Full text: Modern trends of education in photogrammetry & remote sensing

Appart from the obvious obligation of university courses to comply 
with the modern trends of the science and with the contemporary tech 
niques, university courses should face the present and future demands of 
both the national and the international production lines. As far as national 
organizations are concerned, they should define their needs for the next 
10-20 years, so that courses could adjust themselves accordingly. 
A national pianninig of applications seems to be the first serious 
step. A large portion of this planning is being made nowadays by the 
newly established Hellenic Organization for Cadastre and Cartography. The 
whole spectrum of applications should, however, be mapped by an inde 
pendent committee, representing all and supported by all the involved 
A systematic registration and evaluation of available resources 
(equipment, manpower, expertise etc.) should be made, so that planning of 
needs in personnel and equipment can become a reality. If the above steps 
are made, then specifications to the education system can no doubt be 
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If the above analyses show that future, not to say present, photo- 
grammetric and remote sensing work needs be supported by private firms, 
the private sector should be prepared accordingly. It is a fallacy to expect 
significant investments by anthusiasts, without the certainty that work will 
exist. If the potential of the private sector is to be exploited, private firms 
should be given financial motivations (e.g. loans to purchase new or reno 
vate existing intrumentation) and pilot, if not actual, viability projects. 
One major handicap of hellenic university laboratories concerns 
the quality of instruction instrumentation and the number of available 
pieces of equipment. Actually qualified professionals cannot be produced if 
the available pieces of equipment is not related to the number of students 
instructed per year, and if the instruments are outdated. A good deal of 
financial support to renovate and expand instrumentation at university labs 
is absolutely necessary. 
Universities should develop, on the other hand, at least nationwide 
homogeneous curricula for undergraduate studies, in accordance with the 
production enviroments specifications. They should also develop post 
graduate courses according to the interests of the contemporary and 
planned practice. In the meantime, needs for post-graduates can be faced 
by established courses abroad. Subject-oriented post-graduate studies

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