Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD), through the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS), Geography, Environment and Development Sciences (GED) programme, organised a World GIS Day celebration at UBD Mitsubishi Hall, Center Lecture Theater 1.17.
The World GIS Day is observed annually on the third week of November, as part of the broader week-long Geography Awareness week. This year, Geography Awareness Week falls on the week of November 13 to 19. Themed “Discovering the World through GIS”, this year’s official World GIS Day falls on November 16. Introduced by the ESRI, GIS Day has been formally running since 1999.
The purpose of the event, according to geography lecturer and the event organiser, Dr Shafi Noor Islam, is to promote awareness of GIS, which stands for Geographical Information Systems. GIS is a system and technology for capturing, storing, using, analysing and visualising spatial information, and is used in a wide-range of applications.
Present as the Guest of Honour was Dr Hjh Asiyah az-Zahra Hj Ahmad Kumpoh, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Special Guests Deputy Deans Dr. Kathrina Dato Paduka Haji Mohd Daud and AP Dr. Khondker Iftekhar Iqbal.
A representative from the global GIS Company ESRI delivered a talk on the applications and benefits of GIS. The event also showcased the work of UBD FASS’s student majoring GED, (Module AV-3301 Introduction to Remote Sensing and Module AV-4302 Wetland Ecology and Development) who have conducted project work studying environmental issues such as landscape changes, forest depletion, rainforest sustainability, river network, coastal land use, delta formation, forest fire detection, rural settlement distributions, dryland landscape analysis, urban agglomeration wetlands ecosystem, Mangrove forest degradation and urban land use changes using GIS software. Prizes were also given to the two best groups for the best project work, and two students for the best performance in class overall in ArcGIS application and Remote Sensing image interpretation.
The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) is the largest faculty in Universiti Brunei Darussalam in terms of staff and student number, with about 2000 students and 60 staff. The faculty offers ten major programmes at undergraduate level, ranging from Linguistics, History, Geography, Communications and Arts. In line with University’s emphasis on interdisciplinary competency, FASS academic staff teach in more than one programme across the faculty so that insights from diverse disciplines are brought to bear on research problems and teachings.
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