Based on UCAS striving to expand its partnership with academic institutions and private sector, the University College of Applied Sciences (UCAS) and Hebron University – Hebron agreed to organize the ‘GIS Day’ event. The ‘GIS Day’ was held on November 26th, 2018 in UCAS campus in Gaza through “GIS for Community” project.
This event mainly aimed at demonstrating the most important applications of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and introducing them to people in local community. Moreover, it encouraged and motivated researchers to contribute to the dissemination of research, experience and good practices in this field
“This event was a valuable opportunity for researchers, university students to exchange their know-how and innovative idea in the field of GIS. The private sector had a distinct presence in the projects exhibition. About 25 local institutions and company presented their GIS applications and experiences to the attendees and discussed their achievements and the obstacles they faced during applying these technologies.” Said Dr. Tamer A. Eshtawi, Vice Rector of Planning and External Relations – UCAS.
“Hebron University was proud to organize this meeting in partnership with the University College of Applied Sciences in Gaza on the occasion of the International Day for GIS, which is an important day because this area has become an important need in the modern era.” Prof. Salah ElZaro, Rector of Hebron University
Around 350 high school student have attended the event and had the opportunity to learn about GIS and its application. During the gallery, they practices some of the simple GIS applications and used some of the GPS equipment.
“Researchers for Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and United States shared their research results and conclusions through three scientific sessions,” said Dr. Maher ElHallaq, partner representative. The 25 submitted scientific papers discussed some cutting-edge topics in GIS applications, remote sensing and smart water management. A fourth session was held to present the projects of Hebron University students via video conference.