PoN to launch Master's in Spatial Science next year

28 Oct 2013 15:40pm
WINDHOEK, 28 OCT (NAMPA) - The Polytechnic of Namibia (PoN) will launch a Master’s degree programme in Spatial Science next year.
PoN Rector Tjama Tjivikua made this announcement during the official opening of a refresher course by the University of Twente’s Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC), in collaboration with the PoN.
The University of Twente is located in Enschede, Netherlands.
Tjivikua thanked them for choosing the PoN as the host for another two weeks’ annual international course in the capital.
“This indeed is an indicator of the value that you attach to our partnership that goes back to 1996 when the first Dutch-funded project called ‘Institutional and Human Resources’ Development in Land Management’ started,” he beamed.
That project led to the introduction of academic programmes in Land Management at the PoN.
“Today, I can proudly report to you that what started as a targeted effort to develop the capacity of the Ministry of Lands and Resettlement has matured into full academic and professional programmes.
We educate and develop professionals in all fields of land management, ranging from land-use planning and land surveying to land administration,” said Tjivikua.
About 18 participants who are former students of the University of Twente from countries such as Zimbabwe, Zambia, South Africa, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique and Namibia are attending the course.
This year's course takes place under the theme “The use of social media, crowd sourcing and web-mapping to enable a spatial web presence for the private sector in southern Africa”.
This is the 13th refresher course to be hosted, and is aimed at bringing participants close to recent developments.
The topics of the course change every year, depending on recent developments and what is deemed important for discussion.
Tjivikua said ITC is their technical partner in the stream project, and hoped that this collaboration continues to grow from strength to strength.
He also expressed optimism that they will collaborate in the implementation of their new Master’s in Spatial Science in terms of co-supervision and the sponsoring of students’ research.
Many private and public sector organisations use spatial or geographic data in their business processes.
Those sectors often have a need to share that data and products, or its visualisation in the form of maps with their clients and business partners.