On Wednesday, September 26th, 2018, there was an official Accreditation Event held in the Department of Geography. The event was to celebrate the accreditation of the Department’s long-running MSc in GIS and Remote Sensing under the Geomatics Surveying Professional Group of the Society for Chartered Surveyors Ireland and Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. The course at Maynooth University is the first ever accreditation for a University department (backdated to 2015) and recognises the course’s twenty-year history of delivering training and education to new geomatics professionals out of Maynooth. First set up as a Higher Diploma in 1997 by Dr. Paul Gibson and Emeritus Professor Dennis Pringle, the course has been graduating students into both Irish and International GIS and Remote Sensing industries with a very high record of placing students in employment in a fast-moving and multi-disciplinary working environment. The accreditation by the SCSI-RICS both cements those strong industry links and also offers graduates a clear route into a professional institution with global recognition as well as offering current students automatic access to resources and training. Both the SCSI-RICS and Maynooth University are delighted with the new formal links and look forward to future benefits for both students and the professional body. We would also like to thank Paul Gibson for his tireless contribution to the development and maintenance of the course in advance of his imminent retirement.
Pictured are: James Lonergan (SCSI Director of Education), Maria Pramaggiore (VP-Dean of Graduate Studies, MU), Ronan Foley (Course Director, MSc in GIS and Remote Sensing, MU), Colin Bray (Immediate Past President of the SCSI and CEO of Ordnance Survey Ireland), Conor Cahalane (Deputy Course Director, MSc in GIS and Remote Sensing, MU).