Varsity Hosts 3rd ESRI Eastern African Education GIS Conference

From L-R; Prof Wafula interacts with Mr. Simons and Prof. Ngumi

From L-R: Prof Wafula interacts with Mr. Simons and Prof. Ngumi

A two-day conference designed to boost participant’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) professional experience and application in diverse disciplines with the aim of creating new learning opportunities, and developments in GIS technology ends Friday September 11, 2015 at the JKUAT.

The conference which attracted over 400 students and faculty from colleges and universities in Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia and South Sudan was organized jointly by the University and the ESRI Eastern Africa Education GIS.

In keeping with this year’s theme: GIS: Creating the Future, the conference aimed to enhance participants’ capacity to gather, interpret and utilize geo-information in the wake of the central role GIS was gaining in its application in diverse industries globally.

Speaking during the opening of the conference, Esri Eastern Africa Managing Director, Willy Simons, said GIS provided a locational context that allowed a profound perceptive of many challenges by bringing to light relationships and dependencies so that practical action could be taken.

“To deliver working GIS solutions that solve real world problems, there is need for people to share knowledge and experiences that will create a prosperous and better society impacted by the use of geospatial technologies,” said Simons.

Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mabel Imbuga in a speech read by Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration) Prof. Victoria Ngumi, thanked Esri East Africa for the full sponsorship of the conference and reported that JKUAT had mainstreamed GIS in education across all its academic disciplines in accordance with the conference theme.

“As a University, we are glad to report that our entire JKUAT community has embraced this initiative, especially the ICT Centre of Excellence and Open Data (iCEOD), the Department of Geomatic Engineering and Geospatial Information Systems (GEGIS) and the School of Computing and Information Technology,” said Prof. Imbuga.

A section of participants keenly following proceedings

A section of participants keenly following proceedings

The Vice Chancellor also stated that JKUAT was currently the regional Centre of Excellence (CoE) in ICT for the Northern Corridor Integration Project (NCIP) and invited Esri East Africa to partner in finding and providing GIS solutions needed skills for the success of NCIP in the region.

Others who addressed the gathering were the Director, ICT Centre of Excellence and Open Data Prof. Muliaro Wafula, and Prof Simon Onywere of Kenyatta University

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