Friday, February 22, 2013

UNIGIS Kraków 2013 – 10th intake

The already 10th intake of UNIGIS students in Kraków has started its distance learning program in GIS&T. These students joined more than 200 UNIGIS distance learners at the Jagiellonian University, who during these ten years decided to broaden their GIS&T professional qualifications and skills. The 2013 group is rather young with the majority of students born in the 80ties, male-dominated (80%) and with a prevailing engineering education background (forestry, geodesy and cartography, spatial management).

To establish good relations within the learning group and with instructors and organizers of studies, the new students attended a two-day kick-off workshop. They had a lot of possibilities for getting to know each other, to present themselves, to discuss and to enjoy common meals. They also got to know some of the UNIGIS Kraków graduates, who were awarded their diplomas during the workshop. We wish our new students to achieve their goals at the end of their two-year UNIGIS journey!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Distances shrink, networks matter: UNIGIS MSc 2013

"I need to know more about GIS." This was the common objective of 28 students meeting in Salzburg for the UNIGIS MSc starter workshop. However, GIS was not the central topic of the workshop. Prof. Strobl challenged such expectations right away in his welcoming talk: "we do not expect you to leave Salzburg knowing much more about GIS, we want you to get to know each other". On the way towards a community of practice of GIS students, coffee breaks during the workshop and delicious Austrian "Ripperl" with "Keller-Bier" facilitated this aim. Supervised by the UNIGIS_2013 mascot GISmo, the basis of a strong network was successfully built. A distance learning course has morphed to a networked, collective learning experience. We wish all new students interesting 2-3 years ahead and success in meeting their aims!

Saturday, February 9, 2013

New UNIGIS-Graduates at USFQ-Quito

On Saturday, February 2nd a group of twenty students from Ecuador, Colombia, Argentina, Nicaragua and Costa Rica graduated from their UNIGIS program in Quito, Ecuador. They attended the official graduation ceremony at the Campus of the University San Francisco de Quito, sharing this special moment with their families and the UNIGIS team in Quito. We wish them all the best for their future applying the acquired know-how in their professional GIS careers!