[OSGeo-Discuss] Internationalization of Higher Education - Creative Initiatives, Critical Thinking, Educational Standard

Suchith Anand Suchith.Anand at nottingham.ac.uk
Wed Feb 24 22:36:35 PST 2016

Dear colleagues,

Geo4All is committed to work for open principles in education and protect open principles for our future generations. Open educational Principles are fundamental to empower people and communities to make sure future generations are fully empowered [1].

This session on "Internationalization of Higher Education - Creative Initiatives, Critical Thinking, Educational Standard" organised by the Siberian State University of Geosystems and Technologies, Delft University of Technology, Stuttgart University, Technical University of Munich, Moscow State University, Novosibirsk State University, International Cartographic Association and International Society for Digital Earth as part of the Interexpo GEO- Siberia-2016 workshop and conference, 20-22 April 2016, Novosibirsk, Russia might be of wider interest to colleagues. Details at http://sgugit.ru/en/geo-siberia/

The aim of this session is to discuss ideas on

‐ Use of educational resources of non-commercial organizations in educational process of universities
‐ Implementation of problem-based, scenario, project and contextual approaches in learning
‐ How can dialogue and cooperation create opportunity for students to learn and reach personal development goals
‐ Students as researchers: young people’s involvement in educational projects and research activities of the university
‐ Academic mobility, types of network interaction, joint educational projects, double / dual degree diplomas
‐ Forms of teacher-student interaction as a main condition for functional literacy and dialogue of cultures development
‐ Distance education: institutional impact and efficiency of Internet technologies

We thank the organisers of this session and  I also want to take this opportunity to request colleagues to please take your leadership and start initiatives in your universities/countries etc when you are involved in any conferences/events etc to give your own Geo4All award and certificate for the best student awards following open principles , similar to what we gave for Geo for All educator awards [ see at http://fossgeo.org/2015-award/ ] That way, open principles in education will always have a voice everywhere. Thanks for your support and understanding.

Open Principles means the work uses free and open software, adheres to open standards, uses open data and the project outputs (software etc are in open licences posters, papers, documentations etc are in creative commons licence etc).

We are also thankful to our colleagues at the Siberian State University of Geosystems and Technologies (SSUGT) Open Geospatial Lab which is the central OSGeo node in Russian Federation for their strong support for open principles in education.


There are lot of excellent developments in OpenGIS happening in Russia also building upon OpenGIS conference in Moscow, Russia few months back . Details at http://gisconf.ru   Dr. Daria Svidzinska presented Geo4All for the conference. Photos of the event are at https://www.flickr.com/photos/trolleway/sets/72157659104643414

We all need to work together in our collective aim and journey for implementing the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable development [2] to strengthen universal peace and join efforts to eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, including extreme poverty, as it is the greatest global challenge and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development. This Agenda is a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity.

Education and empowerment  are key  for getting rid of extreme poverty and help create digital economy opportunities also for  billions of our economically poor brothers and sisters across our planet . Access to quality education opportunities is everyone's birthright. Education and empowerment of students are also key  for developing creative and open minds in students which is critical for building open innovation and contributes to building up Open Knowledge for the benefit of the whole society and for our future generations.  So let us all work together to enable open principles in education to help create a world that is more accessible, equitable and full of innovation and opportunities for everyone.

Best wishes,

Suchith Anand

[1] http://opensourcegeospatial.icaci.org/2016/02/future-of-gis-should-be-empowerment-not-enslavement-examples-needed-for-geo4all-newsletter
[2] https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/post2015/transformingourworld

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