Thursday, March 31, 2016

EPU Delegation at ACA*GIScience

The president of the Eurasia-Pacific Uninet Prof. Dr. Wolf-Dieter Rausch and Prof. Dr. Alfred Pitterle (BOKU, Vienna) have visited the N.Isanov Kyrgyz State University of Construction, Transport and Architecture (KSUCTA) on March 30, 2016. The rector of KSUCTA Prof. Dr. Akymbek Abdykalykov expressed his appreciation for the valuable support of EPU facilitating academic mobility of university students and teachers as well as a long term successful cooperation with Austrian universities. Prof. Dr. Wolf-Dieter Rausch highlighted the successful activity of the Austria-Central Asia Centre for GIScience (ACA*GIScience) established at KSUCTA jointly with the Interfaculty Department of GIS (Z_GIS), University of Salzburg in May 2008 with financial support from Eurasia-Pacific Uninet

Ongoing activities and future project plans were discussed in the meeting at ACA*GIScience. An extensive overview of the academic and research activities of the Centre was presentated by its co-director Dr. Akylbek Chymyrov. The results of international projects realized within TEMPUS, Erasmus Mundus, Volkswagen Foundation, CRDF and other programs and the upcoming 10th GIS in Central Asia Conference - GISCA 2016 demonstrate the increasing potential of ACA*GIScience in close cooperation with European and Central Asian partner universities. Prof. Dr. Wolf-Dieter Rausch has expressed his ideas on the future support from EPU in order to strenghten international cooperation in Geoinformation sciences. 

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Dr. Sabine Hennig now teaching at KSUCTA

The National Erasmus+ Office coordinator Ms. Gulnara Chokusheva has highlighted the importance of Post-Doc mobility of European scientists to the Kyrgyz universities during her meeting with Dr. Sabine Hennig, an EM gSmart project fellow at KSUCTA. Ms. Chokusheva has visited KSUCTA on April 16, 2016 and participated in the kick-off meeting of new Erasmus+ project "KyrMedu". 

Lectures and lab classes during the current semester taught by Dr. Hennig for undergraduate and postgraduate students as well as her scientific advice and assistance to young scientists are in high demand. She is offering WebGIS and other advanced GIS courses to students and teachers. Dr. Hennig is encouraging students and trainees to explore new GIS and Remote Sensing methods. New research proposals are currently under discussion in order to develop new project proposals jointly with Z_GIS and other partner universities within the EM gSmart project.