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An anniversary is naturally an occasion for celebration and 70 years is a respectable age in anyone’s book. But what are we actually celebrating? Simply a date on a calendar or is there more? Snooping through the ITC archives, we have selected some high lights that chart the history of the Institute since its foundation. Many of these will stir up memories in our alumni, partners and associates ‒ who together form ITC’s extensive, and extending, global network ‒ and enable them to identify their own niche in the scheme of things. But as we walk along the milestones marking our path, one thing is clear: the foresight and energy that characterised the early years of the Institute is still very much with us today. So, yes, we do have a great deal to celebrate as we consider our journey so far, but equally important we can celebrate the fact that thanks to the sound foundations laid and consolidated over the past 70 years we are able to face the future with optimism and confidence. History is still being written!.

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2020
Dec 20
Rector 2020 -

Prof. Dr. F. D. van der Meer

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Dec 20
2017
Sep 17
Schermerhorn Lecture 2017

Prof. dr. Gerard van der Steenhoven, Director General of the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI), The Netherlands

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Sep 17
2016
Sep 16
Schermerhorn Lecture 2016

Daniel E. Irwin, Director of SERVIR (NASA)

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Sep 16
2015
Sep 15
Schermerhorn Lecture 2015

Hon Dr Wilbur Ottichilo, Member of Parliament Emuhaya Constituency, Kenya

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Sep 15
2014
Sep 14
Schermerhorn Lecture 2014

Dr Jane Bermigisha, CEO ESIPPS international

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Sep 14
2013
Sep 13
Schermerhorn Lecture 2013

Barbara J Ryan, Director Group on Earth observations (GEO) Switzerland)

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Sep 13
2012
Sep 12
Schermerhorn Lecture 2012

Dr Jennifer Dungan, NASA Ames Research Centre USA

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Sep 12
2011
Sep 11
Schermerhorn Lecture 2011

Dr Robert Gilmore Pontius Jr, Professor of Geography, Clark University Worcester USA

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Sep 11
2010
Dec 10
Rector 2010 - 2019

Prof. Dr. Ir. A. Veldkamp

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Dec 10
Sep 10
Schermerhorn Lecture 2010

Prof Michael F. Goodchild, University of California

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Sep 10
May 10
Visit of the Malaysian Minister

The Honorable Dato Sri Douglas Uggah Embas, Minister of National Resources and Environment of Malaysia 

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May 10
2009
Dec 09
Royal Decoration

Martien Molenaar Receives Royal Decoration

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Dec 09
Dec 09
Institute Name

Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation, University of Twente (ITC)

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Dec 09
Dec 09
Sixth Faculty of University of Twente

ITC Mace is handed to Executive Board UT

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Dec 09
Sep 09
MoU Vietnam

Faculty ITC,  Hanoi University of Mining and Geology (HUMG) and Hanoi University of Science (HUS) sign MoU’s

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Sep 09
Sep 09
Schermerhorn Lecture 2009

Professor Reiner Rummel, Institute for Astronomical and Physical Geodesy, Technical University of Munich

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Sep 09
2008
Oct 08
Honorary Fellow

Dr G. Câmara , Brazil (2008)

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Oct 08
Sep 08
Schermerhorn Lecture 2008

Dr Gilberto Câmara, Director General National institute for Space Research (INPE) Brazil

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Sep 08
Jul 08
ITC Alumni

ITC Alumni Association in Nepal

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Jul 08
Mar 08
Official agreement University of Twente

The University of Twente and ITC signed the official agreement for integration

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Mar 08
2007
Sep 07
Schermerhorn Lecture 2007

Prof Salomon Kroonenberg , Delft University of Technology

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Sep 07
2006
Sep 06
Schermerhorn Lecture 2006

Dr José Achache, Director of the GEO secretariat
 

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Sep 06
2005
Oct 05
Graduation JEP India

 First graduation ceremony of the joint ITC-IIRS course

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Oct 05
Sep 05
Schermerhorn Lecture 2005

Dr. C. Augustinus, Chief, Land and Tenure Section, Global Division, UN-HABITAT, Nairobi

