Volume XLII-4/W8
Int. Arch. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., XLII-4/W8, 93–99, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/isprs-archives-XLII-4-W8-93-2018
© Author(s) 2018. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.
Int. Arch. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., XLII-4/W8, 93–99, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/isprs-archives-XLII-4-W8-93-2018
© Author(s) 2018. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

  11 Jul 2018

11 Jul 2018

BUILDING GEOSPATIAL COMPETENCES IN TANZANIAN UNIVERSITIES WITH OPEN SOURCE SOLUTIONS

N. Käyhkö1, C. William2, J. Mayunga3, M. O. Makame4, E. Mauya5, and A. Järvi6 N. Käyhkö et al.
  • 1University of Turku (UTU), Department of Geography and Geology, 20014 Turku, Finland
  • 2University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM), Department of Geography, Tanzania
  • 3Ardhi University (ARU), Center for Information and Communication Technology, Tanzania
  • 4State University of Zanzibar (SUZA) Department of Social Sciences, Tanzania
  • 5Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA), College of Forestry, Wildlife and Tourism, Department of Forest Operations Management and Techniques, Tanzania
  • 6University of Turku (UTU), Department of Future Technologies, 20014 Turku, Finland

Keywords: Geospatial, ICT, GIS, Geography, Institutional Cooperation, Higher Education Institutions, Tanzania

Abstract. The GEO-ICT is an institutional cooperation project aiming at improving the quality and societal relevance of geospatial and ICT research and education at the Universities of Dar es Salaam (UDSM), Ardhi University (ARU), State University of Zanzibar (SUZA) and Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA). Jointly with the University of Turku (UTU) Finland, the institutions focus on strengthening geospatial and ICT skills of the staff, establishing new curricula, upgrading supportive infrastructures and creating synergetic cooperation modalities with different stakeholders in the society. In this paper we share how our practical experiences of the cooperation, including what is the background for the establishment of institutional cooperation between these universities, how is the project operating in practice, what type of activities and cooperation modalities we do together and how do we think institutional cooperation contributes to the advancement of geospatial expertise in Tanzania and what is the role of open source solutions in this development.