The SEED4NA project

Project Objectives

Human society is facing a number of global challenges (e.g. climate change, population growth and migrations, food and energy security). In an effort to solve those challenges decision makers must rely on spatial data (SD). An efficient use of SD requires that they are well structured and directly available. Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) as frameworks to share and re-use SD by public authorities, private sector and citizens, and Earth Observation (EO) as one of the main sources for SD, are key elements for different application domains. Precondition for a successful use of SD are the relevant knowledge and skills in SDI and EO technologies amongst professionals. This means also that institutions of higher education must have the knowledge and capacities to provide modern education to their students and offer professionals the right VET programmes to raise the overall level of expertise in SDI & EO. The region of Northern Africa (NA) is also exposed to the above mentioned global challenges, but is currently facing a lack of SD and EO use in decision and policy making, which is directly related with the lower level of SDI development and the sub-optimal use of EO data. It is therefore essential that academic institutions in NA countries raise their capacities regarding SDI & EO.
The SEED4NA project aims to: 1) develop the required knowledge, skills and competencies on SDI & EO within partner universities; 2) help introducing modern SDI & EO courses in engineering and agriculture/forestry studies; 3) implement supporting VET programmes; 4) help partner universities to support the development of SDI in their country and 5) promote a European approach to SDI & EO. SEED4NA will result in the establishment of capable, well trained pools of experts within academic institutions which will introduce in their turn a modern approach in academic and VET education on SDI & EO in their respective countries, thereby becoming promotors of SDI development and EO use.

Aims and Actions 



Leuven, Beligum 

Glenn Vancauwenberghe – Project coordinator


Bochum, Germany


Enschede, Netherlands

UNIVERSITY OF ZAGREB – Faculty of Geodesy

Zagreb, Croatia


Jonaker, Sweden


Alexandria, Egypt


Fayoum, Egypt


Agadir, Morocco


Rabat, Morocco


Amiclar Carthage, Tunisia


Jendouba, Tunisia

Regional Centre of Remote Sensing of North Africa States

Tunis, Tunisia


Es Senia, Algeria

University of science and technology houari boumediene

Bab Ezzouar, Algeria

Budget (€)

The goal of WP1 is to conduct the necessary surveys and to perform an analysis of collected information aiming to create environment and design in a systematic way the specifications for the SDI and EO (with emphasis on Copernicus) project or baseline curriculum.  For the design of curriculum, the Curriculum Design Tool of GI-N2K will be used. Curriculum design actions include: the design of modules, courses or lectures/assignment; the number of ECTS in case of academic education/training; the workload in case of VET; the definition of pre- and post-requisites; and finally, the desired learning outcomes.

Activities in WP1 are organized in four tasks :

  • T1.1 – Current status at partner universities
  • T1.2 – Current status of learning material from program countries
  • T1.3 – Requirement analysis
  • T1.4 – Specification of project curriculum.

The goal of the WP2 is to develop the content of the curricula and the supporting learning material to be included in the project curriculum as specified in D1.4-D1.5 and to prepare the partner universities in providing courses for students at HEI’s and for professionals in the frame of VET initiatives according to their needs and to ensure tools for conducting the courses (equipment) is operational.   

Activities in WP2 are organized in four tasks :

  • T2.1 – Deveopment of project curriculum
  • T2.2 – Vocational education training courses development
  • T2.3 – SDI & EO lab equipmet purchase/installation
  • T2.4 – Training of teachers

The goal of WP3 is that each partner university introduces courses (or parts thereof) from the project curriculum developed under T2.1 – T2.4 in its own curricula. In practice, the goal of this WP primarily is to implement and conduct the developed and localized project curriculum at each partner country university/faculty in third year of the project lifetime.

The WP3 is subdivided into four tasks:

  • T3.1 – Localisation of curriculum
  • T3.2 – Implementation of local curricula
  • T3.3 – Running courses to students
  • T3.4 – Evaluation of implementation

The goal of Work Package 4 (WP4): Dissemination & Exploitation is efficient dissemination of project results and information about SDI and EO in partner countries. This dissemination should raise the general knowledge about SDI and EO in the target sectors, to increase awareness about the project and its results within its main target groups (students, institutions professionals and external universities) and to assure that the project results will be maintained and further developed after the completion of the project. It has also the goal to define future exploitation models between partners and set-up a model for future projects.

WP4 is organized in the following tasks:

  • T4.1 – Development of a Communication and Dissemination plan
  • T4.2 – Dissemination of project results
  • T4.3 – VET courses execution
  • T4.4 – Project exploitation and sustainability

The goal of Work Package 5 (WP5) Management is to ensure efficient and smooth management and coordination, both among the partners and between the project partnership and the EACEA, and of all the project activities leading towards the successful execution of the project in accordance with the defined goals. This will be achieved with the establishment of a Project Office at KU LEUVEN, in charge for the administrative duties/commitments and with the use of the proper tools for an efficient management and monitoring of the project.

Activities in WP5 are organized in following tasks:

  • T5.1 – Project management structure establishment
  • T5.2 – Project coordination, administration and monitoring
  • T5.3 – National stakeholder coordination

The aims of WP6 are: (1) to assure that the project processes and results will meet the specific project objectives and that they contribute to the wider project objectives and (2) to systematically perform quality evaluation of project outputs and outcomes, to answer the questions about the effectiveness and efficiency of the project activities. In addition, the activities will also support the Project Management by providing status reports addressing the expected impact of the project results. The WP also assesses whether the project results (outputs and outcomes) are acceptable in terms of usefulness and usability for reaching the major project objectives, and thus whether the overall quality of the project is high.

Execution of WP6 is organized according to the folowing tasks :

  • T6.1 – Development of a Quality plan
  • T6.2 – Evaluation of progress and results
  • T6.3 – Monitoring success indicators
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Expected results

The most tangible results of the project will be a set of new and/or updated courses on SDI, EO and related topics in each of the four partner countries, provided by the different partner HEIs:

  • In Egypt, new courses on Spatial Modelling and Applications for SDI and Web GIS and geoportals for SDI will be implemented, while existing courses on the Introduction to GIS for SDI, Database Management Systems for SDI and Spatial Web Applications and Programming and modelling will be updated. These new and updated courses will be implemented at the Alexandria University and Fayoum University.
  • In Morocco, existing courses on Advanced Remote Sensing and GIS, Web Mapping Techniques and Spatial Database Management will be updated, and new courses will be designed and implemented on Geospatial Technologies for Smart Cities and Spatial Big Data Management. The two local universities involved in the design and implementation of these courses are Ibn Zohr University and the Hassan II Institute of Agronomy & Veterinary Medicine.
  • In Tunisia, several existing courses on GIS, remote sensing, and Spatial Analysis will be updated, to better address relevant SDI and EO developments and technologies. These courses will be offered at Carthage University and the University of Jendouba, two leading universities in the geospatial domain in Tunisia.
  • In Algeria, existing courses on GIS, data mining and big data will be updated with new material on spatial data processing and analysis. New courses that will be developed include courses on the application of machine learning on satellite imagery, 3D Mapping Techniques and GIS applications. The local universities involved in the design and implementation of these courses are the University of Oran 1 and the University of Sciences and Technologies Houari Boumediene


In addition to these courses, there are also other valuable project results, supporting the development of these courses and meet the skills needs in the partner countries. These include the stakeholders requirement analysis, the specification of existing learning resources on SDI/EO, the design of a project curriculum on SDI and EO, the provision of vocational training on SDI, EO and related topics, and various dissemination activities.

This project has received funding from the Erasmus + capacity building in higher education under projec reference number 610328-EPP-1 -2019-1-BE-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP

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