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Int. Arch. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., XL-6, 103–106, 2014
https://doi.org/10.5194/isprsarchives-XL-6-103-2014
Int. Arch. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., XL-6, 103–106, 2014
https://doi.org/10.5194/isprsarchives-XL-6-103-2014

  23 Apr 2014

23 Apr 2014

Challenges of Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Education and Technology Transfer in a Fast Developing Industry

F. Tsai and L.-C. Chen F. Tsai and L.-C. Chen
  • Center for Space and Remote Sensing Research, National Central University 300 Zhongda Road, Zhongli, Taoyuan 320, Taiwan

Keywords: Higher Education, Technology Transfer, Capacity Building, Geospatial Curriculum

Abstract. During the past decade, Taiwan has experienced an unusual and fast growing in the industry of mapping, remote sensing, spatial information and related markets. A successful space program and dozens of advanced airborne and ground-based remote sensing instruments as well as mobile mapping systems have been implemented and put into operation to support the vast demands of geospatial data acquisition. Moreover, in addition to the government agencies and research institutes, there are also tens of companies in the private sector providing geo-spatial data and services. However, the fast developing industry is also posing a great challenge to the education sector in Taiwan, especially the higher education for geo-spatial information. Facing this fast developing industry, the demands of skilled professionals and new technologies in order to address diversified needs are indubitably high. Consequently, while delighting in the expanding and prospering benefitted from the fast growing industry, how to fulfill these demands has become a challenge for the remote sensing and spatial information disciplines in the higher education institutes in Taiwan. This paper provides a brief insight into the status of the remote sensing and spatial information industry in Taiwan as well as the challenges of the education and technology transfer to support the increasing demands and to ensure the continuous development of the industry. In addition to the report of the current status of the remote sensing and spatial information related courses and programs in the colleges and universities, current and potential threatening issues and possible resolutions are also discussed in different points of view.