Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology has brought together researchers from Germany, Uganda, and Kenya on a two-day workshop to discuss the expansion of Theoretical and Applied Roles of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in a dynamic Global Environment

Speaking during the Conference on Thursday 13th August 2015, the Minister for Education Kakamega County Hon. Ebbie Kavai, who officially opened the conference on behalf of the Governor H.E. Wycliffe Oparanya thanked the University and other sponsors of the event for allowing Kakamega to host the event.

The Minister for Education said that the papers presented in the conference on GIS are in line with the County’s priorities as it focuses towards achieving a conducive environment and improving service delivery to the people of Kakamega.

She expressed the commitment of the County Government to support research and commended MMUST for continuing to play a key role in integrating Science and Technology in the community. 

“The County Government of Kakamega will need Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to plan for its natural resources,” she added.

The Deputy Vice Chancellor Planning, Research and Innovations (PRI) Prof. Egara Kabaji challenged the County Government of Kakamega to invest in research and involve scholars in developing policies that will help solve the societal problems and improve quality of life. 

He said the University is proud of the Centre for Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance (CDMHA) for producing the highest number of graduands in post-graduate programmes. “This is a multi-disciplinary Centre bringing together people from different backgrounds,” he added.

Prof. Kabaji urged the Organizers of the event to make the research findings of the Conference visible by providing practical solutions to the lives of people. “Private companies must be encouraged to invest in research and this can only be done by proving to them that our research have practical implications,” he noted.

The Deputy Vice Chancellor Academics and Students Affairs (ASA) Prof. Josephine Ngaira proposed that CDMHA develops a course in GIS that would be integrated into the University curriculum as a common course. “GIS is the tool of research for the future,” she noted. 

Prof. Ngaira said that GIS should help to reduce natural calamities, manage resources at the local level and provide solutions for human-wildlife conflict that has continued to raise concerns in the country.

Among the International Advisory Committee members who attended the conference were, Prof. G. Eliu from the School of Forestry, Makerere University, Prof. Schaab DAAD UnivGisKoop project leader, Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences in Germany, Prof. J. W. Wakhungu of MMUST and Prof. S. Otengi from MMUST.

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