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Degree, diploma and certificate programmes in Geo-information Science and Earth Observation

International Institute for Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) P.O. Box 6 7500 AA Enschede The Netherlands T: +31 (0)53 487 44 44 F: +31 (0)53 487 44 00 E: pr@itc.nl I: www.itc.nl

At ITC, online, or with partner institutes worldwide

Admission and information educational activities ITC - Student Registration Office hours: 9:00 am - 17:00 pm (Central European Time) Monday to Friday T: +31 (0)53 487 44 44 F: +31 (0)53 487 42 59 E: education@itc.nl More detailed information about education at ITC can be found on our web pages at:

www.itc.nl/education

INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR GEO-INFORMATION SCIENCE AND EARTH OBSERVATION

ITC 10000 - 01072009

INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR GEO-INFORMATION SCIENCE AND EARTH OBSERVATION


What’s ITC

all about?

join a network of 20,000 alumni! • One of the world’s foremost education and research establishments in the field of geo-information science and earth observation • Dedicated scientific staff with a diverse range of expertise • A unique programme structure • Flexible modular educational programmes to meet your individual training needs • A personal approach • State-of–the-art computer facilities • Inspiration and information from the library • Modern comfortable accommodation • A multicultural environment with staff and participants from over 175 countries • Close links with Dutch universities in the field of MSc and PhD research • Enschede, a friendly atmosphere in a peaceful setting

While every effort has been made to ensure that the information contained in this brochure is accurate at the date of publication (July 2009), all matters covered may be subject to change from time to time, both before and after a student has registered.

Prospective participants are strongly advised to check our website (www.itc.nl/education) for any revisions to this brochure.

Photos cover and pages 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 25, 26, 46, 47, 48, 50 and 51 copyright Gerard Kuster Other photos and images: Courtesy ITC students and staff


Contents Course overview

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What’s ITC all about? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Education at ITC

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Programmes in Geo-information Science and Earth Observation Degree programmes • Master of Science (MSc) degree programme . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 • Master degree programme . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

Certificate programmes • Certificate programme and individual modules . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 • Distance programme . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Graduate programme

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Courses Domains in Geo-information Science and Earth Observations for: • Disaster Management . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 • Earth Sciences . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 • Geoinformatics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 • Governance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 • Land Administration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 • Natural Resources and Environment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 • Urban Planning and Management . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 • Water Resources . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43

Admission requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Application and registration

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Financial matters Fellowships

Practical information and facilities

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ITC alumni, a worldwide network

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Diploma programmes • Postgraduate diploma programme (PGD) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 • Undergraduate diploma programme . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

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Cour s e o v e r v i e w Courses

Geo-information Science and Earth Observation programmes Domain

MSc degree

Master degree

PG diploma

Diploma

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Certificate page

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Disaster management Geo-information Science and Earth Observation for Applied Earth Sciences (Geo-Hazards stream)

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Geo-information for Spatial Planning and Risk Management

Indonesia

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Geo-information Science and Earth Observation for Geo-hazards

India

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ITC

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India

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Multi-Hazard Risk Assessment

Online

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Multi-Hazard Risk Assessment and Strategic Environmental Assessment for Spatial Planning

ITC

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Advanced Earth Observation and Quantified Modelling in Applied Earth Sciences

ITC

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Geo-information and Earth Observation for Problem Solving in Applied Earth Sciences

ITC

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Learning IDL for Building Expert Applications in ENVI

Online

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Principles and Applications of Remote Sensing and GIS

ITC

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Cartography and Geo-Visualisation

ITC

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Digital Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing

ITC

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Geostatistics and Open-Source Statistical Computing

Online

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course overview

Earth sciences

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Geo-information Science and Earth Observation for Applied Earth Sciences

ITC

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ITC

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Geoinformatics

Geographical Information Management and Applications

The Netherlands /online 22

Geo-information Science and Earth Observation for Geoinformatics

ITC Iran India Nigeria

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GIS Data Quality

Online

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GIS Operations

ITC

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Hyperspectral Remote Sensing

