CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT AND EDUCATION OUTREACH IN GEOINFORMATICS AND LAND MANAGEMENT: A CASE OF DEPARTMENT OF GEOMATICS ENGINEERING, KATHMANDU UNIVERSITY
The capacity development and education outreach in Geoinformatics and Land management is very important for the development of any country. The aim of this paper is to highlight the existing capacity development and education outreach in Geoinformatics and Land Management at Department of Geomatics Engineering and draws attention of all national and international geospatial community for their contributions to promote capacity development and education outreach in Geoinformatics and Land Management sectors in Nepal. The desk study has been carried out for the study by reviewing literature and using secondary data sources. This study analyzes an aspects , challenges and opportunities in collaborative efforts made by Kathmandu University and Land Management Training Center to become a center of excellence in these sectors. The study reveals that “To make Geoinformatics and Land Administration, a leader course in Nepal and also within the region”, Kathmandu University has to overcome various challenges. Some challenges may be addressed in the national level but some require collaborations and cooperation from international geospatial community. The result indicates that the capacity development and education outreach in Geoinformatics and Land Management sector helps to develop quality geospatial professionals which in turn may incorporate the entire South Asia region as a potential Geospatial and Land Management market. Finally, Kathmandu University, Department of Geomatics Engineering is committed to develop a centre of excellence in Geoinformation and Land management sector by providing quality education, research and development.