The Partners for Development Program of Global Affairs Canada (GAC) funds selected Canadian universities working on international development projects. Vancouver Island University (VIU) and its partners, the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv (NUK), and the National Technical University of Ukraine "Kyiv Polytechnic Institute" (KPI) proposed developing and delivering an educational program to the Ukrainian civil service to support that country's development of a National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI). The proposal was successful in gaining funding and in November of 2012, the project Laying the Foundation for a Spatial Data Infrastructure: Building Capacity within the Ukrainian Government to Support Sustainable Economic Growth began.
Six critically important SDI courses have been adapted to the Ukrainian context, translated into Ukrainian and delivered both to Ukrainian trainers in Canada (using a train-the-trainer model), and later in Ukraine, to Ukrainian civil servants who are responsible for the implementation of the NSDI. The project completed in March, 2018.
Global Affairs Canada (GAC)
125 Sussex Drive
Vancouver Island University
900 5th St.
Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv
Ave. Acad. Glushkov, 2
Kyiv - 608, Ukraine
National Technical University of Ukraine
"Kyiv Polytechnic Institute"
37, Peremogy Avenue