Notes from Spain – July 15th part II

17 07 2010

On Thursday, July 15, Lori and I traveled to Vitoria-Gasteiz, a city in the Basque Region of Northern Spain. We were invited to tour the campus and facilities of the Álava Campus of Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea (Basque), Universidad del Pais Vasco (Spanish), Basque Country University (English). Our hosts were Rosa M. Rio Belver, Vice-Dean for International Relations and Miguel Calvo Melero, Vice-Dean and Director of the Laboratory of Experimental Cartography and GIS.

 The campus is quite impressive and is home to over 50,000 students and faculty. We toured the extensive library and archival collections and the School of Engineering. Students can study specific programs in Cartography and Geographical Information Systems. This department is currently updating their computer labs with new state-of-the-art 3D portal computer systems designed for GIS, visualization, and cartographic applications.

 The cartographic and computer training at the University is in-depth and extensive. Graduates will work, not only in this region of Spain, but will interact with agency across Europe. One of the objectives of these types of programs is to integrate multiple local systems to produce better communications, accuracy, and interactions across the European Union.





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