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Course date
January 11–February 8, 2021
Application deadline
ECTS Credits
2.0
Disciplines
Geographic information systems (GIS)
Geospatial technologies
Data visualization
Mapping
SUN Packages
Fee-Paying
Tuition Waiver

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) became essential tools not only in academic research but also in our daily life. GIS includes (but not limited to) mechanisms of geographic data collection, storage, visualization and analysis. The range of available technologies and application areas is wide and the choice of solution depends on issues concerned and level of computer literacy.

The present course introduces geospatial data visualization (mapping) using qGIS, the most popular open-source free GIS package. Participants will develop basic understanding of spatially referenced data and familiarize themselves with GIS mapping principles. The online sessions followed by individual work will equip participants with both theoretical understanding and practical skills in visualizing societal and environmental phenomena.

Many geospatial datasets in various formats (e.g. vector / raster) are freely available online, yet they are greatly underutilized by researchers. Participants will learn what kind of data can be stored in these datasets, how to obtain, develop and share such datasets.

The course is focused on practical skills in geospatial data visualization (mapping) and consists of 

  • Theoretical sessions on principles of geospatial data visualization, cartography and GIS basics;
  • Practicals on learning GIS methods and getting mapping skills in qGIS;
  • Independent work on individual course projects. 

By the end of the course participants should be able to

  • understand the principles of geospatial data mapping;
  • acquire geospatial and other related datasets useful for mapping;
  • develop own datasets based on different data sources;
  • create simple maps using qGIS.

The course is organized as a series of online presentations (both synchronous and asynchronous) followed by practicals (detailed video instructions), consultations with instructors and individual work on maps development.

Passing the course is based upon completion of the following:

  • practical sessions: series of maps should be developed and submitted;
  • individual project: a map of interest to be developed and presented.

Participants who has passed the course will receive a CEU SUN certificate on successful course completion and, if requested, ECTS points, which may be accepted for credit transfer by the participants' home universities.

The Mapping the World with QGIS workshop continues the series of joint UN-CEU training events under the ISEPEI Project “Bridging ICTs and the Environment”. The ISEPEI Project aims to address the gap between geospatial industry and policy-/decision-makers by providing in-service education and professional training.

Target group

The workshop is targeted at beginners with no/ little prior knowledge of GIS.

Language requirement

The language of instruction is English, thus all applicants have to demonstrate a strong command of spoken and written English to be able to participate actively in discussions at seminars and workshops. Some of the shortlisted applicants may be contacted for a telephone interview.

Please read the following directions carefully. Below is the list of the documents you need to prepare or arrange for submission:

  1. Completed online SUN Application Form (see notes below)
  2. Full curriculum vitae or resume, including a list of publications, if any
    Please upload your Curriculum Vitae or resume, including a list of publications, if any.
  3. Statement of Purpose (max. 1 page)
    In the Statement of Purpose please describe your relevant professional/academic experience and GIS-related qualifications, and in what areas / domains (biodiversity, economics, public policy, etc) you plan to use qGIS.
  4. Proof of English proficiency
    As proof of your English language proficiency, please upload a copy of any of the following:
    1. graduate or post-graduate degree earned in a program whose official language is English; recent
    2. English language proficiency certificate (e.g. TOEFL).

Optional attachments

You can upload further optional documents on the Qualifications page such as academic documents that you think may be relevant to support your application in the ‘Other Supporting Documents’ section. All documents should be merged into a single PDF file not
exceeding the size 2 MB. No passwords and encryption are allowed.

Online Application Form

We strongly advise the use of Google Chrome in order to enable the full functionality of the form.

Notes

  • You may apply to a maximum of two summer courses. In case of being admitted, you can only attend both if the two courses do not overlap in time. Financial aid, if available, is only granted to attend one course.
  • If you applied to CEU’s master, doctoral, etc. programs, please use your existing login and password to start a new application. If you do not remember your password from last year click on Forgotten Password. With technical problems, bugs or errors related to the online application forms please contact the CEU IT Help Desk.
  • All application materials must be submitted with the online application form(s). Materials sent by postal mail, electronic mail or fax are not considered.
  • The maximum allowable file size for upload is 2MB per file and the acceptable file formats are PDF, JPG and JPEG. Ensure all security features (e.g. passwords and encryption) are removed from the documents before uploading them.
  • Applications cannot be edited after submission. Please submit your application only when it is 100% final and complete.
  • Further user's instructions for the online application are included in the form itself.

Should you have questions regarding the application form, check the relevant Frequently Asked Questions.

Applications submitted after the deadline will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Inquiries

If you need help or more information during the application process, please feel free to contact the SUN
staff via email at summeru@ceu.edu.

Notification

The SUN Office will notify applicants about the selection results by the 1st of December, 2020. Please check
the 'Important course dates' section on the relevant course web sites for earlier or later planned notification
deadlines. The final decision is not open to appeal.

Completed CEU Summer University Application Form

We strongly advise the use of Google Chrome to enable the full functionality of the form.

Notes:

  • You may apply to a maximum of two summer courses. In case of being admitted, you can only attend both if the two courses do not overlap in time. Financial aid, if available, is only granted to attend one course.
  • If you applied to CEU before, please use your existing login and password to start a new application. If you do not remember your password from last year click on Forgotten Password. With technical problems, bugs, or errors related to the online application forms please contact the CEU IT Help Desk.
  • Right after login, please select ”Summer University” radiobutton from the "Type of course" list, and leave all other fields empty.
  • All application materials must be submitted with the online application form(s). Materials sent by postal mail, electronic mail, or fax are not considered.
  • The maximum allowable file size for upload is 2MB per file and the acceptable file formats are PDF, JPG, and JPEG. Ensure all security features (e.g. passwords and encryption) are removed from the documents before uploading them.
  • Applications cannot be edited after submission. Please submit your application only when it is 100% final and complete.
  • Further user instructions for the online application are included in the form itself. Should you have questions regarding the application form, check the relevant Frequently Asked Questions.
  • Applications submitted after the deadline will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Inquiries

If you need help or more information during the application process, please feel free to contact the SUN staff via email.

Notification

The SUN Office will notify applicants about the selection results in April. Please check the 'Dates and deadlines' section on the relevant course websites for notification deadlines planned earlier or later. The final decision is not open to appeal.