International Cooperation for GIScience Education



- extending and strengthening educational and economic interaction between EU and South Asia (India & Sri Lanka) in the field of Geographic Information Science (GIS) by jointly developing and implementing a Standardized Curriculum for various postgraduate courses and training selected members of the target groups in order to ensure its understanding, adaptation and sustainability.
- the major target groups are the postgraduate students at Certificate / Diploma, Masters, M.Phil and Ph.D. levels as well as the related teachers at the partner institutions in EU and South Asia.
- the main activities are to review the existing curricula, develop and implement a generic GIS curriculum in a logical and practical sequence of the courses for various stages / levels, design basic course materials, train teachers and students through workshops and summer schools in EU and South Asia.

According to the project plan:
- the sequence of scooping/status documentation – implementation planning – prototyping – feedback – first implementation – trialling – evaluation and revision/editing will be followed. While some steps will rely on rapid development approaches (RAD), other steps will be based on open-space scooping and consensus building across the entire partnership. Initially, there will be a need for moderated sessions with methods from organisational development frameworks, in order to generate a coherent and widely shared set of goals. Overall, the project team is experienced in employing interactive methods of brainstorming and structured organisation for curriculum development as well as tightly scheduled comment and feedback periods to integrate widest possible ranges of opinions and experiences by all partners.
- a key building block for internal evaluation and quality assurance is the designation of a (non-lead) set of partners to a dedicated evaluation team. They will manage a process of ongoing peer-review within and beyond the project team and implement a feedback mechanism including employers (from industry and public administration), a student evaluation framework as well as a performance-oriented set of benchmarks. The latter will be administered by questionnaires and tests to students throughout all stages of learning to measure success of learning processes. One clearly stated goal is to actually make this evaluation and benchmarking procedure a project outcome in its own right, in order to complement and guide implementation at new partner sites and curriculum adopters.

- jointly developing a standardized curriculum for systematic education in GIS for different levels in various postgraduate courses for the partner institutes in the European Union and South Asia.
- improving methodological, technical and pedagogical qualifications as well as enhancing their international orientation by facilitating the mobility of selected members, both faculty and students, of the partner institutes through workshops / training programmes and summer schools organized at the partner institutes in European Union and South Asia.
Tatsächlicher Beginn/ -es Ende1/05/0330/04/05

Systematik der Wissenschaftszweige 2002

  • 1904 Naturwissenschaften interdisziplinär
  • 1913 Fachdidaktik (Naturwissenschaften)
  • 1810 Geographische Informationssysteme (GIS)