Worksheet for Education

The ICA Commission on Education and Training is an active group of cartographers with wide-ranging interest in ensuring the successful passing on of knowledge to the next generation and maintaining the professional development of current cartographers. It must therefore have a firm grasp on contemporary issues and good ideas about how efficiently to communicate them.To meet these requirements an ambitious list of twenty projects (in bold below) for the Commission to address has been published on its well-maintained website ( 1). The Commission welcomes further input from any interested bodies.One priority is the development of modules for the existing web-based... (read more)
2010-01-28 03:55:09

Developments in Geomatics Education

Many institutes for geo(infor)matics education experienced hard times around the turn of the millennium. In particular, the influx of new students was often dramatically low and some university boards decided to erase land surveying and geodesy from their list of educational programmes. How do things stand now? Many new programmes have been set up in recent years. For example, a new bachelor degree programme in Geodesy and Geoinformatics began at the University of Zagreb, Croatia in academic year 2005/2006, while the master’s programme is to get underway in 2008/09. Since 2005/06 Delft University of Technology has been offering a two-year... (read more)
2007-08-11 12:00:00

Geomatics Education in Australia

Developments in Geomatics Education (7)
Surveying/geomatics education programmes for the training of professional surveyors in Australia were introduced in each state in the second half of the twentieth century, replacing an articled pupil system that had operated for more than a century. There are currently about 1,100 equivalent full-time undergraduate geomatics students in the eight four-year geomatics programmes, with approximately two hundred graduating each year. The preferred optimum would be twice that number. Reduced government funding and declining enrolment on geomatics courses have put education institutions under increased pressure to rationalise their programmes, resulting in reduced staff numbers and, in some cases, closures. Formal programmes... (read more)
2007-06-14 12:00:00

Global Climate Change Education Awards

NASA has awarded USD7.7 million in cooperative agreements to seventeen organisations across the United States to enhance learning through the use of NASA's Earth science resources. The selected organisations include colleges and universities, non-profit groups, and a community college. The winning proposals in the Global Climate Change Education Awards illustrated innovative approaches to using NASA content in elementary, secondary and undergraduate teaching, and lifelong learning. The proposals emphasised engaging students in NASA Earth observation data and Earth system models, and providing climate-related research experiences for teachers and undergraduate students.Each cooperative agreement is expected to leverage NASA's unique contributions in climate... (read more)
2010-08-18 09:33:23

Recognition of Cross-border Education

On 1-2 November the Group on Earth Observations members, ITC, and ISPRS Commission VI organised an executive seminar on the recognition of cross-border education initiatives at ITC in Enschede, the Netherlands. The seminar brought together providers of (international and cross-border) capacity building such as representatives of the ITC initiated GI-NET network and the Directors of the Regional Training Centres affiliated to the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs. They discussed their experiences with experts in recognition (credential valuation and accreditation) and governance (quality assurance) of higher education qualifications, and professionals from the EO and GI sectors.   The highly successful... (read more)
2007-11-12 12:26:03

West Virginia Expands STEM Education

The adoption of ESRI's geographic information system (GIS) software statewide marks the next step for West Virginia in doing its part in the national effort to expand science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education.     According to Charlie Fitzpatrick, K-12 education manager at ESRI, "More and more states see value in GIS for all students, in all grades and subject areas, because it fosters integrative thinking, analysis, problem solving, and communication. These are critical skills students must master not only to make the most of social studies and STEM education but also to become effective workers and informed citizens."... (read more)
2010-01-18 01:31:08

A World of Cartographic Education

The ICA Education Commission reported last year in these pages on educational resources for cartography on the web. The ongoing project of creating material, summarising and presenting links to worldwide initiatives in cartographic education forms part of the commission's website at 1 Further content includes a regularly updated list of conventional cartographic courses in higher education around the world, and a set of academic papers relevant to education and training.     Cartographic Education The Commission has also been active in soliciting reports on cartographic education from a number of countries. These reveal a picture varying in strength and opportunity,... (read more)
2009-01-12 03:29:21

The Importance of Continuous Education

How Fugro Academy Advances the Company’s Business
It is now well over ten years since Fugro Academy opened its doors within Fugro as a focal point for learning and development for the company’s 10,000-plus employees, who specialise in providing geoinformation and asset integrity services to a global client base. So, what is Fugro Academy and how does it contribute to the ongoing education and professional development of the largely technical workforce? Andrew McNeill, global talent development manager at Fugro, explains more. Fugro Academy was established in late 2006. Around that time, Fugro was working in a very buoyant market, particularly for services related to oil and gas,... (read more)
2018-02-14 10:27:53

Passion for Education and GIS

Education professionals will gather to explore the power of spatial thinking from 11th to 14th July at the 2009 ESRI Education User Conference (EdUC). The conference, to be held at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront in San Diego (CA, USA) will provide a forum for collaboration among educators, administrators, researchers, librarians, and museum professionals with all levels of geographic information system (GIS) experience.     Attendees will kick-start their conference experience during the Plenary Session as ESRI education team members explore the latest applications and resources in the ESRI education community. Keynote speaker Dr. Henk Scholten will talk about the... (read more)
2009-05-11 10:20:24
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