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InterGIS curriculum project kick-off

A UNIGIS-based group of European GIS-Labs from University of Salzburg (Austria), University of Girona (Spain) and the Free University of Amsterdam (Netherlands) are partnering with Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi; Goa University, Goa (both from India) and University of Jaffna (Sri Lanka) in a two-year project “International Cooperation for GIScience Education (InterGIS)” aiming at establishing improved GIS education. The InterGIS project is co-sponsored by the European Commission under the “Asia-Link” programme and provides resources for curriculum design and human resources development at partner institutions and beyond.
A Kick-off meeting held in Jaffna and at the University of Colombo, May 8-11 set the stage for an ambitious development schedule for a standardized curriculum framework applicable on different levels and for various modes of delivery. The next get-together will occur during a major InterGIS-sponsored staff development workshop at JNU in early fall of 2003, where GIS instructors from higher education institutions will be offered a short intensive programme in the scholarship of GIS teaching and learning.
These processes are interlinked with the expansion of UNIGIS Online GIS Courses (www.unigis.net) into South Asia and UNIGIS India (www.unigis.net/india) will launch these courses in India early 2004. Information about InterGIS is available from www.gis-learning.net, with more details coming online as the project progresses. All project partners are looking forward to interacting with other institutions and individuals from academia and industry as it is anticipated that the InterGIS curriculum will have substantial long-term impact on GIS learning across many disciplines.