Under the supervision of Prof. Strobl and Z_GIS’ “Higher Education Projects Team” various activities are devoted to capacity building in Geoinformatics education and research in Central Asia. The Tempus “GEM project”, coordinated by Z_GIS, had succeeded in establishing Geoinformatics MSc study programs at partner universities across Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, as well as interdisciplinary Geoinformatics courses at additional partners. In August, the final project meeting was held in Bishkek, the project has ended on October 14, 2013.
As one successor project, the GE-UZ Tempus project is considered a key initiative towards implementation of Geoinformatics study programs at Uzbek universities, addressing the increasing demand for geospatial experts across a variety of disciplines in this country. Z_GIS has accepted the leadership of the “Development of learning environment” and the “Educational network development” work packages. The project will also use the expertise of Z_GIS in the strategic aspects, in particular for capacity building. Currently a four-week workshop on GeoDBMS at the University of West Hungary in Szekesfehervar is training teachers from four Uzbek universities, 17 teachers will be trained on “Spatial Analysis” in November in Salzburg.
Z_GIS currently is coordinating the Erasmus Mundus Action 2 project "gSmart - Spatial ICT Infrastructures for Smart Places" together with other EU partners. “gSmart” has started its mobility program already in this winter semester 2013, this initiative will focus on facilitating academic mobility in the field of Geoinformatics between European partners and universities in all five Central Asian countries. Further information is available on http://EM-gSmart.zgis.net/ . The kick-off Meeting will be held in Almaty, KZ from November 1-2, 2013. There we are hoping to welcome delegates from 19 partner institutions.