Monday, October 29, 2012

UNIGIS Academic Excellence Award 2012

During the UNIGIS International annual network meeting, held this year in Salzburg, Austria, the 2012 winner and runners up in the UNIGIS Academic Excellence prize, awarded to the networks top Master's theses, were announced:

First Place, and Winner of the Academic Excellence Award - Samuel KRUEGER (UNIGIS - University of Southern California), for a thesis entitled: Delimiting the postmodern urban center: an analysis of urban amenity clusters in Los Angeles. See USC news release!

Second Place - J P GLUTTING (UNIGIS - Amsterdam), for a thesis entitled: Excess heat-related mortality in micro-urban heat islands: a case-only study in Barcelona.

Third Place - Agnieszka WYPYCH (UNIGIS - Krakow), for a thesis entitled: Spatial modelling of climatic water balance using GIS methods.

The award jury, comprising members from UNIGIS Krakow and Lisbon, and chaired by Richard Armitage from UNIGIS UK, acknowledged the high standards achieved by all the Master’s theses entered for this year’s award from across the UNIGIS International network.  The final decision on the award winner and runners up was based on assessing all entries against criteria comprising: literature review, technical and methodological quality, relevance, presentation and originality.  The final decision between the top three was extremely tight. Congratulations to all the winners!!!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

UNIGIS International network conference in Salzburg

From Oct 24-28, more than 30 representatives from UNIGIS partner universities and study centres worldwide met in Salzburg, Austria for their annual coordination conference. Three full days were dedicated, respectively, to advancing best practice in Geoinformatics distance learning, enhancing cooperation with the geospatial software industry, and to the management and future direction of the UNIGIS network.

With hundreds of graduates each year, and thousands of highly qualified alumni, UNIGIS is making a substantial contribution to the success of a ‘geospatial view’ across many disciplines and industries. The model of a ‘Virtual University of GIScience’, integrating the teaching capacity and competence from a worldwide selection of departments has evolved over more than 20 years from an ambitious initiative into a widely recognized and highly regarded set of international qualifications.

This year a new board of directors for UNIGIS International was elected. Chaired by Josef Strobl from the University of Salzburg, UNIGIS for the next three years will be led by Jasper Dekkers (VU Amsterdam), Gemma Boix (U de Girona), Graham Smith (Manchester MU) and Jacek Kozak (JU Krakow).

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

UNIGIS@ University ICESI, Colombia

In order to deepen the recently established cooperation between UNIGIS in Latin America and the University ICESI, Colombia (, both organizations jointly organized a well-attended GI-symposium at the ICESI campus in Cali. Nearly 200 attendees discussed challenges and opportunities for GIS-practitioners in Colombia with a specific focus on GI-education. On behalf of the UNIGIS team in Latin America we would like to express our sincere thanks to all participants and to the staff of our partner university in Colombia for their participation and collaboration!

Monday, October 15, 2012

The 15th edition of UNIGIS Girona Profesional Master starts!

This 15th UNIGIS Girona edition has more than 40 new students who become part of the worldwide UNIGIS community. Year after year, the number of registration notes the success of our Programme, adapted to the emerging needs and demands more professional environment GIS. 

We train professionals capable of managing, implementing and developing Geographic Information Systems to address and resolve the needs and demands of the professional world. 
UNIGIS Girona team will work hard in order to guarantee the success and recognition of UNIGIS training offer.