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A Comparative Study Of Land Surveying Education At The University Of Lagos And The Pennsylvania State University

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2010 Annual Conference & Exposition


Louisville, Kentucky

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June 20, 2010

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June 20, 2010

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June 23, 2010



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Engineering Education in India, the Far East, and Central Asia

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15.17.1 - 15.17.12



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James Olaleye University of Lagos, Nigeria

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Emmanuel Abiodun University of Lagos, Nigeria

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Joseph Olusina University of Lagos, Nigeria


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he specialized in cadastral systems and Geographic Information Systems. He is currently Associate Professor of Surveying and Geographic Information Systems at The Pennsylvania State University. He teaches traditional surveying and mapping courses as well as introductory and advanced courses in Geographic Information Systems, Photogrammtetry , and Remote Sensing His previous work experiences include surveying activities in Africa, England, South America and the Caribbean. He has also worked for the Commonwealth Secretariat of Great Britain, where he served as technical advisor to the government of the Commonwealth of Dominica on infrastructure development. He also consulted for the World Bank on various projects in Peru and Tanzania. Dr. Derby is an active member of the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping, and since 2005 he has served on the Geographic and Land Information Systems (GLIS) Board. He is also a member of American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS), and the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), He currently serves on the executive of the Minorities in Engineering Division (MIND) of ASEE.

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A Comparative Study of Land Surveying Education at The University of Lagos and Penn State University


Recent efforts in globalization have extended beyond commerce, travel, technology transfer and sporting activities. In higher education, globalization has become a catalyst for world class education, diversity in problem solving methods, and improved international understanding. Many institutions of higher learning in developed countries are forming partnerships with sister institutions in developing countries and conducting collaborative learning and research activities through asynchronous teaching and learning, webinars, as well as faculty and student exchange programs. The success of these collaborations depends on a careful examination of overall program objectives as well as expected outcomes of individual programs.

Among other related courses, the curricula in both surveying programs include common courses in land Surveying, geodesy, photogrammetry, remote sensing, law and Geographic Information Systems. In addition, University of Lagos provides cartography, hydrography, finance and management studies.

This paper presents a review of program objectives and course outcomes for the two institutions. It concludes by identifying areas of opportunities with regard to course alignment, undergraduate research opportunities, faculty and student exchange and asynchronous collaborative learning. These opportunities form the basis for future collaboration in teaching and research in support of globalization in higher education.


Globalization is influencing, and indeed facilitating, interaction between societies, cultures, businesses, and even politics around the world. The drivers of the globalization process have been recent technological advances such as the Internet, telecommunications and geospatial technologies. These technologies are helping to create geographically dispersed but interconnected communities around the world. Again, the catalysts to these technologies are information management and innovation, both of which are dependent on knowledge. Carnoy2 contends that globalization increases the demand for education and since knowledge is the product of education, knowledge is therefore fundamental to globalization. This assertion supports the fact that institutions of higher education have a responsibility to export knowledge outside the geographic boundaries for the benefit of the global community.

In recent years, institutions of higher education, especially in developed countries, are also engaging in globalization by connecting with sister institutions in developing opportunities so as to exchange ideas, explore research opportunities so as to empower graduates to compete globally. It is believed that knowledge development and commercialization of knowledge should

Olaleye, J., & Abiodun, E., & Olusina, J., & Derby, F. (2010, June), A Comparative Study Of Land Surveying Education At The University Of Lagos And The Pennsylvania State University Paper presented at 2010 Annual Conference & Exposition, Louisville, Kentucky. 10.18260/1-2--16302

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