USTP CDO opens Geodetic Engineering program, Only SUC to offer BS-GE in Northern Mindanao

Starting SY 2020-2021, USTP offers Bachelor of Science in Geodetic Engineering (BS-GE) in its Cagayan de Oro campus. USTP is the only university offering this four-year course in Northern Mindanao.

Geodetic Engineering deals with the collection and measurement of spatial data using technologies and instruments. This program prepares future geodetic engineers to process and manage geographical data to produce maps, plans, charts, and other spatial information systems.

According to the Bureau of Local Employment (BLE) JobsFit Labor Market Information (LMI) Report for 2013-2020, Geodetic Engineering falls under the top twenty list of in-demand and hard-to-fill occupations. Currently, the construction industry in the Philippines is experiencing an enormous growth. This calls for the need for more skilled geodetic engineers and land surveyors.

In 2018, the Regional Development Council (RDC) Region 10 endorsed the request of the Geodetic Engineers of the Philippines (GEP) – Regional Division 10, Inc. for USTP to offer BS in Geodetic Engineering, being the only S&T university in the Philippines chartered to provide a link between education and industry. It was approved on March 12, 2020.

With 178 units, the program will expose students to courses like Land Administration and Management, Cartography, Public Land Laws and Laws on Natural Resources, Photogrammetry, and more. Students will have to undergo a Survey Camp in their third year, and Geodetic Engineering Immersion as their final requirement in the fourth year.

As of July 3, 2020, sixteen students have already enrolled under the new program. The College of Engineering and Architecture (CEA) expects one section to be filled at the start of the first semester.

“The demand for Geodetic Engineering works nowadays is very high. In the recent Build, Build, Build program of President Duterte, our Geodetic Engineers’ role in the progress of our country is vital. With the latest technological tools, surveying becomes faster and more accurate,” said Dr. Leonel L. Pabilona, Dean, College of Engineering and Architecture. “With the strong support of the Geodetic Engineers of the Philippines organization and DENR-R10, we should be able to produce very competitive Geodetic Engineers in USTP.”

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