Testimonials

PARAS SIDIQUI FROM PAKISTAN

PROGRAMME: Geoinformatics (2010)

“As for prospective students thinking about studying at ITC, I would like to advise them to go for it, as ITC is the best place in the world for studies in remote sensing and GIS.” 

Before iTC

After my MSc in Physics, I joined SUPARCO in Pakistan as a researcher in the Earth Observation Directorate. I found remote sensing and its applications interesting, and it drew me into the field of geo-information science and earth observation.

MY EXPERIENCE AT ITC

My experience at ITC was wonderful! Sometimes I wish I could go back there and do my PhD. It would be like a dream come true. I liked everything about ITC − the staff, the students, the teachers, everybody. Being a small-town girl from Pakistan, I never felt away from home. I learnt a lot and the hospitality of the Dutch people … everything … is beyond words.

During my study, I got the opportunity to study/work on research topics such as web mapping services, 3D digitization, object-based classifications and LiDAR data analysis. After doing my master’s at ITC, I came back to Pakistan and rejoined SUPARCO. During my work at SUPARCO, I was part of a few projects, for example, Flood Plains Mapping along the Indus River, in cooperation with SUPARCO and JAXA; Glaciers Monitoring and Mapping for Northern Pakistan, in cooperation with SUPARCO and JAXA; Mapping Cloud Cover, Humidity, Precipitation and Surface Temperature for Selected Cities of Pakistan for National Environmental Information Management System (NEIMS), UNDP; and Fisheries Resource Appraisal Programme, in cooperation with MFD and FAO − to mention only a few.

Future Plans

It is my desire to pursue doctoral studies in the same field. I really wish I could get the chance to study at ITC again for my PhD. I really miss ITC a lot and would like to advise current students to enjoy their time at ITC to the full. As for prospective students thinking about studying at ITC, I would like to advise them to go for it, as ITC is the best place in the world for studies in remote sensing and GIS.