Be prepared for a great career, with a degree in Geo-information Science and Earth Observation.
An MSc degree in Geo-information Science and Earth Observation will enable you to put your skills and expertise to excellent use, opening up exciting and challenging career perspectives.
Geo-information is a rapidly growing industry worldwide. Geographical information systems (GIS) and remote sensing tools can be used for solving real-world problems and complex issues in areas such as healthcare, food security, climate change, water management, urban planning, security and land scarcity. The potential uses of geo-information are almost endless – and many of them have already slipped into even the simplest everyday activities, such as checking Google Earth, rating a local restaurant on your mobile phone or posting a location-based photo on Facebook.
Formerly, geo-information and GIS techniques were mainly used by governments, ministries, research institutes, provinces and municipalities. In recent years, however, they have spread throughout society, gaining a place in almost every organization using spatial information − from public service corporations and telecommunications companies to water authorities and retailers. Experts who can effectively manage the information and opportunities provided by these new developments are in high demand – skilled professionals with a drive to use the latest technologies for making the world a better place.
One of mankind’s greatest challenges is to achieve a healthy balance between harnessing natural resources and maintaining an optimal natural environment. At the University of Twente’s Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation, ITC, our goal is to equip individuals from all over the world for tackling this challenge. Our students, though from widely differing backgrounds, have two things in common: academic excellence and a drive to create change in their world.
Here, we present five of these change agents, each of whom has completed a Master’s programme at ITC.
On completion of your Master of Science programme, you can opt for a career in research. Junior researchers studying for a PhD degree at the faculty ITC are registered in the ITC Graduate School. Each graduate student carries out a PhD project embedded in one of the themes of the research programme under the supervision of one or more ITC professors. There are around 150 graduate students at ITC. Most graduate students are full-time PhD students aiming to gain their PhD degree. Depending upon the fellowship, full-time PhD students have between three and four years to complete their thesis. ITC also hosts so-called ‘sandwich PhD students’, who spend a considerable time carrying out research in their home countries.