Riccardo SALVINI - Italy
Professional Master course Geoinformatics (1997-1998)
“Studying and living abroad was an excellent experience, providing the opportunity to get to know other cultures and make good relations that will last for the rest of my life.”
I had gained my MSc in Geological Survey in Italy and, via a European Union project, I was starting my PhD studies in Engineering Geology on the subject of land use− land cover changes in the Pantanal area of Brazil. It was this that drove me into the field of geo-information science.
At ITC in 1998 I was awarded the Professional Master degree in Geoinformatics, with specialization in Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, with distinction. My experience in Enschede was extraordinary because I entered the world of geo-information science, a world I found to be very important and up to date in comparison with my previous academic know-how.
After the ITC experience I finalized my PhD studies and, thanks also to the competences acquired at ITC, my temporary position in 2004 became a permanent one. I immediately started teaching in courses focused on remote sensing and digital photogrammetry applied to geological mapping, land management, engineering geology and slope stability analyses.
Now I am a researcher with a tenured position at the University of Siena, where I am involved in or responsible for national and international projects concerning geoinformatics applied to geological investigations in Italy, Turkey, Brazil, Libya, Egypt and Ethiopia.
Thanks to the ITC experience, I have been an enthusiastic supervisor of BSc, MSc and PhD theses on geological sciences, geotechnologies and engineering geology. Studying and living abroad was an excellent experience, providing the opportunity to get to know other cultures and make good relations that will last for the rest of my life.
I consider ITC to be one of the best places to study Geoinformatics, and in recent years I have had the opportunity to recommend it to three colleagues and three of my students, enabling them to develop their scientific knowledge and to benefit from an important life experience.