MASTER GEOGRAPHICAL MODELLING CAMPUS+e
Date du début: 1 sept. 2015,
Date de fin: 31 août 2018
The increased complexity of urban and regional systems and the rise of massive digital and open data require that future students master an enlarged portfolio of geographical modelling tools and can relate them with other types of models in order to innovate in research and in planning practice. Likewise, trainers of geographical models and researchers across Europe also need to cross-fertilize their teaching modes and tools to the benefits of geographical education and research. They need to pool resources to create create critical mass and foster innovation.
The project MGM+e (Master Geographical Modelling Campus + e) relies on the complementarity of 9 Universities in Luxembourg, France, The United Kingdom, Belgium and Switzerland with long expertise in quantitative analysis and modelling in geography and on a digital platform within the Complex Systems science community. The project aims to improve the quality and relevance of education in geographical modelling by developing and diffusing e-tutorials, setting up an annual international intensive program for master' students of the partner universities and creating two-ways interactions between those two activities over 3 years.
The program is intended to attract the participation of many students and beginning scholars from geography and related disciplines from allover Europe and beyond via a digital platform where e-tutorials, using a variety of modeling tools and geographical topics, can be accessed. A joint intensive workshop is then organised every year where the 30-35 master students from the partner institutions can benefit from the niche expertise of each partner to learn about the most recent geographical modelling approaches and tools. The workshop is also designed as a testbed for the e-tutorials creating along the project. This unique combination of e-tutorials and intensive workshop is a key characteristic of the project for avoiding the pitfalls of training with remote tools while still embracing the ICT turn and online opportunities. The careful development of e-tutorial will also contribute to the visibility of the partners in Europe as well as of geographical modelling methods and their wider adoption in research and practice.
Overall, in the longer-run it is expected that the project will consolidate the network of European quantitative geographers and its capacity to deliver new understanding of spatial processes and innovative tools for policy makers and planners. The project will foster the international mobility and innovation capacity of our master' students, thus facilitating and augmenting quality of recruitment in research and in planning practice.
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