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Kenya

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Sep 05
Jun 05
United Nations University

ITC appointed Associated Institution of the United National University (UNU)

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Jun 05
2004
Nov 04
Graduation JEP China

First graduates of the joint ITC-Wuhan University MSc course

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Nov 04
Oct 04
Honorary Fellow

Dr. J. Dangermond, USA (2004)

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Oct 04
Sep 04
Schermerhorn Lecture 2004

Dr. J. Dangermond, President of the Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI)

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Sep 04
Sep 04
New MSc course

MSc programme Geo-information Science and Earth Observation for Environmental Modelling and Management  (GEM)    

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Sep 04
2003
Oct 03
New Master Course

Geographical Information Management and Applications (GIMA)

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Oct 03
Jun 03
Alumni Interaction System

A system for maintaining and strengthening relations between alumni

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Jun 03
Apr 03
ITC Mace from Nigeria

ITC Alumnus Dr Jide Kufoniyi gives ITC a mace made in Nigeria

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Apr 03
2002
Oct 02
Honorary Fellow

Prof.Dr.Ir. K.J. Beek, the Netherlands (2002)

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Oct 02
Sep 02
NVAO accreditation

Accreditation of the MSc and Master degrees

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Sep 02
Sep 02
Minor at University of Twente

Start of the Geodata Processing and Spatial Information minor for the Bachelor course at the University of Twente

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Sep 02
Jun 02
Royal Visit once again

HRH Prince Willem Alexander of the Netherlands

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Jun 02
2001
Dec 01
ITC and University of Twente sign agreement

University of Twente becomes Legal 'Custodian' of ITC

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Dec 01
Dec 01
Institute Name

International Institute for Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC)

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Dec 01
Dec 01
Rector 2001 - 2009

Prof. Dr. Ir. M. Molenaar

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Dec 01
Sep 01
First Klaas Jan Beek Award

Mr Walid Belal (Egypt)

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Sep 01
May 01
Joint Education Programmes

Implementation of Decentralised Educational Programmes

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May 01
Apr 01
New Research programme

ITC developed a new research programme 

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Apr 01
2000
Nov 00
From Delft to Enschede

Move of the departments of Mineral Exploration and Exploration Geophysics from Delft to Enschede

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Nov 00
Oct 00
Honorary Fellow

Eng.M.M. Ibrahim, MSc, Egypt (2000)

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Oct 00
Oct 00
Honorary Fellow

Prof.Dr. J.A. van Ginkel, the Netherlands (2000)

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Oct 00
Oct 00
Honorary Fellow

Dr. D.P. Rao, India (2000)

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Oct 00
Sep 00
Publication of two textbooks

Two textbooks on GIS and remote sensing

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Sep 00
Jul 00
ISPRS Conference Amsterdam

19th ISPRS congress in Amsterdam

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Jul 00
1999
Dec 99
ITC News Magazine

ITC News launched, a publication to be sent to all alumni and organisations affiliated with ITC

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Dec 99
Oct 99
Visit of HRH Princess Margriet

Visit of HRH Princess Margriet to mark the joint venture initiated between ITC and PCI

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Oct 99
Sep 99
Workshop UNOOSA

“Space: An Integral Part of Sustainable Development”  

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Sep 99
1998
May 98
EARSel Symposium

In May the 18th Annual Symposium of EARSEL was held at ITC.

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May 98
Apr 98
Founding AGILE

First meeting of the founding members of the Association of Geographic Information Laboratories for Europe (AGILE) at ITC

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Apr 98
1997
Dec 97
Rector 1997- 2000

Prof. Dr. Ir. K. Harmsen

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Dec 97
Sep 97
New Organisation of Education

Change in organisation of educational activities: all courses, except the diploma course, to start in September each year

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Sep 97
Aug 97
Scientific Congress at ITC

ISSS - ITC conference on geo-information for sustainable land management : Enschede, ITC, 17-21 August 1997

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Aug 97
1996
Oct 96
Honorary Fellow

HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand (1996)

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Oct 96
Sep 96
New ITC building

Opening of new ITC premises in Enschede by HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand

