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Be prepared for a great career

with a degree in Geo-information Science and Earth Observation

An MSc degree in Geo-information Science and Earth Observation will enable you to put your skills and expertise to excellent use, opening up exciting and challenging career perspectives.

Geo-information is a rapidly growing industry worldwide. Geographical information systems (GIS) and remote sensing tools can be used for solving real-world problems and complex issues in areas such as healthcare, food security, climate change, water management, urban planning, security and land scarcity. The potential uses of geo-information are almost endless – and many of them have already slipped into even the simplest everyday activities, such as checking Google Earth, rating a local restaurant on your mobile phone or posting a location-based photo on Facebook.

Skilled professionals in high demand

Formerly, geo-information and GIS techniques were mainly used by governments, ministries, research institutes, provinces and municipalities. In recent years, however, they have spread throughout society, gaining a place in almost every organization using spatial information − from public service corporations and telecommunications companies to water authorities and retailers. Experts who can effectively manage the information and opportunities provided by these new developments are in high demand – skilled professionals with a drive to use the latest technologies for making the world a better place.


From professor to student to change leader

When Derrick M. Denis of Allahabad, India, first sat down in an ITC lecture hall in the Dutch city of Enschede, he had some adjustments to make. Later, he became an agent for change himself.

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Urban developer with a heart for people

Bolatito Dayo-Bababtunde manages land use and urban development in Nigeria’s capital city. Studying at ITC was a major step in managing her own development as a female professional.

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Influencer with a broad horizon

When it comes to the management of Nepal’s natural resources, Forestry and Climate Change Expert K.C. Bhawana is an influencer with a wide reach. Her studies at ITC intensified her impact.

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Using data to rescue kids from HIV/AIDS

Mosa Moseme’s decision to follow her dream of further education changed her life – and many other people’s lives, too. She uses her knowledge and skills to battle HIV/AIDS.

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Managing land in a sustainable way

Shanti Basnet obtained a Master’s degree in Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation for Land Administration at ITC. She now helps Nepal’s government manage land in a sustainable way.

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ITC Graduate School

On completion of your Master of Science programme, you can opt for a career in research. Junior researchers studying for a PhD degree at the faculty ITC are registered in the ITC Graduate School. Each graduate student carries out a PhD project embedded in one of the themes of the research programme under the supervision of one or more ITC professors. There are around 150 graduate students at ITC. Most graduate students are full-time PhD students aiming to gain their PhD degree. Depending upon the fellowship, full-time PhD students have between three and four years to complete their thesis. ITC also hosts so-called ‘sandwich PhD students’, who spend a considerable time carrying out research in their home countries.

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