H:\CCTWP\educcom.wpd 25 November 1999
IAG has initiated or sponsored a number of educational activities like summer schools and
technical schools. They have been in different fields such as geoid determination, boundary
value problems, engineering geodesy, and GPS. However there is a need for knowing which
schools are planned and to which time. Besides many universities and private organisations
organize courses with the possibility for international participation.
In Europe the modern PhD-education now frequently have course requirements. But since the
number of PhD-students often is very limited (like 3 - 8) it is often difficult to justify having a
Even if textbooks are available, the development in geodesy is so fast, that new material
always need to be included in the teaching. It is often difficult for teachers to acquire such
material, if they are not experts in the field.
IAG could help here. A group of educational active geodesists should be asked to form a
(special) commission (SC) directly under the Executive Committee with the following tasks:
(1) Collect information about educational material (texts, exercises, solutions to exercises,
software used for educational purposes). Have important material translated.
(2) Propose courses in areas where there are no identified activities, and collect information
about existing courses, which offer possibility for international participation (i.e. the teaching
is done in English or French).
(3) Initiate courses in developing countries. (This means finding someone, who will take on
the responsibility for organizing a course)
(3) Foster cooperation between educations offering PhD education. (DOGE-project, for those
who remember this proposal).
(4) Investigate and test use of modern Computer Supported Cooperative Work Systems used
to give international lecturers or class-room type training with possibility for student feed-back.
The SC should not try to evaluate curricula, or come up with a standard geodesy curriculum.
Geodesy is taught in many relations (surveying, geophysics, astronomy, navigation, remote
sensing, satellite systems), and IAG should assist these fields in having access to geodetic
The SC should create a web-page on the IAG server, through which teaching material, course
offerings etc. is accessible. The SC should review the material before it is made accessible via
the IAG home-page.
Before creating a SC, the Executive should create a working group with 2 - 4 members who
should formulate a final list of objectives and program of activities.