HEI-GIS Capacities in Geography Education at UDSM

Coordinator University of Turku
Contact details

Niina Käyhkö, University of Turku
niina.kayhko(at)utu.fi
Phillip Mwanukuzi, University of Dar Es Salaam
pmwanukuzi(at)udsm.ac.tz

Budget €512 925
Duration 04/2013 - 12/2015, 33 months
Academic field Geography, geology

Partners:

University of Turku, Department of Geography and Geology, Finland
University of Dar es Salaam, Department of Geography, Tanzania

Brief Description:

There are growing interests towards the status and development of higher education institutions’ GIS (Geographical Information Systems) capacities due to the societies’ urgent needs to manage spatial information sustainably. Last decades have shown how rapidly information societies have diversified and how our economies, decision-making and well-being have become dependent of fluent access to reliable and up-to-date spatial information. HEI-GIS project aims to develop higher education teaching, learning and infrastructural capacities in GIS at the Department of Geography of the University of Dar es Salaam,(UDSM-DoG).

UDSM and UTU Department of Geography have done research and student/teacher exchange collaboration since 2003. The expected outcomes of HEI-GIS are refined curricula, stronger pedagogical capacity and a functioning GIS teaching laboratory to support teacher, student, on-job professional and researcher GIS capacities. At the end of the project two renewed curricula (MA&PhD with course work) with GIS contents exist and are offered to the students of UDSM. Existing GIS experts have up-dated theoretical and practical skills and there are six new young GIS experts at the department, all of who are able to provide good quality teaching to their students and on- job professionals. The offered GIS education is significantly stronger compared to the starting situation.

Result Area(s):

  • Improved quality and relevance of higher education

Key Results to be Achieved:

  • Curricula refinement; The two renewed curricula (MA and PhD with course work) contain practical and theoretical teaching of GIS in their nationally important application fields such as environmental management, natural resource assessment and planning. UDSM graduates are competitive in their GIS skills in the labour market and possess expertise needed in the Eastern African societies.
  • Pedagogical capacity building; Existing GIS experts have up-dated theoretical and practical skills and knowledge in GIS and there exists six new young GIS experts at UDSM-DoG, all of who are able to provide good quality teaching to their students and on-job professionals. The offered GIS education is significantly stronger in theoretical and practical elements compared to the starting situation.
  • Infrastructural capacity building; There is a functioning GIS teaching laboratory (incl. maintenance staff) which supports teacher, student, on-job professional and researcher GIS capacities. There are updated and new GIS course materials and literature, GIS fieldwork materials and equipment kits and manuals to enable diverse and interactive teaching and learning approaches.

Website: www.utu.fi/en/sites/tanzania/Pages/home.aspx

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