The Department of Geography and Social Studies conducts the following short courses on demand. Participants should expect to be trained for 2 weeks at a cost of 400,000= and upon completion, successful candidates will be awarded certificates of completion.

Training of Trainers in Cartography

This course is rolled out for the enthusiastic participants who would like to acquire more digital and practical knowledge and skills in cartography. In particular, this training targets geography teachers of tertiary and secondary schools who would like to come on board to learn and train others on the best practices of cartography in schools and other places of training. Upon completion of this training, the candidates should be able to generate publishable maps that meet the international requirements of cartographic standards.

Introduction to Geographical Information Systems

Prospective participants interested in undertaking this course should be ready to be introduced to the concepts and fundamentals of GIS including but not limited to map projection, data sources and management, geoprocessing and map production among others. As a candidate, by the end of the training, you should be able to collect GIS data using simple tools, store, retrieve and analyse to generate maps that are important to aid spatial decision making.

Advanced Geographical Information Systems

Those who have been previously introduced to the basic concepts and fundamentals of GIS in their earlier backgrounds i.e. at university or attended a GIS training elsewhere are highly encouraged to apply for this course. This course will retool you but what is interesting is that advanced hands-on practicals of GIS are more emphasised. Expect to learn more advanced analytical tools using a model builder and python automation of GIS workflows to solve simple to complex problems to address challenges in many sectors such as agriculture, transport, health, housing, land management, education, environment and water resources management among others.

Remote Sensing and satellite image interpretation

This course will expose participants to the concepts and theories of remote sensing from understanding the history, sensors, platforms, image interpretation and analysis among others.  At the end of the training, the trainees should be able to download satellite images, preprocess, analyse and conduct post classification assessment. What is unique with this course, is that the participants should expect to be exposed to a series of satellite products (optical, radar, microwave etc.) and how there are interpreted to inform decisions

WebGIS installation and Management

This course will expose you to the world of GIS on the Web. The trainees shall be trained on how to install web-service concepts, tools to use and how to publish the maps online. On completion, you should be able to install and manage web-services online using the available open-source and commercial tools.

GIS application in Disaster Risk Management

Uganda is one of the disaster-prone countries in the world with many deaths, injuries and losses. The country is also a good recipient of refugees from neighbouring countries. In its current state, acquiring knowledge and skills on disaster risk assessment, vulnerability and loss and damage assessment is an exciting plus for the participants to influence policy by defining the extent and severity of prone parts of the country. Candidates who successfully complete this course should be able to develop disaster risk products – risk profiles, maps, damage and loss profiles among others.