The department is primarily involved in the process of developing human resources adept in the holistic management of land resources. Papua New Guinea is endowed with enormous land resources (vis-à-vis population); which are grossly under-utilized. Here is the relevance of the department that produces the entire gamut of land professionals – starting from the discipline of ‘Surveying’, Geographical Information Science / Systems to the property management /valuations experts.
The human resources developed in the department have a wide exposure to the state of the art technology (e.g. recent developments in the field of Remote Sensing, GIS, GPS, use of latest Total Stations and allied implements of the digital era) in their respective disciplines. The application of technology is emphasized, as is the role of the professionals in the development of PNG. The Department has been producing graduates for about four decades and many graduates occupy senior positions in Government and the private sector in PNG and the Pacific Region.
The courses of the Department are specific but considerable overlapping of discipline areas is encouraged with the aim of producing broader based graduates. The Department has recently created a state-of-the-art Remote Sensing lab with adequate hardware and software support, juxtaposed to the aumented Spatial Data Infrastructure lab. Also the Department has good existing facilities including a comprehensive digital mapping, geographic information systems and remote sensing laboratory, state of the art global positioning systems technology and software, a spatial information science/cartographic processing laboratory and automated surveying systems in addition to the traditional surveying and mapping facilities.
Course Details and Scheduling
The program ‘Master of Science in Remote Sensing and Geographic Information System (M. Sc in RS & GIS)’ to be offered in DISTANCE MODE shall have four semesters with the session starting from
November and end in November. The direct contact is proposed to be in the month of November-December compulsorily while depending upon the situation another session of contact can be given in the month of June. The entire study modules, lectures, examinations, etc. shall be conducted exclusively from the department of Surveying and Land Studies.