KNUST is to embrace geospatial learning with the adoption of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology. This came to light when a team from Esri UK and Sambus Geospatial Ghana called on the Vice-Chancellor and some Principal Officers of the University.
Dr. Michael Gould, the Global Education Manager of Esri UK stated that his company is concerned with the creation of institutional support for Africa because all over the world people have become aware of the need to think spatially and to integrate GIS technology into education and all aspects of life.
He noted that GIS is a tool essential to every person which needs to be taught across subjects to make learning easier. Dr. Gould stated that KNUST’s inculcation of GIS in teaching and demonstration would help the University in environmental change monitoring, demographic analysis, internet, intranet, mapping, student transport, logistics among others. He therefore advocated the use of GIS by KNUST to facilitate training of GIS coordinators who would in turn train students.
Professor William Otoo Ellis, the Vice-Chancellor stated, that KNUST as a leading University in Africa which produces over eight thousand(8000) students annually, the access to GIS would go a long way to enhance the capacity of graduates in their various fields in the competitive corporate world.
Prof. Ellis noted that KNUST has about 80% of its campus covered with wireless internet and operates a fibre optic network which would make it easier to utilize the GIS technology. He therefore called for more dialogue to finalise the adoption of GIS technology by KNUST.
Prof. Innocent Ampadu and Robert C. Abaidoo, Provosts of the Colleges of Engineering and Agriculture and Natural Resources respectively also agreed that GIS was needed to solve some of the world’s problems and to facilitate training of students. They stated that some Departments under their Colleges and the College of Architecture and Planning were already using GIS for teaching and hoped it would be extended to all Colleges and Departments of the University.
A Geographic Information System (GIS) integrates hardware, software and data for capturing, managing, analysing and displaying all forms of geographically referenced information. It assists in the solving of problems by looking at data in a way that is quickly understood and shared. GIS technology can be integrated into any enterprise information system framework.
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