USP-Emalus Workshop to Progress GIT in Vanuatu

Front row L to R: Mr Ian Huri, UNITAR-UNOSAT In-country Coordinator, Dr Krishna Kotra, Science Programme Coordinator, Mr Ruben Markward, Campus Director with participants of the workshop

The knowledge and skills gained from a workshop by the staff and students of The University of the South Pacific (USP) Emalus Campus will be used to progress Geospatial Information Technology in Vanuatu.

The workshop was organised by the Faculty of Science Technology and Environment (FSTE). It brought together 22 participants who focused on capacity building in GIT for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) on 7 December 2020.
The training was facilitated by United Nations Institute of Training and Research (UNITAR) and its Operational Satellite Application Programme (UNOSAT) in partnership with the University’s Emalus campus.
Science Programme Coordinator, Dr Krishna Kotra, when emphasising the importance of the training in building capacity in GIS in Vanuatu said, “This is an important collaboration as it adds value in maintaining strong partnership as part of collaborative approach with USP.”
He added that the main campuses for USP including Emalus Campus have been actively engaged in many collaborative research where students have been exposed to field based training and collaborative research projects.
Dr Kotra said that participants will be introduced to GIT, Remote Sensing (RS), Field Data Collection and Geospatial Information Visualization and Communication.
UNITAR-UNOSAT’s in-country expert, Ian Huri said UNITAR-UNOSAT’s was pleased to be part of a workshop where participants will not only gain valuable knowledge but will be part of the effort to boosts investments in capacity building, technology transfer and how this can be utilized to progress GIT in Vanuatu.
The workshop is the third of its kind to be hosted through the partnership between UNITAR-UNOSAT and USP.
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