Today, undergraduate students in the field of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) at St John's University of Tanzania, in Dodoma received valuable training on Geographic Information System (GIS), Satellite Imaging, and Map Cartography from the Geological Survey of Tanzania (GST). The training, conducted on February 1, 2024, was delivered by GST experts following a practical visit by the at St John's University of Tanzania students to the institute.
Mujuni Desdery, Head of the Cartography Department, emphasized the significance of the Geology Map profession. He explained that it involves gathering information, processing data, and creating maps that indicate areas with geological and mineral indicators. Desdery stressed that this field requires effort, creativity, and expertise after completing university education.
Clement John, a Map Drawing specialist, explained how they use the Global Positioning System (GPS) to collect geological information and process it to create relevant maps. He underscored the importance of technology in this process.
Muhidin Yahaya, a Map Drawing expert, described the methods of storing map information on the Geospatial Server, stating that maps were previously stored on paper and film, but now they use computers for data storage.
Veronica Mtui, a Map Drawing professional, shared her experience on how Cartographers collaborate with Geologists in collecting and processing geological information. She mentioned that the initial steps involve data collection and computer processing using Arcmap software to obtain comprehensive maps.
Dr. Fadhili Bwagalilo, a Lecturer at St John's University in Tanzania, commended GST for providing this training. He emphasized that practical experience has helped students gain a deeper understanding and enhance their education. Dr. Bwagalilo pledged to continue facilitating hands-on learning opportunities to improve students' skills.
St John's University in Tanzania expresses gratitude to GST for their collaboration and the significant contribution of these training sessions to the development of our students. We will continue working with other institutions to ensure our students gain real-world experience and are well-prepared for high-skilled employment opportunities.