Geospatial education for employability: the European project MYGEO

Authors: Rafael Miguel González*, University of Zaragoza
Topics: Geography Education, Europe
Keywords: geospatial education, libraries, informal settings
Session Type: Paper
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Formal settings in higher education as undergraduate and graduate programs are outstanding ways to learn geography, to increase geospatial literacy and, in particular, to acquire skills on geospatial technologies. They allow students to be trained as GIS professionals in order to incorporate them to the labor market. In the United States, Geographic Information Science and Technology (GIS&T) Body of Knowledge or GEOINT Essential Body of Knowledge provide enough technical competences and both are valid guidelines for curricula in higher education programs. On the contrary Europe, a there isn't a common framework for geospatial education, despite the efforts made by the implementation of the European Higher Education Area. Besides this, each country has their own internal regulations for geospatial professionals and, sometimes, academic rigidity makes curricula for GIS programs soon old-fashioned, especially master programs after geography undergraduate programs. This paper describes some initiatives in Europe to make better geospatial training as they are developed in informal settings. At these cases pedagogies for learning are more flexible than formal settings, curriculum is thought according to the current needs of society and industry, but also learning activities are oriented towards a wider public. Last, the initiative of this training belongs to more accessible entities, either libraries or education organizations. Some examples will be highlighted and in particular the European Union funded project MY-GEO.

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