Online

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Introduction to Geoinformatics

ITC

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Learning IDL for Building Expert Applications in ENVI

Online

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Principles of Databases

Online

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Principles of Geographical Information Systems

Online

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Principles of Remote Sensing

Online

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Principles of Spatial Data Handling: Databases, GIS and Remote Sensing

ITC

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SAR Remote Sensing, Interferometry and Their Applications in Land and Earth Resources and Disaster Damage Assessment

ITC

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Spatial Decision Support Systems

Online

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Land Administration Systems

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Principles of Land Administration

ITC

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Governance Geo-information Science and Earth Observation for Governance and Spatial Information Management

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ITC China

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Land administration Geo-information Science and Earth Observation for Land Administration

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Courses

Geo-information Science and Earth Observation programmes Domain

MSc degree

Master degree

PG diploma

Diploma

location

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location

location

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Certificate page

location

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Natural resources and environment Environmental Impact Assessment and Strategic Environmental Assessment Using Spatial Decision Support Tools

Online

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Learning IDL for Building Expert Applications in ENVI

Online

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Principles and Applications of Remote Sensing and GIS

ITC

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Principles and Applications of Remote Sensing and GIS in Natural Resources Management

Ghana

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ITC

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Learning IDL for Building Expert Applications in ENVI

Online

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Managing Geo-information Systems in the Public Sector

ITC

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Participatory GIS - Principles and Applications

ITC

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Principles and Applications of Remote Sensing and GIS

ITC

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Scenario Development, Spatial Planning Support Systems and Collaborative Decision Support

ITC

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Spatial Change and Spatial Interaction Modelling

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Spatial Interventions in Urban Planning and Management

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Applications of Earth Observation and GIS in Integrated Water Resources Management

Kenya

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Digital Terrain Model Extraction, Processing and Parameterisation for Hydrology

Online

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Learning IDL for Building Expert Applications in ENVI

Online

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Principles and Applications of Remote Sensing and GIS

ITC

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China

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Geo-information Science and Earth Observation for Environmental Modelling and Management

Europe

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Geo-information Science and Earth Observation for Natural Resources Management

ITC

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GIS for Natural Resource Management

Ghana

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Urban planning Analysing and Monitoring Urban Development Geo-information Science and Earth Observation for Urban Planning and Management

Urban Planning and Management

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China

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Water resources

Geo-information Science and Earth Observation for Water Resources and Environmental Management Geo-information Science and Earth Observation in two topics

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Bolivia

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Geo-information for Natural Resources and Environmental Management

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What’s ITC all about?

what’s ITC all about?

One of humankind’s greatest challenges is to achieve an appropriate balance between developing natural resources and maintaining an optimal natural environment. To meet this challenge, we need detailed and reliable geo–information and geo–information management tools. At the International Institute for Geo–Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC), knowledge of geo–information management is readily available and is continually being developed and extended. By means of education, research and project services, we contribute to capacity building in developing countries and countries in transition. In doing so, considerable attention is paid to the development and application of geographical information systems (GIS) for solving problems. Such problems can range from determining the risks of landslides, mapping forest fires, planning urban infrastructure and implementing land administration systems, to designing a good wildlife management system or detecting environmental pollution.

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ITC’s contribution to the UNU mission ITC is an associated institution of the United Nations University (UNU). The cooperation between ITC and the UNU is directed at developing and carrying out a Joint Programme on Capacity Building in Disaster Management and in Land Administration, and at disseminating knowledge of these and directly related issues. The programme activities are accommodated in two schools: • School for Disaster Geo-Information Management • School for Land Administration Studies Both Schools offer courses in the degree, diploma and certificate programmes. UN an Associated Institution of the Our Hope for Humankind

ITC faculty of the University of Twente As of 1 January 2010, ITC will be a faculty (with special status) of the University of Twente (UT) (www.utwente.nl/en). The merger will be implemented in a way that preserves the distinctive character and mission of ITC. As a university faculty, ITC will be more firmly embedded in the Dutch academic education system. Furthermore, the integration with the University of Twente will lead to innovative research and education in areas such as energy, environment, climate change, water, geo-information and earth observation, and disaster management.

