VDV position to bachelor- and master degrees
Verband Deutscher Vermessungsingenieure e.V. (VDV)
(Association for German Engineers for Surveying)

The education for engineers has to impart qualifications which correspond with the needs of the profession in future. The economical and technical circumstances for engineers have to be taken into consideration. VDV recognizes the chances in future to reach quality, transparency and comparison within the new courses of studies along the Bologna-process. VDV also sees the upcoming problems in the times of change from the conventional to the new grades and which are leading people to feel insecure. As there are: insecure acceptance of the new grades by the job market, unclear designation of education and grade as well as percental restricted accreditation for consecutive master degree courses.

The VDV therefore demands:

•Equal treatments of all kinds of universities along the accreditation of bachelor and master degree courses as well as along the application for an employment by the public service
•A guarantee of minimum standards of the bachelor grades, qualifying for the profession
•After passed bachelor degree, the accreditation for the consecutive master degree course, only following quality criteria
•The adjusted approach of the federal states by the amendments of the laws for chambers, concerning the possibility to become member of the chamber by bachelor and master graduates
•Master graduates to become entry to senior administration positions in public service

The VDV is strongly against allocation and keeping “bachelor-professional” title beyond university education.


The Malta Institution of Surveyors (MIoS), together with the Malta Association for Geographical Information (MAGI) and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors – Malta (RICS Malta) are organising an INSPIRE Seminar on the EU Directive

The INSPIRE directive aims to bring together data and services through a Spatial Data Infrastructure. INSPIRE will impact the Geographic Information (GI) industry at all levels in all of the European Community. INSPIRE will affect everybody producing, using and sharing spatial data in Malta and Europe.

This one day event is intended to raise awareness of the Directive within the Maltese geographic information community. This will be the first public event that will engage all the Maltese stakeholders, providing a platform that will raise awareness of how implementation of the directive will impact and develop the GI industry.

The seminar will be held on 4th October 2007 at the Westin Dragonara Hotel Complex and will feature speakers from various European and Maltese bodies. Confirmed speakers at the event include MEP Mrs Frieda Brepoels, Mr Nick Land from Eurogeographics, Mr Henning Elmstrom from the Council of European Geodetic Surveyors, and a speaker (TBC) from the Joint Research Centre. Speakers from Maltese Parliament and the Maltese Legal Mandated Body responsible for implementing the Directive are also invited.

Register your interest in this seminar by sending an e-mail to this e-mail address –
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First General Meeting and Workshop of 2007 was held in Czech Republic - Prague, 29th and 30th June 2007


Second General Meeting and Workshop of 2007 was held in Istanbul Turkey in 23rd and 24th November 2007. The both event were held in Divan Hotel Istanbul. www.divan.com.tr