18 Jun 2019
A new SIM-University at Buffalo (UB) degree programme in Geographic Information Science (GIScience) will commence classes in August this year. This is the latest addition to SIM’s recent programme offerings in emerging fields such as Cyber Security, Fintech and Artificial Intelligence, and Business Analytics.
“As an education institution, we are constantly looking at trends and emerging fields. Geospatial technology is advancing at an unprecedented speed and creating many new and exciting jobs worldwide. In Singapore, geospatial technology is a key enabler of the country’s aspirations to be a smart nation and new economy. We are offering a suite of programmes in geographic information science through our existing university partner UB which is well ranked in this area. SIM graduates in these programmes will certainly enjoy strong employment prospects”, said Dr Lee Kwok Cheong, Chief executive Officer, SIM Global Education.
In Singapore, a geospatial master plan – Geospatial Singapore – is in place to adopt a whole-of-nation approach to collectively maximise the use of geospatial information and technology for Singapore's Smart Nation initiative. The launch of the new programme and a public lecture on GIScience are also part of SIM-UB’s 15th anniversary celebrations.
Speaking at the public lecture on 18 May, Assistant Professor Yingjie Hu from UB’s Department of Geography and the National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis, explained the wide-ranging applications of GIScience in the real world, including wayfinding, location-based services, resource management, urban planning, disaster response and public health.
Assistant Professor Hu talking about the career opportunities that GIScience graduates have at software companies as well as the public sector.
The public lecture drawing much interest from prospective and current SIM students, staff and faculty, as well as industry experts.