Trimble has announced that it will provide access to geospatial software products and online training for UNIGIS International Association post-graduate students in geoinformatics. The distance-learning students must be enrolled at any of the UNIGIS partner universities. Trimble has also welcomed the students to take part in its User Community to access training materials and participate in forums and discussions.

“We are pleased to provide geospatial software and online training programs to students in UNIGIS programs,” says Alain Samaha, business area director of GIS and software for Trimble's geospatial division. “Working with UNIGIS, we can further support the industry by providing technology tools that enable students to be prepared for their careers.”

Trimble will provide UNIGIS distance learning students worldwide with access to eCognition, Inpho, UASMaster, GPS Pathfinder Office, SketchUp Pro and other software technologies for their study assignments and thesis development.

"UNIGIS is addressing the geospatial industry’s critical bottleneck of capacity building. This needs the sustained support of leading-edge companies like Trimble. Working together we can enhance the educational experience for students to promote future innovation and advancement of the geospatial industry,” says Josef Strobl, professor at the University of Salzburg and chair of UNIGIS International.

About UNIGIS International

The UNIGIS International Association is a distance education initiative offering masters and post-graduate diploma/certificate programs in geographical information science and systems. With more than 6,000 alumni and hundreds of new students every year, UNIGIS is the largest academic capacity building framework worldwide, thus contributing significantly to the advancement of the geospatial industries. As a global network of higher education institutions UNIGIS is dedicated to enhancing the competence of GIS professionals worldwide.

About Trimble

Trimble applies technology to make field and mobile workers in businesses and government significantly more productive. Solutions are focused on applications requiring position or location, including surveying, construction, agriculture, fleet and asset management, public safety and mapping. In addition to utilizing positioning technologies such as GPS, lasers and optics, Trimble solutions may include software content specific to the needs of the user. Wireless technologies are utilized to deliver the solution to the user and to ensure a tight coupling of the field and the back office. Founded in 1978, Trimble is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif.