ubikcan

September 11, 2008

New GIS program at Johns Hopkins

Filed under: Uncategorized — ubikcan @ 8:03 am

This is very interesting, and symbolic:

JHU Launches Online Certificate in
Geographic Information Systems

Five-course program will teach sought-after skills
to aspiring professionals

Students anywhere in the world can now earn a certificate in geographic information systems by taking courses online from The Johns Hopkins University.

Johns Hopkins is the university once headed by the geographer Isaiah Bowman, former Director of the American Geographical Society. According to Neil Smith’s book American Empire, Bowman was somewhat to blame for not stopping the elimination of the geography department at Harvard (which has now also got a GIS program).

(JHU has a department of Geography and Environmental Engineering, which is in the Engineering School).

Is this the beginning of the end of the long winter of geography in ivy league universities? Perhaps not:

The online certificate, offered by the university’s Environmental Sciences and Policy Program and endorsed by the Maryland Higher Education Commission in July, is opening for student enrollment in the fall 2008 semester.

But what’s in a name?

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