INES-Ruhengeri lecture DUKUZEMARIYA Tharcille attended the 4th FIG young surveyors’ conference and into VXXI FIG congress 2018 held in Istanbul, Turkey on 5 to 6 May 2018.
“During this conference, I have got a chance to understand perfectly FIG and young surveyor network and understood the importance of being in this network for a young surveyor and for national associations of surveyors.” Said Tharcille
According to John Hohol, the president of FIG foundation: Surveying world is in critical time where the global average age of a surveyor is 54 years, this is the reason why FIG foundation supports young surveyors as they are the future survivability of the surveying profession. FIG YSN was created in 2006 during FIG Congress in Munich as a working group and changed into network in 2009 in Israel, have objectives to increase the number of young surveyors participating in FIG, and to help them in the beginning of their career with contacts and mentorship. FIG YSN organizes various events like meetings, workshops, conferences and trainings in order to achieve its objectives.
“During these two days of interactive sessions, we learnt current advancement and use of technology in the geospatial profession from presenters’ experience. Classical role of surveyors has changed recently due to the advancement in technology. Though the need for surveyors of today to ensure no gap between our geospatial profession and the need of our customers. Being young surveyors from different cultures, having different academic qualifications and holding different professional experiences, we discussed current technological changes and shared how to create an informed future society.” She said
By sharing professional experience, DUKUZEMARIYA Tharcille had an opportunity to share with young surveyors the Rwandan experience of 2008 to 2013 to create a working cadaster to support investment and resolve boundary conflicts, whereby Geographers played the role of surveyors in land tenure regularization process due to the lack of local academically qualified surveyors. This knowledge gap was however filled in 2010 by Institut d’Enseignement Supérieur de RUHENGERI (INESRUHENGERI), through the launch of Land survey department.