GIS Professional Training in Egypt: The Impact of New Technologies and Trends

ASPRS 2009 Annual Conference, Baltimore, Maryland, March 9-13, 2009

Darwish A. Ahmed

“The last two decades has witnessed an unprecedented growth in the GIS industry allover the world, and particularly in the Arab world. Accompanying this growth, there is a similar unprecedented change, in the technologies and techniques e.g. introduction of web GIS and mobile GIS, associated with traditional GIS. This has dictated the need for a new sort of caliber to work in GIS projects and consequently a change on how GIS training is being offered. Therefore, preparing and implementing different educational, academic and professional training programs within the GIS field became a true challenge for every contributor in this field. The main objective of this paper is to analyze how the professional training sector in Egypt has responded to such changes in the need of local and regional industry. Other objectives include: analyzing the relation between the education sector and the GIS industry, how successful the education sector is in responding to the industry needs, and the need for higher education programmes. This shall be achieved by analyzing the offerings of the major provider of professional GIS training in Egypt. Analysis clearly shows that the training offerings have been responsive to the change in the industry’s needs. Also, it is clear that there is a need for more academic programmes to complement the available professional training.”

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