Kenyan university campuses to be mapped by students on Google maps

By Antony Aisi

Have you ever lost your way on campus? Wondered whether there are shorter routes to the places you want to get to fastest in your university? Well, wonder no more. Google Student Ambassadors (GSA) are bringing together students from across Africa to provide answers to you at the click of a button.

The students from over 90 universities in 12 sub Saharan African countries have been brought together for a two weeks long mapping activities to put their university campuses and surrounding areas on Google map.

Obum Ekeke, Regional Program Manager - University Programs and Outreach, Google Sub-Saharan Africa stated, “We can hardly imagine what’s in store as the GSA program expands into new regions and new universities. We hope that bringing these outstanding students together will help them learn more about mapping and its benefits and they can lead in putting their universities on the world’s map.”

The activity is expected to create thousands of edits on Google maps. The university students and surrounding communities will benefit from easier access to useful venues and buildings, such as administrative blocks, cafeterias, accommodation and dining buildings, libraries, laboratories, banks and other useful places in their various locales.

The event started last week with more than 1800 student super mappers being trained from across Africa. This week, the students have been trained on

Google Map Maker and the benefits of being able to easily locate necessary amenities and facilities around them. Over 90 universities across SSA will simultaneously have their campuses uploaded onto the world’s map, and give them visibility like never before.

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