The key words characterising our activities are geo-information management, worldwide and innovative. We concentrate on earth observation, the generation of spatial information, and the development of data integration methods. Furthermore, we provide tools that can support the processes of planning and decision making for sustainable development and the alleviation of poverty in developing countries and countries in transition. Based in Enschede, in the east of the Netherlands, ITC is the largest institute for international higher education in the country. Almost 20,000 course participants from over 175 countries have followed ITC courses since 1950. With 60 years of extensive experience and a dedicated scientific staff with a wide range of expertise, ITC is one of the world’s foremost professional training establishments in the field of geo–information science and earth observation.


Education at ITC Over the years, ITC has developed a wide selection of courses in its degree, diploma and certificate programmes in geo-information science and earth observation. These courses are offered in the Netherlands, online and abroad by ITC itself or by ITC in collaboration with reputable qualified educational organisations (joint courses).

Programmes in Geo-information Science and Earth Observation Certificate programmes • Certificate programme and individual modules • Distance programme

Diploma programmes • Postgraduate diploma programme (PGD) • Undergraduate diploma programme

Graduate programme

education at ITC

Degree programmes • Master of Science (MSc) degree programme • Master degree programme

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Joint courses Changes in world society have resulted in changes in the demand for ITC’s products and services, particularly education. Client organisations have indicated that mid-career professionals in important decision-making positions, or with the potential to grow into such positions, have difficulty in sparing the time to be away from their work and home for extended periods. To address the increasing demand for flexibility in courses, ITC has entered into partnerships with reputable qualified educational organisations for the purpose of providing joint courses in several countries. Under this arrangement, (part of) a course leading to a recognised ITC degree, diploma or certificate can be conducted in the student’s home country. Eighteen joint courses are offered in 13 countries.

Our courses aim at providing in-depth study of a particular set of problems in developing countries and countries in transition. They attract young and mid-career professionals with an interest in development-related issues.

Programme structure ITC’s degree and diploma programmes are divided into blocks, facilitating a multidisciplinary approach to problem solving for development purposes, and considerable emphasis is placed on remote sensing and GIS. The blocks vary in length and are divided into three-week modules. A module deals with one subject or related subjects. All blocks and appropriate modules are open to individual subscription, provided the applicant has the right entry level.

Educational methods The websites of our partners give more detailed information on the joint courses. The information in this brochure does not always directly apply to all our joint courses.

Workshops, case studies, project assignments and simulations are included to strengthen the practical nature of the courses.

Origins and backgrounds of course participants

Study trips

The origins and backgrounds of ITC course participants have a significant influence on the educational processes. The majority of these participants are professionals in their respective fields, with prior academic training and (often) professional experience. Consequently, professional relevancy and problem orientation are important factors in designing ITC’s training courses, with the emphasis on the application of concepts and skills.

Excursions form an integral part of some teaching modules and provide participants with the opportunity to see relevant applications in the Netherlands, to be instructed in (ground) data acquisition, and to visit companies or government offices involved in geo-information and earth observation.


Recognition of degrees Higher education in the Netherlands enjoys a worldwide reputation for high quality. This is achieved through a national system of regulation and quality assurance. The Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW) is responsible for legislation pertaining to education. The Master and Master of Science degrees awarded by the University of Twente, of which ITC will be a faculty as of 1 January 2010, are formally recognised by the Ministry of OCW, based on accreditation of the programmes by the NetherlandsFlemish Accreditation Organisation (NVAO), and are listed in the Central Register of Higher Education Programmes (CROHO).

Code of conduct

education at ITC

ITC complies with certain minimum conditions that are laid down in a general code of conduct. This code of conduct is an initiative of institutions, independent education-related organisations and the Dutch government, and defines the values guiding those who recruit and educate international students. More information on the code of conduct can be found at www.internationalstudy.nl/Paginas/Geninfo.htm.

