Mauritian university joins GIS training programme

February 14th, 2018, Published in Articles: EE Publishers, Articles: PositionIT, Featured: PositionIT

Esri South Africa and the University of Mauritius have signed a partnership agreement, allowing the entire university access to Esri’s ArcGIS technology.

At an event held on 12 January 2018, Vice chancellor Prof. Dhanjay Jhurry joined Patrick McKivergan, managing director of Esri South Africa, in concluding the agreement. The University of Mauritius (UoM) is one of a 100 African universities that has been selected to participate in the Esri 100 African Universities Programme.

Prof. Dhanjay Jhurry and Patrick McKivergan.

Prof. Dhanjay Jhurry and Patrick McKivergan.

In his keynote address Prof. Jhurry said, “GIS together with remote sensing have been addressed at the University of Mauritius since 1990. However, we still have a long way to go, as we move from addressing GIS in isolation, to promoting GIS at an enterprise level.”

ArcGIS technology is now accessible in multiple departments and computer labs where all students, lecturers and researchers can access the software. As part of the programme, the university will be provided with online resources including books, courses, and related course material.

Local support is available from GeoVision, the company’s partner in Mauritius, headed up by Adish Maudho. In addition, Esri South Africa and GeoVision are providing the University of Mauritius with hands-on training courses for the students on ArcGIS technology.

“As earth observation and spatial data analysis are becoming increasingly important in decision making tools, UoM is indeed privileged to partner with Esri South Africa under the Esri 100 African Universities programme to consolidate capacity building in the field of geographic information systems and earth pbservation at national and hopefully regional level,” said Prof. Jhurry.

The company said it is committed to using its resources to continue evolving GIS technology and making a difference through education, and look forward to a long-term relationship with the University of Mauritius.

Contact Lauren Sweidan, Esri South Africa, Tel 011 238-6300, lsweidan@esri-southafrica.com