der Universität der Bundeswehr München
Geodetic Education in Europe
Autoren: M. K. Szacherska und W. M. Welsch
Hochschule der Bundeswehr München, Neubiberg, 1985
The Geodetic Education in the European Countries
Reports on Asia and South America
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 schientific 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 Society 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.