Heft 16/1985

des Instituts für Geodäsie

Heft 16/1985

SZACHERSKA, Maria Krystyna /
WELSCH, Walter M.

Geodetic Education in Europe

230 S.

Auflage:  400

ISSN:  0173-1009






Rinner, Karl

Acknowledgement 5
Contents 7
Introduction 9
Remarks on the Principal Models of Education
of Geodesists and Surve
yors in Europe

References 21
The Geodetic Education in the European Countries 25
     Austria 27
     Belgium 35
     Bulgaria 39
     Czechoslovakia 43
     Denmark 47
     Federal Republic of Germany 59
     Finland 77
     France 81
     German Democratic Republic 95
     Greece 107
     Hungary 109
     Italy 117
     Yugoslavia 121
     Luxembourg 123
     The Netherlands 125
     Norway 133
     Poland 139
     Portugal 149
     The Republic of Ireland 153
     Romania 157
     Spain 161
     Sweden 163
     Switzerland 175
     Turkey 185
     The United Kingdom of Great Britain and
     the Northern Ireland

     USSR 199
Reports on Asia and South America 209
     Final Report of the Regional Working Group ASIA 211
     Report of Working Group SOUTH AMERICA 215


The proper training and education of the young is of vital importance in any technical discipline. It must meet the requirements of the present and take into account those of the future. Its objective is to impart theoretical fundamentals, a scientific mode of thinking as well as expert knowledge. For theory is the key to the future, and nothing is more practical than a sound theory.

Because of the immense significance of geodetic activities for scientific development and scientific progress, all international societies interested in the advance of geodesy are also concerned with the question of education and training in geodesy. These are above all the International Association of Geodesy, the Fédération Internationale des Géomètres and the International Scoety of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing as well as the International Cartographic Association, the International Hydrographic Organization, the International Society of Mining, and the Cartographic Section of the United Nations. In all these, relevant commissions were established, in the International Association of Geodesy the commission "Education in Geodesy", which was headed from 1972 to 1983 by the undersigned. In this period, working groups were installed for the regions Africa, Asia, Australia and Pacific, Europe, North America as well as South America. These reported on their work at the symposium "Education in Geodesy" 1982 in Graz, in which the above-mentioned sister organizations participated as well. The results of this symposium are contained in the Proceedings (Mitteilungen der geodätischen Institute der Technischen Universität Graz, Folge 42, 1983).

Supplementary to this, Prof. Dr. M. K. Szacherska and Prof. Dr. W. M. Welsch compiled an extensive report on the situation in the European countries. As this contains valuable information for all those interested in the education and training of geodesists and presents from among the multitude of systems used three well-defined systems that have stood their test in many years of practical application, the publication of this works is of great value. The expert world is greatly indebted to the authors for their laborious work and the excellent presentation. It is to be hoped that similar reports will be coming forth on other regions from the respective organizations and that these reports can also be utilized by sister organizations.

K. Rinner


Presenting in this volume the results of our common work in Commission IX - EDUCATION IN GEODESY - of the International Association of Geodesy in the years 1979-1983, we express the hope that the data we were able to collect may prove helpful when elaborating proposals for a modernization of the systems of educating geodesists and surveyors meeting the actual needs of our profession and science. We thank all the colleagues who - representing their countries in Commission IX - participated in the activity of the Regional Working Group EUROPE.

The period between the General Assemblies of IAG in Canberra and Hamburg was, also for us personally, of great importance, for we had the opportunity to work under the immediate direction of Professor Dr. mult. Karl Rinner, President of Commission IX. We wish to stress the extraordinary sympathy always shown by Professor Rinner to his collaborators. We also could appeal always for his most valuable advice and help in solving our problems, not only those connected with our activity in Commission IX. We therefore wish to dedicate this volume to Professor Rinner.

Maria Krystyna Szacherska

Walter Welsch

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