VIU instructors visited Ukraine in January 2016 to assist with new cohort orientations and to consult with the project’s Ukrainian partners. VIU instructors will travel to Ukraine again in September 2016 and January 2017.
VIU and Ukrainian instructors to date have trained nine classes, comprised of 138 civil servants (more than the 100 planned for the duration of the project). Trainees have come from 41 government organizations involved in building a national SDI.
The third and fourth courses, Spatial Cadastral Information Systems for SDI, and Project Management for SDI, are completed, and the fifth and sixth courses -- Spatial Modeling and Applications for SDI and Web GIS and Geoportals for SDI are in development.
The project steering committee, which met again in June 2016, continues to provide guidance and oversight to the project.
VIU instructors visited Ukraine in January and September 2015 to assist with new cohort orientations and to consult with the project’s Ukrainian partners. Student orientations included new gender equity training workshops, facilitated by the project's new Gender Analyst, Dr. Julia Strebkova.
Course development and translation continued with the completion and delivery of the third course, Spatial Cadastral Information Systems for SDI.
The project steering committee met in May 2015.
Four instructors from the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv and two instructors from the National Technical University of Ukraine "Kyiv Polytechnic Institute" completed the instructor development workshop May 3-30, 2014 at Vancouver Island University. The program was facilitated by faculty members in VIU’s Department of Geography, with participation from other departments.
VIU instructors developed the first two courses of the program, Introduction to GIS for SDI and Database Management Systems for SDI. Gender equality – a cross-cutting theme for the project – is emphasized throughout the program by embedding gender issues in the lectures and assignments in each of the courses.
The course materials were translated and delivered to three cohorts of students (65 trainees in total). VIU instructors Dave Cake and Michael Govorov travelled to Ukraine to participate in student and instructor orientation for each of the SDI course deliveries, and to provide advice and guidance to project personnel, as well as to meet with partners and Government of Canada staff in Ukraine. VIU faculty provided mentorship throughout delivery.
Project equipment and software were installed at the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv. Materials for the first two courses were published in a Moodle learning portal hosted by the National Technical University of Ukraine "Kyiv Polytechnic Institute”. The project’s governance structure was also consolidated, and the first project steering committee meeting was successfully conducted on April 24, 2014.
Administrative staff from Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv and the National Technical University of Ukraine "Kyiv Polytechnic Institute" visited Canada between October 21-26 2013.
The first two courses, Introduction to GIS for SDI and Database Management Systems for SDI are actively in development by VIU staff.
The Ukrainian project management team is working on student recruitment.
The National Technical University of Ukraine "Kyiv Polytechnic Institute” (KPI) and VIU are working on a fromal project agreement.
Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv (NUK) signed a project agreement with VIU.
MoU between National Technical University of Ukraine "Kyiv Polytechnic Institute"(KPI) and VIU was signed in August.
Four instructors from NUK and two instructors from KPI were identified and interviewed.
Director of SSPE “Kartographia”, State Agency of Land Resources of Ukraine under the Ministry of Agriculture and Land (our main recipient) signed letter of support for participation in the project. Administration of State Agency of Land Resources of Ukraine and Department of Topographic Surveying and Mapping were updated on the project.
Laying the Foundation for a Spatial Data Infrastructure: Building Capacity within the Ukrainian Government to Support Sustainable Economic Growth project was formally announced during a press conference at Vancouver Island University.
Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv (NUK) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with VIU.