6 Fieldwork is an option in most courses and is carried out in areas that reflect problems clearly related to the application domain. During fieldwork, course participants are responsible for a field data acquisition assignment - usually part of the Postgraduate final assignment, the Master individual final assignment, or the MSc research. Besides the direct input into assignments, fieldwork offers participants firsthand insight into current practices, as well as the opportunity to assess through ground verification and validation the impact and value (and limitations) of GIS and remote sensing technology.

Study load and ECTS The European Union (EU) has developed a European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) to allow easy comparison of the study loads of courses within Europe. ITC has adopted this system as a means of improving academic recognition for study abroad. The study load for each course is expressed in credits (ECs). The number of credits applicable is specified in the individual course descriptions. At ITC, 140 hours of study is equivalent to five ECs.

Language of study English is the first language for both staff and students at ITC. Thus the language of instruction is English and all courseware is in English. Participants are obliged to fulfil the minimum requirements for English as specified in the admission requirements (page 46).


Programmes

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When you are selecting a programme, it is important to find the right level. Whichever programme you decide to take, you will receive full support from our academic staff and access to the best modern resources and information, all within a truly international environment where you will be able to meet colleagues from all over the world.

For whom is this programme relevant? This 18-month programme (118 credits) leading to an MSc degree in Geo-information Science and Earth Observation is designed for young and mid-career professionals who perform, or aspire to perform, tasks predominantly in applied research, or who require academic knowledge and skills to enhance the execution of their work. Successful completion of the MSc degree programme provides graduates with a qualification that enables them to continue to PhD level, either in the Netherlands or abroad. What will you learn? Important elements of the programme include academic skills such as developing a critical understanding of appropriate tools; exposure to new methods and techniques; gaining competence in developing tools for the acquisition, processing, transformation, analysis, modelling, storage and presentation of spatial data; using geo-information in identifying and responding to development problems and in drafting development policies; and developing research skills. What is the programme structure? The MSc programme consists of four distinct blocks.

A programme based on research The MSc degree programme is based on research. The development of research skills is given attention throughout the entire course. Each MSc candidate is required to design, undertake and report on research where geo-information science and earth observation is used to develop techniques and/or deal with a specific application problem connected with the field of interest of the course. The precise focus of the research will be determined by the candidate and supervising staff in dialogue, and will fall within the scope of the research themes of the Institute. More information about the ITC Research Programme can be found on our website at www.itc.nl/research. Where relevant, MSc research topics are related to the topics of candidates following other courses. The MSc research phase (six months) concludes with the presentation and defence of the MSc thesis. Distance supervision There is an option whereby MSc programme participants can spend five months of the six-month thesis period in their home country under distance supervision (the tuition fee for the total programme remains the same). Participants have to meet the requirements set by the ITC programme management, and are selected on an individual basis.

Block Modules

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Principles of geo-information science and earth observation Introduction and principles of remote sensing, GIS and databases

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5-10

Application of geo-information science and earth observation in the field of interest Task-supported learning in the technical or application domain

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11-15

Research orientation Research methods, advanced subjects of choice, engagement in a research team, and proposal writing

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16-23

Individual research Executing research and writing an MSc thesis

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Courses in the MSc degree programme Eight courses are offered in the MSc degree programme in Geo-information Science and Earth Observation: • Applied Earth Sciences • Environmental Modelling and Management • Geoinformatics • Governance and Spatial Information Management • Land Administration • Natural Resources Management • Urban Planning and Management • Water Resources and Environmental Management.

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Mas t er of S c i e n c e ( MS c ) de g re e p ro g ra mme in G eo-i nf orm a t i o n S c i e n c e an d E a rth Ob se rv a tio n

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M as t e r d e g re e p ro g r amme in Geo-i n f o r m a t i o n S c i e n ce a n d E a rth Ob se rv a tio n For whom is this programme relevant? This 12-month programme (77 credits) leading to a Master degree in Geo-information Science and Earth Observation is designed for young and mid-career professionals and managers with overall responsibility for projects in the relevant fields of interest. What will you learn? The programme focuses on the application of appropriate existing tools in the planning and execution of problemdriven projects. What is the programme structure? The Master programme consists of three distinct blocks.

