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Geo-information Science and Natural Resource Management with KNUST, Ghana

Partnership with Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana

In many African countries, the desire to meet the livelihood needs of people has led to unsound exploitation and management of natural resources. The ensuing environmental problems are numerous and commonly known: deforestation, land degradation, depletion of resources and pollution. Climate change and its direct causes, previously mostly a concern of industrialized countries, is now showing its effects world-wide and African countries are not exempted. To mitigate environmental problems, improved natural resource management is a major task, confronting planners and decision makers at all levels. This requires a good understanding of the complex factors involved as well as sound knowledge of the international environmental agenda.

Are you a mid-career professional and national of -and living and working in one of the countries listed here? You might consider applying for a scholarship from the Orange Knowledge Programme (former NFP).  

Career perspective

In recent years there is an increased understanding of the importance of spatial information and its application to support decision-making in natural resources management in Ghana and other regions of Africa. Many organizations at national, regional and district levels are in need of staff with sound knowledge of natural resource management (NRM) in the national and international context, who are capable of providing technical expertise in the application of geo-information tools.

To develop the critical mass with this expertise, the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi, Ghana, and the Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) of the University of Twente in Enschede, the Netherlands, have jointly developed an MSc degree course which combines sustainable management of natural resources with geo-information and earth observation tools.

Course content

The hub of the course is the application of geo-information and earth observation techniques in support of natural resources management. The course provides participants with knowledge and skills needed for the collection, interpretation and management of spatial information, using remote sensing and geographic information systems, to support planning and decision-making processes in natural resources management. The curriculum concentrates on methods for assessing the state of the resource base and the changes that occur, and progresses to the assessment of impacts and, finally, societal response.

The course is structured in three parts, each comprising of several modules of three weeks. The first two parts consist of course work, taught partly in a multi-disciplinary fashion, followed by tasks which are focused on a particular application domain such as forestry, agriculture, environmental protection and wildlife management. Students can choose tasks in one or more application areas, depending on their interest and background. This approach allows students to develop their own profile against the broad background of NRM. In the third block participants carry out their individual MSc research work in a specific field.

Period and location


September - April


Principles and skills in GIS and remote issues in Ghana and the region, GIS and remote sensing applications for environmental management

April - August


Join other international students in Enschede for advanced course work in the application domain, research skills and methods, and proposal writing

September - March


Conduct research: fieldwork and secondary data collection, data processing, analysis and thesis writing and defence

About your diploma

Upon successful completion of this programme you are entitled to the degree Master of Science. You will receive an (Academic Education) Diploma in Geo-information Science and Earth Observation from the University of Twente.

Along with your diploma you will receive a Diploma Supplement, providing the name of the specialization, the description of the nature, level, context, and status of the study completed.

Admission requirements


Applicants for the Master’s Programme Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (MSc) should have a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a recognized university in a discipline related to the course*, preferably combined with working experience in a relevant field.

The following average scores apply to the Master’s programme:

  • A 3.0 or higher Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) on a 4.0 scale, or
  • Upper Second Class standing or higher 

NOTE: a Lower Second Class standing may be accepted based on evidence of relevant professional experience and/or other further academic development.


The faculty accepts transcripts, degrees, and diplomas in the following languages: Dutch, English, German, French, and Spanish. It is at the discretion of the faculty to require additional English translations of all documents in other languages as well.


  • British Council / IELTS 6.0 (with a minimum sub-score of 6.0 for speaking and writing)
  • TOEFL Paper-based Test (PBT) 550
  • TOEFL: Internet-based 80 (with a minimum sub-score of 20 for speaking)
  • Cambridge C2 Proficiency / C1 Advanced

If you are a national of one of the countries in this list (PDF), you are exempted from an English language test. Please note the requirements when applying for fellowships may vary according to the regulations of the fellowship provider. 


Participants are expected to be familiar with the basic computer skills. Basic knowledge of and skills in working with GIS and/or remotely sensed data is strongly recommended.

Notebook requirements

When you study in an ITC programme with a duration of nine months or longer (MSc, Master and Diploma programmes), you should have a notebook computer that meets ITC's notebook requirements.

If you do not own a notebook that meets the minimum requirements you could consider buying one through our Notebook Project. The Notebook Project offers discounted notebooks that meet our standards and have the peripherals needed to connect to the ITC networks.

More information 

If you have any questions about this programme please contact us. We will get back to you as soon as possible

Louise van Leeuwen
Faculty ITC
Louis Addae-Wireko (MSc)
Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology

Key information

Geo-information Science and Natural Resource Management, with Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana
22 months
Full-time (no part-time programs possible)
100% English taught
Starting date
2 September 2019
End date
2 July 2021
, Ghana
Tuition fees
2019 / 2020
full-time, institutional
€ 10.072