the UNIGIS network are the objectives of the GEG. Participating in a leading Geospatial event will enhance the learning experience beyond lessons and exercises and is of course an excellent opportunity to establish new contacts with GIS experts from all over the world. The call considers the …

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UNIGIS @ GeoSmart Asia 2017, Kuala Lumpur

>UNIGIS was invited to contribute to the >GeoSmart Asia 2017 conference held in Putrajaya, Malaysia from August 22-24 and to organise the ‘Geospatial Youth Forum’ bringing academia, industry, organisations and students onto a common platform for promoting career-oriented face-to-face interaction. >GeoSmart Asia is one of the largest regional conferences focussed on geospatial themes in Asia and is being annually organised in countries across the region. UNIGIS has been entrusted with a prominent role of conducting Geospatial Capacity Building sessions since 2005 and this was the 15th continuous session coordinated by UNIGIS at this international event. Dr. Shahnawaz (Director, UNIGIS S/E …

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