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Sep 96
Sep 96
Inauguration of CLAS

Inauguration of Centre for Aerospace Survey and GIS Applications for Sustainable Natural Resources Development (CLAS)

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Sep 96
Sep 96
Schermerhorn Lecture 1996

Prof.Dr.Ing. G. Konecny, Insitut für Photogrammetrie und Ingenieursvermessungen, Hannover, Germany

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Sep 96
1995
Dec 95
SAIL initiated

SAIL is the umbrella organisation representing the five institutes for international education (IHE, ISS, MSM, IHS and ITC) and Wageningen Agricultural University

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Dec 95
1994
Sep 94
Schermerhorn Lecture 1994

Dr. J.M.M. Ritzen, Minister for Education and Science  

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Sep 94
Jan 94
New logo

Introduction of the new ITC logo

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Jan 94
1993
Oct 93
Honorary Fellow

HRH Prince Claus of the Netherlands (1993)

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Oct 93
Oct 93
Honorary Fellow

Prof.Dr. Shunji Murai, Japan (1993)

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Oct 93
May 93
Long life learning

Initiation of the refresher courses. 

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May 93
Apr 93
International Symposium Operationalization of Remote Sensing

International Symposium Operationalization of Remote Sensing was held at ITC

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Apr 93
1992
Oct 92
Honorary Fellow

Prof.Dr.Ing. F. Ackermann, Germany (1992)

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Oct 92
Sep 92
Schermerhorn Lecture 1992

Dr. A. Ramachandran, Under-Secretary General HABITAT

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Sep 92
1991
Nov 91
Visit of Minister Pronk

Visit of Minister Pronk of Development Cooperation

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Nov 91
Jul 91
10 000th student registered

Mrs E.A. Briones from the Philippines

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Jul 91
1990
Sep 90
Schermerhorn Lecture 1990

Dr. L.J. Brinkhorst, Director General of the Environment, Nuclear Safety and Civil Protection of the European Commission

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Sep 90
Feb 90
First ITC PhD graduation

Dr. Joseph O. Akinyede, Nigeria

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Feb 90
1989
Jan 89
Royal course participant

HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand follows a short course

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Jan 89
1988
Oct 88
Honorary Fellow

Prof. Ning Jinsheng, China (1988)

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Oct 88
Oct 88
Honorary Fellow

Prof.Dr.Ir. J. Rais, Indonesia (1988)

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Oct 88
Sep 88
Introduction of ILWIS

Introduction of ILWIS

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Sep 88
Sep 88
Schermerhorn Lecture 1988

F. Mayor, Director General UNESCO

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Sep 88
1987
Mar 87
Foundation stone ECURSPAM

Laying of the foundation stone for the Education Centre for Urban/Regional Surveying, Planning and Management (ECURSPAM) in Wuhan, China

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Mar 87
Jan 87
First students to conduct PhD research

By 1986 the ITC had invented a scheme wereby ITC PhD students were enrolled pro forma as a graduate student at one of the official universities and formally granted the degree by a resident full professor.

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Jan 87
1986
Oct 86
Honorary Fellow

Prof. P. Misra, India (1986)

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Oct 86
Oct 86
Honorary Fellow

Prof.Dr. F.J. Ormeling, the Netherlands (1986)

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Oct 86
Oct 86
Honorary Fellow

Dr. F.J. Doyle, USA (1986)

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Oct 86
Sep 86
ISPRS Symposium held at ITC

ISPRS Technical Commission VII Symposium held at ITC 

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Sep 86
Sep 86
Schermerhorn Lecture 1986

Drs. W.J. Deetman, Minister for Education and Science, and Drs. P. Bukman, Minister for Development Cooperation

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Sep 86
1985
Dec 85
Institute Name

International Institute for Aerospace Survey and Earth Sciences (ITC)

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Dec 85
Aug 85
Cooperation with Instituto Geografico Agustin Codazzi

Start six year programme of cooperation and support between ITC and Instituto Geografic Agustin Codazzi (IGAC, formerly CIAF)

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Aug 85
1984
Nov 84
Visit of HRH Prince Claus

