Harmonizing GIS Education: South - North Perspectives: Lessons learnt from Mozambique, Rwanda, Sweden, and Uganda

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The aim of this paper is to critically examine, discuss, draw conclusions, and come up with ideas how to harmonize GIS education in order to realize the envisaged clientele benefits globally. The paper draws experiences and lessons learnt, with examples from ongoing joint GIS MSc programs/courses being implemented in Mozambique, Rwanda, and Uganda. All the five courses (3 in Uganda, 1 in Mozambique, and 1 in Rwanda) are currently financially supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) capacity development and institutional development grants. The GIS programmes and course units in the southern institutions have a high demand from clients, especially at graduate level. However, their implementation and uptake is impeded by challenges like credit systems, pedagogic approach, field work, student interaction, and software, which are discussed. It is concluded that there is still a long way to go before harmonization, allowing GIS students to freely move between different countries during their education, is possible. Low/no cost exchange of teachers and “best practice” are identified as important initial steps to reach harmonization, focusing on younger teachers, as well as exchange of material and use of open source GIS software.


  • Petter Pilesjö
  • Ali Mansourian
  • Andrey Shindyapin
  • Antonio Alfredo Assane
  • Ernesto Lenathe Muheca
  • Gaspard Rwanyiziri
  • John Mugisha
  • Yazidhi Bamutaze
  • Bob Nakileza
  • Gilbert Maiga
  • Lydia Mazzi Kayondo
External organisations
  • Makerere University
  • Eduardo Mondlane University
  • University of Rwanda
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Other Computer and Information Science


  • GIS education, Harmonization, Mozambique, Rwanda, Sweden, Uganda
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGeospatial Technologies for All
Subtitle of host publicationshort papers, posters and poster abstracts of the 21th AGILE Conference on Geographic Information Science. Lund University 12-15 June 2018, Lund, Sweden
EditorsAli Mansourian, Petter Pilesjö, Lars Harrie, Ron van Lammeren
PublisherAGILE, Association of Geographic Information Laboratories for Europe
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Jun
Publication categoryResearch
Event21st AGILE Conference on Geographic Information Science, 2018 - Lund, Sweden
Duration: 2018 Jun 122018 Jun 15


Conference21st AGILE Conference on Geographic Information Science, 2018