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Responsible Land Administration

Develop and understanding of responsible land administration based on systems of securing land rights, such as land registration and cadaster, in the broader context of land policy and land management. 

The aim this course is twofold. First, it introduces the fundamental concepts and approaches related to securing land tenure. The concepts of land tenure, land rights, land law, the continuum of land rights, security of tenure – including ways to assess land tenure security – and the need for securing land rights in both urban and rural settings are covered. The course addresses conventional and innovative approaches and systems of securing land rights, such as systems of land registration and cadaster and land administration systems.

Secondly, attention is paid to cadasters and land registration systems in the broader context of land policy and land management. The relationship between land policy and land administration functions – tenure, land use, land value, and land development – is analyzed and applied. The economic, environmental, and social drivers underpinning land policy development are examined. Importance of country context is considered. The course relates state-of-the-art scientific knowledge.


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). 

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For whom?

This course is relevant for young or mid-career professionals dealing with securing land tenure and require knowledge on securing tenure rights in the conventional and innovative land administration methods. They could be from governmental, nongovernmental organizations or other sector dealing with securing tenure rights. Basic knowledge on land tenure systems and policy perspectives is desirable although not demanded as this course is designed to enable participants to quickly acquire such knowledge.

What is the course content?

  • Legal frameworks - Land Policy and Land Law;
  • Land Tenure -  People-to-land relationship, Land tenure security, Land tenure systems and Land rights/Women’s Land Rights and vulnerable groups/slums & informal settlements;
  • Land Registration - Regularization, Adjudication, Registration and Cadaster, Up-dating/maintaining, and Towards Fit-for-Purpose land registration;
  • Land Management and Development -  Land Management (use and value, information needs, taxation, markets, real estate) and Land Development (consolidation, readjustment, expropriation and compensation, land reform);
  • Responsible land administration -  Land governance, Land administration functions, Securing land tenure and Land management and land development.

Learning outcomes ?

  • Explain and discuss the concept land administration and their own role in it;
  • Justify and defend the importance of responsible land administration;
  • Compare different concepts and approaches related to securing land tenure and land registration;
  • Defend the role of land administration in land management and land development.

Why choose this course?

Professor Jaap Zevenbergen brings over two decades of experience in the field of cadastres and legal frameworks of land administration. Together with Liza Groenendijk and Dr Monica Lengoiboni they are a culmination of unmatched expertise in various areas, which you need to successfully and confidently and confidently get through this course. Moreover, our School of Land Administration studies is globally recognized as the champion of innovative approaches for land administration (fit for purpose land administration),  this course will give you all the information you need.

About your diploma

Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive a Certificate which will include the name of the course. 

Along with your Certificate you will receive a Course Record providing the name, and if applicable, all the subjects studied as part of the course. It states: the course code, subject, EC credits, exam date, location and the mark awarded.

This certificate course is part of the accredited Master’s  Geo-information Science and earth Observation at ITC. If you decide to take the full Master’s Geo-information Science and Earth Observation at ITC, the Examination Board will give you in principle exemption from the course you followed successfully as a certificate course.

Admission requirments

Academic level and background

Applicants for the Certificate programme should have a Bachelor degree or equivalent from a recognized university in a discipline related to the course, preferably combined with working experience in a relevant field.

Some courses in the Certificate programme or separate modules require knowledge of, and skills in, working with GIS and/or digital image processing of remotely sensed data.

Skills in taught or related subjects are a prerequisite for some courses in the Certificate programme or separate modules. Even if the applicant satisfies the overall admission requirements, acceptance is not automatic.


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.

English language

As all courses are given in English, proficiency in the English language is a prerequisite.

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.

English language tests: minimum requirements

Only internationally recognised test results are accepted.

TOEFL Paper-based Test (PBT)


TOEFL Internet-based Test


British Council / IELTS



C2 Proficiency / C1 Advanced

Computer skills

Applicants lacking computer experience are strongly advised to follow basic courses in their home countries.

Key information

5 weeks
Full-time (no part-time programs possible)
100% English taught
Starting date
11 November 2019
End date
13 December 2019
Enschede, Netherlands
Tuition fees
2019 / 2020
full-time, institutional
€ 1.562