Visit of HRH Prince Claus

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Nov 84
Sep 84
Schermerhorn Lecture 1984

Dr. E.G. Hallsworth, University of Sussex, UK

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Sep 84
Sep 84
Agreement with Chinese Academy of Science

Agreement with Chinese Academy of Science

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Sep 84
Jul 84
New era in Remote Sensing

The era of Geographical Information Systems

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Jul 84
1983
Jun 83
Visit Minister Schoo

Visit of Minister Schoo of Development Cooperation

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Jun 83
1982
Sep 82
Schermerhorn Lecture 1982

Prof. Yash Pal, Secretary General UN Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space

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Sep 82
1981
Oct 81
Honorary Fellow

Prof.Ir. A.J. van der Weele, the Netherlands (1981)

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Oct 81
Sep 81
Opening Simulator Room

Opening of fully equipped simulator room 

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Sep 81
1980
Dec 80
Rector 1980 - 1996

Prof. Dr. Ir. K.J Beek

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Dec 80
Sep 80
Schermerhorn Lecture 1980

Dr. M.K. Tolba, Executive Director UNEP

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Sep 80
1979
Jun 79
Opening International Soil Museum

Opening International Soil Museum

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Jun 79
1978
Sep 78
Schermerhorn Lecture 1978

Prof.Dr.Ir. A.J. van der Weele, Rector ITC

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Sep 78
1977
Sep 77
Start of the course Application of Remote Sensing Techniques

Start of the course Application of Remote Sensing Techniques, dealing with new techniques in the use of satellite images

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Sep 77
1976
Nov 76
First International Evening

First International Social Evening: a journey around the world, with traditional dances and musical performances by ITC students

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Nov 76
Oct 76
Honorary Fellow

Chief R. Oluwole Coker, Nigeria (1976)

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Oct 76
Oct 76
Honorary Fellow

Ir. Soekiman Atmosoedarjo, Indonesia (1976)

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Oct 76
Oct 76
Honorary Fellow

Col. J.N. Sinha, India (1976)

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Oct 76
Oct 76
Honorary Fellow

Ir. Pranoto Asmoro, Indonesia (1976)

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Oct 76
Oct 76
Honorary Fellow

Dr. A. Gonzales Fletcher, Colombia (1976)

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Oct 76
Sep 76
Schermerhorn Lecture 1976

Dr. A.M. M’Bow, Director General UNESCO

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Sep 76
1975
Sep 75
Schermerhorn Lecture 1975

Drs. J.P. Pronk, Minister for Development Cooperation 

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Sep 75
Sep 75
First course at ITB Indonesia

First courses at the School for Photogrammetric and Cartographic Operators, Bandung, Indonesia 

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Sep 75
Aug 75
New Aeroplane for ITC

New Aeroplane for ITC dubbed "Nadar"

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Aug 75
1973
Dec 73
Inauguration Schermerhorn Hall

Inauguration Schermerhorn Hall

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Dec 73
Nov 73
First ITC journal

First ITC Journal is published

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Nov 73
Sep 73
Schermerhorn Lecture 1973

Dr. A.H. Boerma, Director General FAO

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Sep 73
1972
Sep 72
First course at RECTAS

First course at the Regional Center for Training in Aerial Survey (RECTAS), Ile Ife, Nigeria

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Sep 72
1971
Sep 71
Schermerhorn Lecture 1971

Prof.Dr. J. Tinbergen, President United Nations Development Planning Committee (winner of the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences 1969)

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Sep 71
Mar 71
HRH Prince Clause opens ITC's new premises

Partical moval of the institute from Delft to Enschede. Inauguration of ITC’s new premisis by HRH Prince Claus of the Netherlands

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Mar 71
1969
Oct 69
Honorary Fellow

Prof.Dr.Ir. W. Schermerhorn, the Netherlands (1969)

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Oct 69
Sep 69
Schermerhorn Lecture 1969

Dr. A.J. Pikaar, Former Director General Ministry of Education and Science

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Sep 69
1968
Mar 68
Introduction of the ITC stereo trainer

Introduction of the ITC stereo trainer

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Mar 68
1967
Sep 67
Centro Inter-Americano de fotointerpretacion (CIAF)

First course at the Centro Inter-Americano de fotointerpretacion (CIAF) Colombia

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Sep 67
1966
Dec 66
Institute Name

International Institute for Aerial Survey and Earth Sciences (ITC)

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Dec 66
Nov 66
Alumni Story

1966 - 1970: Prof John van Genderen

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Nov 66
May 66
Private foundation for scientific education

The position of ITC as a private foundation for scientific education is officially recognised in the Dutch education system. 

