The Centre for Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing (CGIS) was founded in 1999 through an agreement between the former national University of Rwanda and the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International (DFGFI). It was created to enhance regional capacity in conservation science and related technologies. Initial point of contact at the University was made through the Faculty of Science and Technology. Rapidly, in 2001, it was decided to create a permanent structure with an inter-faculty status directly under the authority of the Vice Rector for Academic Affairs, recognized by the Academic Senate on 5th February 2003 and accepted by the University Council on October 3rd 2003.

The background for this decision related to the increasing importance of GIS and Remote Sensing technology in environmental sciences and due to the wide range of fields in which the technology started to be used. The establishment of CGIS is part of the strategy of the University to build ICT capacity and sustainable infrastructure that would provide support to teaching, learning, research, management and community development to meet community, national and global developmental challenges. 

The most important mission of the CGIS is to provide capacity building at UR so that graduates of the program will be able to apply this new technology in the planning and management of Rwanda’s resources.More specifically, the mission of the CGIS comprises the following elements : 

  • Developing a GIS & RS curriculum for instruction, to support the UR mission to become a university of excellence based on solid IT supported education to prepare tomorrow trainers but also prepare students to a better professional insertion.
  • Assisting governmental and non-governmental institutions by providing training in the application of GIS & RS tools, and thus establish formal links with other national, regional and international institutions for GIS technology Assisting in GIS-based conservation research in conjunction with our partner, Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International.
  • Developing research in various topics of national interest, to improve the quality of services rendered to the community by use of ICT and support UR mission to provide integrated and coordinated community-orientated services that impact positively on sustainable socio-economic development in Rwanda.
  • Collecting, creating and organising regional geographic data and other database available at the national and regional level to allow interested institutions and decision-makers to access easily to update information critical in the decision-making processes.
    • This objective to create a “Central Clearinghouse “ will allow the center to establish and serve the links between universities, research institutes, government and non-government organizations, overseas data sharing, and coordinate activities. Serving as a mapping unit to respond to the needs of the community.

Welcome note

GIS and RS are tools needed by many if not all. Come to us and we will share with you our experiances and discoveries we have aquired in more than 15 years of working with spatial data.

How to Reach Us

Based in Loiret Building opposite (the newly built) Huye bus station.

CGIS-UR is located in Southern Province of Rwanda near the National Museum of Rwanda. 

What is GIS?

“GIS is an integrated system of computer hardware, software, and trained personnel linking topographic, demographic, utility, facility, image and other resource data that is geographically referenced.” ~ NASA

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