The NVAO (Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders) has granted the accreditation for ITC’s new master's programme Spatial Engineering. Now, all lights are green for a start of the new programme in September 2018.
The Spatial Engineering Master’s programme is unique in the Netherlands and closely follows demand from the business sector. ITC, in collaboration with a field committee, recently conducted research into market demand for the programme. Both the national and international business sectors clearly expressed their wish for highly skilled technicians who are also able to contribute social and socio-economic knowledge.
Major multi-level spatial problems, also known as wicked problems, require multidisciplinary solutions and broad thinking. The master's programme Spatial Engineering prepares students to address these problems by combining technical and socio-economic knowledge with a strong basis of spatial data analysis and modelling. Think, for example, of the distribution of limited natural resources, of water, energy or food security, of catastrophic consequences of natural and man-made disasters, or of the unplanned development of mega cities.
David E Goldberg, Professor Emeritus Entrepreneurial Engineering department of Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering (IESE), University of Illinois (USA): "It is a daring Master's Programme. It promises to deliver the ITC style reflective engineering practitioner of the future who can integrate technical engineering, spatial information systems, and planning and governance knowledge and knowhow in the real-world of wickedly complex problems we increasingly face."