Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Welcome UNIGIS Turkey!

Dr. Deniz Gerçek
Turkish language 'lifelong learning' students are now supported through a local UNIGIS Turkey contact point that is coordinated by Dr. Deniz Gerçek. Dr Gerçek received her PhD from the Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara and conducted part of her PhD studies at the University of Salzburg.

Since 2010 she is affiliated with Kocaeli University in İzmit. Her research focus is on Remote Sensing and Object-Based Image Analysis connecting with other fields of GIScience including Spatial Statistics, and Application Development.

The first cohort of Turkish students will be welcomed for the next student intake in autumn. Applications for UNIGIS professional and UNIGIS MSc programs already have been opened.

If your native language is Turkish, are interested in our distance learning programmes and are keen to develop your career in a geospatial discipline, UNIGIS@Turkey as a partner of the University of Salzburg is looking forward to hearing from you via office.turkey@unigis.net!


Monday, June 27, 2016

Top award for UNIGIS América Latina Director Richard Resl

Jack Dangermond with
Richard and Domingo on stage
During the plenary session of this year's Esri User Conference (see link at bottom for bilingual slides), Richard Resl and Domingo Ankuash received the 'Making a Difference' award from Esri's Jack Dangermond. This distinction highlights their work towards preserving Amazonian Indians' land rights and livelihoods.

Domingo's present to Jack Dangermond:
'maps serving as our spears'
Through the AmazonGISnet initiative the territories of indigenous groups are documented to preserve this native and pristine environment for their next generations. After being applauded by the 15000 strong audience for their impressive talk, Domingo presented a ceremonial spear to Jack Dangermond, symbolizing the role of maps and GIS in defending their homelands.

Richard Resl, Josef Strobl,
Domingo Ankuash and ESRI's Mike Gould

Congratulations to both leaders of this initiative, and to Richard for not only successfully managing UNIGIS in Latin America, but also facilitating outstanding participative GIS support for various groups of citizens!

>>> Presentation slides

Sunday, June 26, 2016

50th workshop at UNIGIS Kraków, Poland

In the middle of June students of intake 2015 together with the organizers celebrated  the 50th workshop in the history of Postgraduate Studies in Geographic Information Systems UNIGIS at Jagiellonian University in Kraków.

After regular classes on GPS data collection in laboratories and in the field, students and teachers gathered in the social room of the Institute of Geography and Spatial Management JU. A speech of the programme director prof. Jacek Kozak opened the meeting, then students and teachers tasted cake and strawberries, that accompanied informal consultations.

With this significant anniversary we started next enrolment of candidates for the UNIGIS studies beginning in October 2016. For further information please visit http://www.unigis.uj.edu.pl/ or send an e-mail to unigis@gis.geo.uj.edu.pl.

Registration for 2016 intake in Poland is now open!


Saturday, June 25, 2016

Meet UNIGIS at the Esri conferences

Meet UNIGIS at the biggest GIS event of the year, the Esri User Conference in San Diego. From June 25th until June 30th, you can find UNIGIS in the different exhibition areas during the Esri User Conference:

June 25 and 26 at the Esri Education GIS Conference table #E202
June 27 at the Esri Academic GIS Program Fair table #A105
June 28, 29 and 30 at the Esri User Conference booth #2401

We look forward to an exciting event together with you!

More information about the different UNIGIS programmes: www.unigis.net.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

UNIGIS accredited by AQ Austria

Through systematic evaluation, feedback and international cooperation, UNIGIS Salzburg has always strived for top national and international quality standards in terms of content, structure and organisation of the two distance learning study programmes UNIGIS professional and UNIGIS MSc.

National regulations in Austria, however, do not provide a legal framework for external evaluation of study programmes at federal universities by the official national accreditation agency AQ Austria. Therefore guidelines for a voluntary accreditation first had to be established.

Today we can proudly state that UNIGIS is the first continuing education programme ('Universitätslehrgang') at a national university in Austria reviewed and successfully accredited by AQ Austria. After a thorough pilot assessment process UNIGIS Salzburg not only was awarded full and unconditional accreditation, but also received excellent feedback from the review committee. In parallel with the accreditation, the 1-year programme UNIGIS professional was certified to meet level 6 of the European Qualification Framework (EQF 6) and UNIGIS MSc fulfills the EQF 7 standard of European Master programmes in Higher Education.

The official award ceremony will take place on  Thursday, July 7th during this year's AGIT / GI_Forum conference.