FIG Commission 2 - Professional Education

Working Group 2.1
Developing academic networks for knowledge sharing

Experience has shown that regional networks of academic institutions supports knowledge sharing in areas of education, research and capacity development.

Objectives

  • To share knowledge and good practices in surveying curricula and programs across educational institutions and across countries – especially through existing and newly created academic networks.
  • Contribute to the final Commission 2 report on professional education.
  • To seek feedback from these academic networks on changes in curricula and approaches to professional education that respond to the changing nature of the surveying profession.
  • To discuss and describe core competences (knowledge, skills and attitudes) for the education of future land surveyors and land professionals.
  • Exploring the needs of society and endorsing universities and other educational organizations to develop mechanisms and processes that will help to meet those needs.
  • Knowledge sharing. Promoting sharing of advances in professional education, research in surveying education and training and initiate joint projects (curriculum development, educational material development, joint courses, quality assurance etc.). Improving dissemination of information on educational theory and practice to the members across the world
  • Supporting capacity building for surveying education in the developing world, through strengthening knowledge transfer (including with UN-GGIM, RICS and regional academic networks).
  • Cooperation with other professions. Reinforcing cooperation with Educational Commissions Report on Professional Surveying Education Challenges, trends, and latest approaches (methods and content of education) Regional Capacity Development and Knowledge Sharing. Cooperation with other professions Regional training and CPD of International Organisations on the related professions.

Chair

Dr. Dimo Todorovski, the Netherlands
d.todorovski[at]utwente.nl

Specific projects

  1. The University of Twente, Faculty ITC, has been actively involved in the initiation and strengthening such networks of academic institutions. Examples are the existing Eastern Africa Land Administration Network (EALAN), as well as lastly initiated Latin America Land Administration Network (LALAN). Within the framework of these networks, short courses, tailor made trainings, seminars and regional workshops are performed in order to strengthen education and build capacities required in particular region. During these activities, existing curricula are presented with aim to update and further develop the existing one, and this is a fruitful platform for new initiatives sharing and experience exchange.
  2. Leveraging off these networks this WG can conduct a questionnaire of academic members in these networks to find out the regional perspectives of curriculum needs and teaching materials etc (supporting WG2.2). Perhaps also learning styles (supporting WG2.3)
  3. Collaboration with the Training and Research Cluster of the Global Land Tool Network (GLTN) on a Knowledge Base on Responsible Land Administration. Involve FIG as a partner in the development, piloting and dissemination of the GTLN Knowledge Platform on Responsible Land Administration. Under this project 6 Modules have been developed to first draft stage and the focus in 2018 is on moving them towards online publication and freely available. FIG can add value and as a GLTN partner I am sure we can discuss adding the FIG badge to the output for example. We would work with GLTN to move this forward (Cluster co-chair Eugene Chigbu of TUM).
  4. Possible engagement with: Diane Dumashi as overall chair of the FIG Regional Capacity Development Network, Jennifer Whittal is the incoming chair of the FIG Africa Regional Network and is developing a Network of Academic Institutions in all of Africa, Robert Sarib for Asia/Pacific, as well as Eugene Chigbu (Co-lead of GLTN Training and Research Cluster). There is a strong opportunity to coordinate the activities of Commission 2 working Group 2.1, FIG Africa Regional Network, EALAN, NELGA, and the GLTN rollout of the Responsible Land Administration Knowledge Base.

The working group will further be involved in developing initiatives to support professional education at other levels than the academic education, such as the level of polytechnics and vocational training institutions.

Strengthening knowledge management and organizational learning in FIG and its members will be a theme for this working group. The use of OICRF, Surveying Reference Library and Surveying Education database, as a knowledge and learning platform for FIG will be explored and further developed. This will be done together with the responsible members and the FIG Secretariat. The new FIG website is an important factor in this initiative.

What we are working on -

  • Contribute a chapter on the role of regional academic networks to the Commission 2 report on surveying education.
  • Developing Latin America Land Administration Network (LALAN); for FIG 2019 (or FIG 2020)

 

What's New

2020

  • Working Group 2.1 organised and chaired one session within FIG Working Week 2019. TS04B: Enhancing Surveying Academic Networks
    The aim of this session was to hear from examples of academic networks that have been established and their experiences, and also to discuss how we can further develop these networks and establish new ones. The format will be 4 presentations followed by a discussion. These presentations describe established academic networks in Africa and Latin America as well as discuss opportunities for the FIG Asia Pacific Capacity Development Network and the Global Land Tool Network to enhance professional education.
  • Working Group 2.1 also had one session in the FIG Working Week 2020 programme. TS04A: Regional Academic networks and CPD.
    This session focusses on the role of regional academic networks in improving capacity building in professional education, training and professional development. It also includes good examples of promoting surveying to future students.
  • New activity of LALAN is planned for the beginning of 2020 with funding from School for Land Administration Studies -SLAS (joint initiative of the Netherlands Kadaster and Faculty ITC)
  • Possible attendance/contribution to the proposed ISPRS, NICS, NSPRS International Workshop on 'Capacity building and Education Outreach in Advanced Geospatial Technologies and Land Management’ in Nepal from 10 December. Commission 2 is keen to support this workshop.
  • Planning for a session organized and chaired by FIG Comm 2 WG 2.1 within FIG WW 2020.

2019

Working Group 2.1 aims to share knowledge and good practices in surveying curricula and programs across educational institutions and across countries – especially through existing and newly created academic networks.

Current activities and future plans

  • New activity of Latin American Land Administration Network (LALAN) is planned for the beginning of 2020 with funding from School for Land Administration Studies -SLAS (joint initiative of the Netherlands Kadaster and Faculty ITC).
  • Possible attendance/contribution by Commission 2 to the ISPRS, NICS, NSPRS International Workshop on 'Capacity building and Education Outreach in Advanced Geospatial Technologies and Land Management’ in Nepal from 10 December. Commission 2 is keen to support this workshop.
  • Planning for a session organized and chaired by FIG Comm 2 WG 2.2 within FIG WW 2020.