‘You have come to the right place’, was the message of Minister Lilianne Ploumen (Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation) towards the new students of ITC. The Minister opened the Academic Programme on October 1, and praised the role ITC plays worldwide.
With two examples, Minister Ploumen illustrated the impact of ITC’s work: a recent UN meeting she joined, about responsible land use planning and secondly, her contacts in Indonesia about new opportunities for geothermical energy. In both cases, the ITC faculty for geo-information science and earth observation plays an important role in research, education and public private partnerships. For Minister Ploumen this was reason enough to address the ITC ‘freshmen’, coming from all over the world with the words: “You’ve made the right choice, because it happens here, in Twente!”