A coordinated and harmonized system is established where network partners cooperate and mutually support each other, that provides gender sensitive and appropriate education in the use of Geo-Information Science that is responsive to the GTP objectives at academic and vocational training levels


An active, collaborative and coherent Geo-Information based research programme between network partners in line with the needs of stakeholders in the public and private sector, and contributes to the GTP objectives;


Demand driven outreach activities are taking place to ensure sustainable collaboration between the network, the public and private sector that determines the research and education profiles, stimulates spin off and entrepreneurship, and expands to engage other stakeholders.


Ethiopia strives to become a middle income country and in order to achieve this it must realize steep growth in manufacturing and export. The GTP identifies the agricultural sector as playing a leading role in the growth of the Ethiopian economy. The government objectives are to modernize agriculture and improve its efficiency and productivity, ensure food security, create employment opportunities and enhance the country’s foreign exchange earnings with the aim to promote the development of a vibrant industrial sector and accelerate overall economic growth. Achieving the objectives in the GTP will benefit from the use of spatial information and earth observation techniques. For example, food security is threatened by drought, climate-induced hazards and environmental degradation. To meet these challenges, new knowledge and skills are required, the education sector playing a pivotal role as higher education and TVET institutes should turn out the right skilled people for a changing job market. The job requirements at government and private sector and the current workforce’s knowledge and skills both at academic and TVET level should be appropriately aligned to meet the demands.

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Curriculum Review

Curriculum review and updated GI-program and staff trained in new domain specific courses


Installation of computer cluster infrastructure together with audio /video recording facilities

Data Acquisition

Utilization of low cost data acquisition systems, like UAVs and satellite reception stations.

Geo-Information Software

Utilization of low cost, free or open source Geo-Information software tools.

Education Management

Review of education management and quality control procedures.

Coherent Research Program

Coherent applied research-program between 3 Universities supported by PhD and MSc studies.

Common Research Area

Common research area equipped with necessary in-situ data collection systems

Linkage with TVET

Linkage between University and selected TVET institutes

Public-Private Link

Linkage between network and stakeholders from private and public sector

Digital LMS

Introduction of digital learning management systems and provision of distance education, also in support of TVET


Stimulation of entrepreneurship – new product development and other spin-off creation activities


Extension of collaboration with other knowledge institutes or networks, both national or within the region


Strong emphasis on sustainability to ensure continuity of education, research and outreach activities