Claremont Graduate University announces new partnership with Esri

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Claremont Graduate University (CGU) has entered into a new comprehensive partnership agreement with Esri, the world’s leading supplier of geographic information system (GIS) software.

Under the three-year agreement, Esri and CGU will provide scholarships for at least three Esri employees to begin a CGU master’s or doctoral degree program per year. Additionally, Esri and CGU will engage in collaborative research and initiate a clinic program utilizing resources from several CGU programs, including the Center for Information Systems and Technology (CISAT), the Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management, and the Institute of Mathematical Sciences.

This new agreement expands the already strong relationship between CGU and Esri. In 2008, Esri selected CISAT to house one of the company’s inaugural Esri Development Centers (EDCs). This EDC provides CGU students and faculty with the capabilities to teach and develop state-of-the-art applications in the university’s Advanced GIS Lab, as well as GIS training and student recognition through an Esri-sponsored annual achievement award.

The partnership has helped CISAT emerge as an academic leader in GIS solution development, an achievement recently recognized by the White House’s Office of Science and Technology. In the center’s Advanced GIS Lab, CGU students and faculty are currently using geospatial technologies to improve health delivery, transportation systems, humanitarian relief, and business intelligence systems.  There are already eight CGU students who are currently working for or interning at Esri—and that number is sure to increase in the coming years.

“What makes this partnership great is that CGU and Esri share similar values. We both believe an integrated approach to GIS can profoundly affect organizations and society,” said Tom Horan, director of CISAT. Notes Esri CEO and President Jack Dangermond, “Our partnership with CGU represents the latest step by Esri to form deep collaborations with outstanding universities in the region, as well as nationally and internationally. We are excited to work with the faculty and students at CGU to bring GIS research and business applications to a new level of excellence.”

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