Towards a new Geomatics university curriculum in Tunisia

 
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Geomatics Higher Education

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Mohamed Rached Boussema, Tunis El Manar University Ecole, Tunisia,

Abstract

Nowadays, Geoinformation has become worldwide an essential component of several applications in many domains. New technologies have transformed the availability and accessibility of geoinformation from all sources and boosted its effective use. Geospatial technologies are becoming more and more accessible, user-friendly, and cost-effective, and if successfully implemented, they have great potential likely to sustain social-economic development and to improve decision-making in increasingly complex and growing developing countries.

However, numerous pivotal challenges should be met, in order to remain on the track and fully realize the growing possibilities geospatial technologies offer. This is particularly performed through geospatial capacity building policies aiming at ways to increase capacity and reduce the geospatial divide. In this context, the paper aims at providing an overview of Geomatics education and how this is being developed in Tunisia. It discusses deeply how developing countries can match correct skill sets to create effective progress in geoinformation science and technology. The evolution and development of Geomatics training and the current status of the programs that have been developed so far will be discussed. I conclude by presenting the origin, objectives and content of a new Master’s degree program offered in the field of geospatial sciences at the University.

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