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Principles of geo-information science and earth observation Introduction and principles of remote sensing, GIS and databases

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Application of geo-information science and earth observation in the field of interest Task-supported learning in the technical or application domain

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Individual final assignment Individual production-oriented project leading to a report

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A programme based on coursework The Master degree programme is based on coursework. The individual final assignment at the end of the Master programme involves working on practical applications related to the chosen field of interest. In this project, participants can demonstrate proficiency in applying the methods and techniques addressed throughout the programme to specific problems encountered in professional practice. Courses in the Master degree programme Two courses are offered in the Master degree programme in Geo-information Science and Earth Observation: • Geoinformatics • Natural Resources Management.


For whom is this programme relevant? The nine-month Postgraduate diploma programme (62 credits) caters for young and mid-career professionals who need to be proficient in applying geo-information science and earth observation in their field of interest, analysing problems and applying new methods and techniques, and managing (multi)disciplinary scientific teams.

A programme based on the first part of the MSc programme The Postgraduate diploma programme will have the same end qualifications as the first part of the MSc programme. Successful completion of the Postgraduate diploma programme (modules 1-12) serves as a basis for entering the second part (modules 11-23) of the MSc programme.

What will you learn? Important elements of the programme include developing a critical understanding of appropriate tools; exposure to new methods and techniques; gaining competence in developing tools for the acquisition, processing, transformation, analysis, modelling, storage and presentation of spatial data; and using geo-information in identifying and responding to development problems and in drafting development policies.

Courses in the Postgraduate diploma programme Six courses are offered in the Postgraduate diploma programme: • Applied Earth Sciences • Geoinformatics • Land Administration • Natural Resources Management • Urban Planning and Management • Water Resources and Environmental Management

What is the programme structure? The Postgraduate diploma programme consists of three distinct blocks. Block Modules

1-4

Principles of geo-information science and earth observation Introduction and principles of remote sensing, GIS and databases

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5-10

Application of geo-information science and earth observation in the field of interest Task-supported learning in the technical or application domain

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11-12

Final assignment Individual literature study or limited project leading to a report

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Pos t gr adu a t e d i p l o m a p rog ra mme ( P GD) in Geo-i nf or m a t i o n S c i e n c e a n d E a rth Ob se rv a tio n

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Unde r g r a d u a t e d i p l o ma p ro g ra mme in Geo-i n f o r m a t i o n S c i e n ce a n d E a rth Ob se rv a tio n For whom is this programme relevant? The nine-month Undergraduate diploma programme is designed for staff at technological level in geo-information production organisations whose prime concern is to execute daily operational tasks, including acquisition, analysis, processing and dissemination of geographical data. These technologists coordinate digital production processes, implement work procedures, and supervise groups of operators.

acquisition, processing, storage, visualisation and dissemination of spatial information. Participants acquire both practical skills and in-depth knowledge of the technical processes involved.

What will you learn? The programme focuses on the concepts of digital geoinformation production and the use of modern tools in the

A programme based on practical coursework The Undergraduate diploma programme is based on coursework, with an emphasis on the practical application of a number of hardware/software tools that are used for the production, storage, analysis, visualisation and dissemination of spatial data and geo-information. The individual final assignment at the end of the Undergraduate diploma course involves working on practical applications related to the chosen specialisation of interest. In this project, participants can demonstrate skills in applying the tools, methods and techniques addressed throughout the course.

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Block Modules

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Basic elements of geo-information production Introduction to spatial data acquisition, GIS and cartography

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Specialisation in geoinformatics Options: digital photogrammetry and remote sensing, GIS operations, or cartography and geo-visualisation

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Integrated group project A small multidisciplinary team takes on a realistic geo-information production case Individual final assignment Individual production-oriented project

What is the programme structure? The Undergraduate diploma programme consists of three distinct blocks (see table).

Course in the Undergraduate diploma programme One course is offered in the Undergraduate diploma programme: • Geoinformatics.

