About ITC

space for global development

ITC is the University of Twente’s Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation.

Our mission is to develop capacity, particularly in less developed countries, and to utilize geospatial solutions to deal with national and global problems.

Our vision is that spatial solutions will play an increasingly important role in meeting many of mankind’s complex challenges (often wicked problems), such as climate change, population growth, and related claims for sufficient and secure food, water, energy, health, land and housing provision.

Therefore, our goal is to enhance our standing as an internationally recognized knowledge hub in the spatial domain, renowned for its collaborative educational and research activities, particularly in the global South.

Capacity development

For ITC, capacity development implies building capacity in domain-specific knowledge, skills and attitude at the individual and institutional/societal levels. ITC therefore aims to achieve both individual and collaborative capacity building. This development reflects what happens in modern societies with a strong private sector. Individual capacity development aims will be addressed through education.

Research

ITC is an internationally recognized leading research entity in geospatial sciences, with an emphasis on geo-information science and earth observation. We focus on fundamental and problem-solving research, with an eye to those complex global challenges where spatial information can make a real difference.

Education

We equip our students to tackle one of mankind’s greatest challenges: balancing the development of natural resources with the preservation of our earth by providing geo-information and geo-information management tools. Our students will learn to take a multidisciplinary approach to problem solving, benefiting from the University of Twente’s pioneering position in an exciting new field of research: the interaction between new technologies and society. Master’s students at ITC, will be encouraged and trained to break through existing academic boundaries. Study with us and become a savvy, internationally confident professional, capable of developing new knowledge and translating it into practical solutions for real-world problems.

ITC’s combination of geo-information science and remote sensing in postgraduate education offered in differnet domains is unique in the world.