FIG Commission 2 - Professional Education

Highlights Commission Chair 2007-2010

The Commission 2 Work Plan 2007-2010 building on the experiences of the previous period tries to fulfil and implement the FIG Council Work Plan. Commission 2 in general aims:

Prof. Bela Markus, Hungary
  • To perform needs analysis of Commission representatives and FIG Academic members
  • To develop further the FIG Surveying Education Database and facilities using educational and internet standards
  • To organize annual workshops on actual topics related to education and training
  • To investigate the use of information and communication technology to support networked professional education
  • To organise, jointly with other Commissions, Regional Summer Schools for solving problems, filling educational gaps and for building communities within young professionals.

The mission and aims were realized by the following Working Groups:

Working Group 2.1 – Curriculum development
Quality curriculum and instruction are - as they have always been - the bedrock of education and the way to developing thoughtful and fulfilled professionals. The society, science and technology around our profession are changing rapidly. These changes continuously generate new educational and training needs, which should be responded by educators to ensure that their learners gain knowledge as effectively and efficiently as possible.

Working Group 2.2 – e-Learning
To successfully disseminate the knowledge, it is essential to have an up-to-date learning environment. Thanks to the development in information and communication technologies, there have been lots of possibilities and tools re-engineer the classical teaching methods. Because of e-Learning methods are expected to play an increasing role in professional education there is a growing need for knowledge transfer on this field.

Working Group 2.3 – Educational Management and Marketing
Knowledge dissemination is not only a methodological / technical problem. Institutes have to own the rights how the published materials may be available for others as well as taking commercial aspects into account. According to the rapidly changing world and demands in professional education business-based survey can help us to manage successful curricula. 

Working Group 2.4 – Real Estate Valuation and Management Education
This is a joint with Commission 9 to ensure the surveying education keeps up with the rapidly changing field.

To support the activities in the working groups Commission also conducted:

  • Workshops,
  • Summer Schools,
  • initiated Joint Projects.

In addition to the specific activities above, the Commission contributed to FIG Task Forces and the Standards Network.

Work Plan

Terms of reference

  • Curriculum development
  • Learning and teaching methods and technologies
  • Educational management and marketing
  • Continuing professional development
  • Networking in education and training

Mission Statement

  • Promoting good practices
    • Endorsing universities and other educational organisations to explore the needs of society and to manage in a pro-active way the necessary changes in the “knowledge age”.
    • Supporting academic institutions and industry with new methods of knowledge management, helping surveyors continuously to update their academic and professional profiles.
    • Advancing educational business and curriculum tuning processes.
    • Promoting content development experiences, facilitating international researches in surveying education and training and to initiate joint projects on this field (curriculum development, educational material development, joint courses, quality assurance etc.).
    • Strengthening knowledge transfer between FIG Commissions, inspiring activities on knowledge networks.
    • Improving dissemination of information on educational theory and practice to the members across the world.
    • Reinforcing contacts to Educational Commissions of International Organisations on the related professions (ICA, ISPRS, AGILE, IAG etc.)

Work Plan

Key Documents


Working Groups

Working Group 2.1 - Curriculum development


  • To support the mobility among professionals, teaching staff and students using credit transfer.
  • To support the implementation of „Bologna” changes (BSc / MSc / PhD / Professional masters) and recognition.
  • To facilitate the harmonization of curricula.
  • To define a “core knowledge base”.
  • To guarantee life-long learning with educational and training services.
  • To serve the needs in the new professional challenges.
  • To exchange ideas on Quality Management and Accreditation.


Prof. Bela Markus

Working Group 2.2 – e-Learning


  • To explore the movement from traditional face-to-face teaching towards an integrated learning environment, the changing role of the academic staff.
  • To discuss the technical, political, legal, organisational and cultural problems of e-Learning.
  • To exchange experiences on content development methods (Multimedia, CBT, Quizzes etc) and student support (Virtual Club / Library, Communication techniques, Teamwork tools).
  • To identify the Educational Portal functions
  • To disseminate Educational Metadata


Ir. E.M.C. (Liza) Groenendijk
E-mail: groenendijk[at]

Working Group 2.3 - Educational management and marketing


  • To observe and register the new challenges of our profession respond to them.
  • To survey the needs for academic members and provide required services.
  • To analyse the market and respond by LLL services.
  • To promote the need on CPD (Continuous Professional Development).
  • To disseminate experiences in recruitment and marketing.
  • To distribute know-how in Project and Quality Management.
  • To encourage young surveyors (students) on their career.
  • To serve ALUMNI and use its power.
  • To build twinning and thematic networks.


Gert Steinkellner
BEV (Vienna, Austria)
E-mail: gert.steinkellner[at]