EDUCATION OF VALUERS - GOALS TO BE REACHED IN FIG
Prof. Kauko VIITANEN, Finland
Key words: Education, Valuation, Real Estate,
Surveying, Land Management.
A joint Commission 2 and 9 Working Group titled "Education
of Valuers" chaired by Professor Kauko Viitanen, Finland
was established in Prague in May 2000. The goal is to create a network
and a forum for education on valuation in FIG. The education will be
based on the achievements of Commission 2 in continuous professional
development and management. It will be realised by computer assisted
The idea for the program is as follows:
Education on valuation will be offered through
the FIG information network to those who need it. It will be an
integrated virtual learning environment with the principle
"Let the education move, not the people".
A system of gradual development will be planned to improve the
knowledge on valuation. There is need to determine e.g. the
- A databank on the FIG web site
A package of education on valuation will be created and offered on
the FIG web site. The developing countries and countries in
transition will intentionally be selected as the target group.
- Co-operation in education / a network for supporting the contact
A network of people from universities, valuation associations etc.
should be created in order to get support to solve and discuss
Specific projects in the Working Group:
- To establish an Internet forum for discussion of the education
- To collect information and determine terminology, basic theories
and basic methodology on valuation;
- To create a valuation educational package especially in
co-operation with the Commission 2 working group 2.2 (Virtual
- To establish contacts between universities, valuers’
associations also outside FIG;
- To set up a home page with an educational package of valuation
with hyperlinks to Web sites for distance learning.
Those interested in the Working Group should
contact the chair. The work of the WG will start in Seoul. The working
method will mainly consist of virtual workshops and information
delivery via the Internet. Interim reports will be given at FIG
working weeks and congresses 2001, 2002 and 2004. The final report
will be given at the FIG Congress in Munich in 2006. Beneficiaries
of the project will be distance learning students, individual
surveyors, civil servants, politicians, landowners, employers,
universities and university teachers.
Professor Kauko Viitanen, Ph.D.
Professor in Real Estate Economics and Valuation
Helsinki University of Technology
Institute of Real Estate Studies
P.O. Box 1200
Tel. + 358 9 451 3870
Fax + 358 9 465 077
24 March 2001
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