Ivette Tamez

Helina's story

I believe that advanced and affordable geospatial solutions can cater for these solutions.

My name is Helina, and I am from Nepal. Currently, I am in my first year at the Faculty ITC pursuing a Master of Science in Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation with a specialization in Geoinformation Management for Land Administration.

My journey

My journey to this esteemed institution was driven by the desire to expand my knowledge and expertise in using Geo-Information tools and techniques to support Land Administration. I have an undergraduate degree in Geomatics Engineering from Kathmandu University, Nepal, and I have worked for over nine years in the country’s national mapping agency—Survey Department. To strengthen my professional background, I have always wanted to pursue an international postgraduate degree in geo-information, and the excellent recommendations from ITC alumni in Nepal who are leading the geospatial sector paved my journey to Faculty ITC. I was inspired even more by learning about Faculty ITC’s standards for academic excellence in the geospatial field, the environment of international exposure and cultural diversity.

Experience working with Land Administration in Nepal 

The Land Administration sector in developing countries faces numerous challenges when attempting to integrate the social, legal, and technical facets. My personal experience working with Land Administration in Nepal made me realize the significance, the dynamics, and the challenges in Land Administration. I believe that advanced and affordable geospatial solutions can cater for these solutions. The research and innovations going on at ITC in this regard are globally recognized, and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to be here at the institution.


My journey would never have been possible without the support of scholarship programs here. I am immensely grateful for the support by the ITC Excellence Scholarship, co-funded by The Netherlands’ Cadastre (The Netherlands’ Cadastre, Land Registry and Mapping Agency – in short Kadaster – collects and registers administrative and spatial data on property and the rights involved), which have facilitated my two-year study program. I am dedicated to meet the expectations of the scholarship programs and the institution itself. I must admit that my journey till date has been challenging and anticipate it to be so in the upcoming year, but ultimately, I believe the academic rigor will shape my passion and develop my professional skills. With the knowledge and skills, I acquire here, I am confident in my ability to make substantial contributions to my home country upon my return.

To sum up, I have had an excellent experience so far at the University and look forward to an even more exciting year ahead.