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May 66
Feb 66
First course at Indian Photointerpretation Institute

Following the agreement between Indian and Dutch governments regarding technical assistance, the first course is held at the Indian Photointerpretation Institute (IPI) in Dehra Dun, India

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Feb 66
1965
Dec 65
Rector 1965 - 1979

Prof. Ir. A.J. van der Weele

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Dec 65
Jun 65
ITC-UNESCO Centre for Integrated Surveys

ITC-UNESCO Centre for Integrated Surveys

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Jun 65
1961
Jan 61
ITC Foundation Fund

Professor Schermerhorn establishes the ITC Foundation Fund, encouraging scientific research in photogrammetry in general and at ITC in particular.  

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Jan 61
1960
May 60
ITC publication Series

First edition of the ITC Publication Series

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May 60
1959
Jan 59
First edition of the International Bibliography of Photogrammetry

First edition of the International Bibliography of Photogrammetry Correspondents published at ITC

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Jan 59
1958
Apr 58
BSc & MSc degrees

ITC was allowed to hand out Bachelor of Science degrees or Master of Science degrees to graduates as of 1958.

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Apr 58
1957
Jul 57
Visit Prime Minister of India

"But even more important is that here people from completely different origins, race, color and religion, are learning to interact in unity, and to work and reside together."  - Pandhit Jawahar Lal Nehru, 1957 -

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Jul 57
1956
Nov 56
Prince Bernhard officially opens the new building

On November 1956, His Royal Highness Prince Bernard of the Netherlands officially opened the new building. The new building not only housed the Centre's training facilities but also contained student accommodation.

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Nov 56
1954
May 54
The first long term project supported by the United Nations

The first long term project,supported by the United Nations, started with the National Cartographic Centre (NCC) of Iran.

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May 54
1953
Mar 53
Founding of OEEPE

ITC participated in the founding of the OEEPE (currently Euro SDR)based at the institute.

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Mar 53
1952
Sep 52
Postgraduate & Technician Diploma

Postgraduate or Technician Diplomas were given to those who graduated. 

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Sep 52
1951
Jan 51
First course starts

First courses of the ITC started in in 1951 and  the – small informal –  organisation used office space in the building of the Geodesy Department of the Techinical University of Delft.

1951 First certificate issued to Mr. L.J. Miranda-Ruiz from Venezuela

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Jan 51
1950
Dec 50
Institute Name

International Training Centre for Aerial Survey (ITC)

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Dec 50
Dec 50
Rector 1950 - 1962

Prof. Dr. Ir. W. Schermerhorn

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Dec 50
Nov 50
ITC Logo

Sculptor Charles Hammes designed the so-called Kronkel for the Institute’s premises. This became the ITC logo and is recognised throughout the world.

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Nov 50
Jul 50
Delft - Kanaalweg, (TU Delft, Geodesy)

The ITC came into existence by passing the charter of foundation on 11th July 1950. By that time there was no building for the new organization. It housed in a part of Geodesy building to the Technical University in Delft. Founder of the ITC – Prof.dr.ir.h.c. Willem Schermerhorn – was professor at the TU Delft and lived in the professor apartment at the Geodesy building.

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Jul 50
Jul 50
Professor Schermerhorn is appointed dean

Professor Schermerhorn is appointed dean of the International Training centre for Aerial Survey.

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Jul 50
1949
Mar 49
Visit to the UN Headquarters

Prof.Dr.Ir. Willem Schermerhorn visits the UN Headquarters in Lake Success to advise on the use of cartography for UN purposes.

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Mar 49