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Cer t i f i c a t e c o u r s e p ro g ra mme a n d in d iv id u a l mo d u le s in Geo-i n f o r m a t i o n S c i e n ce a n d E a rth Ob se rv a tio n For whom is this programme relevant? For candidates with a specific request for up-to-date education in (applications of) geo-information science and earth observation, ITC offers a number of short courses leading to a certificate. Furthermore, those interested in the subject matter of one of ITC’s degree or diploma courses but not in the position to sign up for the entire duration of the course can enrol for the various Certificate courses that suit their needs. Entry requirements vary, and prospective candidates are requested to pay strict attention to the prerequisites concerning background in remote sensing and GIS, scientific discipline, and level of English. What will you learn? Certificate courses offer a wide choice of subjects and disciplines taught at ITC. Level and orientation vary per course. Applicants are advised to consider their learning objectives carefully and match these with the course content. Please consult the relevant web pages (www.itc.nl/education) when making your selection.

In case of doubt, potential applicants are advised to contact ITC (education@itc.nl). Enquiries concerning course content are passed on to the scientific staff member responsible. Courses in the Certificate programme Certificate courses vary in duration, learning objectives, educational methods and structure. An overview of courses in the Certificate programme can be found on pages 2 and 3. Individual modules You can also create your own individual study programme by selecting one or more relevant three-week modules (5 credits) or a block of connected modules from the degree and diploma programmes.


D i s t anc e p ro g r a m m e i n G eo-i nf or m a t i o n S c i e n c e a n d E a rth Ob se rv a tio n

Short Distance courses ITC offers several modules of their Postgraduate diploma and MSc degree courses as Distance courses. The six- or eight-week Distance courses (5 credits) have a weekly study load of 20 to 24 hours. The courses combine self-study with online support by ITC staff. The general approach is taskbased learning that blends theory and practice. Participants access the course material through internet. All materials and (most of) the software will be provided online within ITC’s digital learning environment Blackboard.

Courses in the Distance programme An overview of courses in the Distance programme can be found in the overview on pages 2 and 3. Please consult our website (www.itc.nl/education) for exact dates, new Distance courses on offer, and detailed course information. Although some courses are in high demand, only a limited number of students can be admitted. The rule is first come, first served. If the number of applications is extremely high, the course may be offered again.

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For whom is this programme relevant? This option is attractive to professionals interested in a short training course on a specific topic, or those interested in a long training course (Postgraduate diploma or MSc degree level) but who are unable to leave their job for the full course duration. Up to 50% of an MSc course (the first four course modules plus five months of the thesis period) can be done at a distance.

Those who decide to follow a full Postgraduate or MSc programme at ITC will be exempted from the modules they followed successfully as a Distance course.

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G r aduat e p ro g r a m m e Research leading to the award of the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is pursued through registration in the ITC Graduate Programme. The research topic of each PhD student constitutes a project in one of the 15 research themes of the ITC Research Programme. In this way the PhD student benefits from membership of a research team, as well as from receiving expert supervision and attending researchsupporting advanced courses. Research leading to a PhD thesis at ITC normally takes about 3½ years. The doctoral degree is granted by the

University of Twente, or by one of the other affiliated Dutch Universities (Utrecht, Wageningen or Delft). The ITC Graduate Programme also offers a limited possibility of internships for PhD students registered and graduating in an overseas university. More information For more information on the ITC Graduate Programme (including how to apply) and the research themes, visit www.itc.nl/research.


Courses

D i s a s t e r m a n a g e me n t

Ge o - in fo rmation Sc i en c e a n d E a r t h O b se rv a tio n fo r Ap p lie d E a rth S ciences Master of Science degree and Postgraduate diploma courses in Geo-Hazards stream Starting / End date: MSc: 13 September 2010 – 2 March 2012 PGD: 13 September 2010 – 10 June 2011

Study mode and duration: MSc: full-time at ITC 18 months PGD: full-time at ITC 9 months

EC: MSc: 118 PGD: 62

Tuition fee: MSc: Euro 9,500 PGD: Euro 4,800

NFP eligible: MSc: yes PGD: yes

disaster management

For a description of this course, turn to page 14.

