NSCES graduates GIS experts


NSCES graduates GIS experts

The Ndata School of Climate and Earth Sciences (NSCES) at the Malawi University of Science and Technology on March 27, 2020 gave out certificates of attendance to 20 participants to its short course in GIS and Mapping and Spatial Data Analysis in QGIS and R.
The training which run between March 23 and 27, will be followed up by another one in Fundamentals of Remote Sensing and Image Interpretation that will run between March 30 and April 3, 2020.
Speaking during the certificate presentation ceremony in the university’s library auditorium, Executive Dean of NSCES Dr Wilfred Kadewa asked the participants to use their newly acquired skills and make a difference in their workplaces.
“We have imparted both knowledge and skills to you and this is in line with the name of our university which focuses on science and technology. What we want to see is application of these skills in your work. The danger with skills is that if not used, you lose them over time,” said the NSCES executive dean.
“The certificate you have received is a demonstration that you can do something and we want you to do that something better, at a higher level and with some excellence. As our ambassadors, we expect nothing short of excellence in your work. The motto of MUST is ‘where excellence reigns’ and we want it to reign through you.”
Dr Kadewa also seized the opportunity to urge the participants to practice safety measures in line with COVID19 guidelines in addition to praying for Malawi to be spared from the pandemic.
In line with his COVID19 advice, there was no shaking hands or hugging during the certificate presentation. Instead people tagged legs to show warmth.
Speaking on behalf of the participants, the group’s president Vitumbiko Jere thanked MUST for organizing the course, adding it has improved their knowledge and developed their skills to another level.
“We come from different backgrounds and that can create problems but our facilitators were able to accommodate our differences and made sure that we understood the concepts. It was a course that challenged us but above all, it was rewarding,” he said.