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Sharing and cooperation in geo-information technology
Aziz, T. Lukman

goal, that is, only a top runner of research can lead highest
quality education in a graduate school.
(4) STAR Program should strengthen the ability of software
development rather than the skill how to use the existing
software or models. As a graduate school, we dont need to
produce just computer operators. We need software developers
who develop their own software or models to solve
environmental problems that cannot be solved with existing
software alone.
(5) STAR Program should grow professional researchers by
continuing to support the finance for outstanding graduates. In
the same way, STAR Program should accept outstanding young
researchers from outside, for promotion of research.
2. Education Program in Master Course
According to the goals, STAR Program has set up the following
curriculum guideline for Master course in five terms or twenty
(1) Basic configuration of terms (see Appendix 1)
First Term: Lecturers of fundamental theory and principle. This
is to standardize the level of master students.
Second Term: Lectures with computer laboratory sessions. This
is to develop the software capability by hands-on-training.
Third Term: Lectures with advanced technologies. This is to
strengthen the students knowledges with a target on the
subsequent master thesis. Special study with literature review
will be also suggested to students. Proposal defense of master
thesis should be passed.
Fourth Term: Master thesis research including preprocessing
remote sensing and GIS data and field study. Progress report
should be passed.
Fifth Term: Master thesis research including editing master
thesis and final defense with oral presentation in an open door
seminar style.
(2) Computer Facilities
In order to provide students with well installed computer
systems, STAR Program has following laboratories and
facilities for supporting Master and Doctor courses.
a. Remote Sensing Laboratory
a-1 Digital Lab.
10 pentium PCs with 10 set of ARC/INFO, IDRISI, ERDAS
and ENVI with NT server. Color plotters, digitizers and image
scanner are also installed. Students are given 200 M bytes disk
space at minimum, another 200 M bytes on request and more on
special request.
a-2 Visual Lab.
Maps and satellite images/tapes are open to students.
a-3 Photo Lab.
Photographic processing facility is installed to convert from
digital data to photo and enlarge photos for image
a-4 Project Room
UNIX Workstations and PCs are installed to support doctoral.
b. Documentation Room
Word processors and printers are installed for documentation of
papers. PCs in Digital Lab. are prohibited to use as a word
(3) Educational problems
STAR Program has following problems, though it has improved
remarkably as compared with five years ago.
a. Limited number of scholarship
Financial support in a form of scholarship is most essential.
Tuition fee,
academic service fee and living expense (accommodation and
food) per term is 3,400 US dollars, 240 US dollars and about
1,000 US dollars respectively that make the total cost of Master
Course (5 terms) 23,200 US Dollars, while Doctor Course (9
terms) 41,760 US dollars.
b. Different Level of Quality
Because AIT students come from various countries in Asia and
Pacific (almost 30 countries), the level of quality at the
enrollment is so different that the targets of courses should be
carefully chosen. STAR Program will target top 30 percent as a
strategy rather than bottom class in order to keep the high
c. Limited research budget
Budget for supporting master thesis is limited only about 300
-400 US dollars. It makes students difficult to purchase satellite
data and to go to field study. Individual faculty will have to
find extra fund to support advisees. In this sense, STAR
Program most welcomes to receive complementary satellite data
for educational purpose from space agencies.
3. Training Program
The GIS Application Center (GAC), AIT provides end users of
remote sensing and GIS with two types of short-term training
- Regular courses : in 1998 three courses were planned ; Basic
GIS Course (13-24 July 1998), Advanced GIS for Watershed
Management (27 August - 7 September 1998) and Advanced
GIS for Flood Mitigation (7-18 December, 1998). Each course
costs 2,000 US dollars including accommodation, with the
maximum 20 trainees.