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Ge o - in fo rma tio n fo r Spat ia l P l a n n i n g a n d R isk Ma n a g e me n t Joint Master of Science degree course in

Starting / End date: 20 September 2010 – 9 March 2012

Study mode and duration: Full-time in Indonesia 18 months

EC: 18

Tuition fee: Euro 7,500

NFP eligible: yes

with Gadjah Mada University (UGM) - Indonesia For more information: E: tsudib@yahoo.com - Dr Sudibyakto (UGM) loran@itc.nl - Drs Tom Loran (ITC) I: www.geo.ugm.ac.id

Geo-information Sc i en c e a n d E a r t h O b se rv a tio n fo r Ge o - Ha za rd s

Joint Master of Science degree and Postgraduate diploma course in

Starting / End date: MSc: 13 September 2010 – 2 March 2012 PGD: 13 September 2010 – 10 June 2011

Study mode and duration: MSc: full-time in India 18 months PGD: full time in India 9 months

with the Indian Institute of Remote Sensing (IIRS) - India For more information: E: suresh_kumar@iirs.gov.in - Dr. Suresh Kumar (IIRS) loran@itc.nl – Drs Tom Loran (ITC) I: www.iirs-nrsa.gov.in

EC: MSc: 118 PGD: 62

Tuition fee: MSc: Euro 7,500 PGD: Euro 3,000

NFP eligible: MSc: yes PGD: yes


Mu l t i - H a z a rd Risk Asse ssme n t

Starting /End date: 17 May – 25 June 2010

Study mode and duration: Online 6 weeks

Owing to increased vulnerability and climatic extremes, we are faced with the rapidly growing impact of disasters worldwide. There is an urgent need to include the concepts of disaster risk management in planning, sustainable development and environmental impact assessment. To facilitate effective disaster risk management, capacity building and training of disaster management experts and professionals, such as planners, engineers, architects, geographers, environmental specialists, university teachers, is required. The Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015 of the UNISDR identifies risk assessment and education as two of the key areas in action development over the coming years. Disaster risk management involves risk assessment, which is a multidisciplinary endeavour. The course teaches participants how to carry out risk assessment for different types of hazard, and how the risk information can be used in disaster risk reduction.

EC: 5

Tuition fee: Euro 500/1,000

NFP eligible: yes

For whom is the course relevant? This course is designed for all those who carry out risk assessment and who need to acquire procedural knowledge and skills in using GIS for this purpose. These include professionals working in governmental and non-governmental organisations related to disaster risk management, as well as planners, engineers, architects, geographers, environmental specialists and university teachers.

What will be achieved? On the basis of a case study of a city exposed to multiple hazards in a developing country (RiskCity), the course will guide participants through the entire process of risk assessment.

M u l t i - H a z a rd R isk Asse ssme n t a n d S tra te g ic Envi ronm e n t a l A s s e s s m e n t fo r S p a tia l P la n n in g

Certificate course

disaster management

Distance course

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Study mode and duration: Full-time at ITC 9 weeks

Owing to increased vulnerability and extreme events (including both natural and human-induced hazards), we are faced with the rapidly growing impact of disasters worldwide. There is an urgent need to include the concept of disaster risk management in planning, sustainable development and environmental assessment. Strategic environmental assessment is a process for evaluating the environmental consequences of proposed policy, plan or programme initiatives to ensure they are included and addressed at the earliest possible stage of decision making. The combination of the two course concepts provides a unique opportunity to integrate a multidisciplinary assessment of risk into strategic planning processes. It brings together a set of powerful tools and techniques to provide timely and objective information on our living environment, and in doing so provides sound information as a basis for planning and policy decisions.

For whom is the course relevant? This course is designed for all those who are involved in development planning (including environmental and risk assessment) at all levels of society and who need to acquire procedural knowledge and skills in using GIS to carry out

EC: 15

Tuition fee: Euro 2,000

NFP eligible: yes

their work. These include professionals working in governmental and non-governmental organisations, as well as planners, engineers, architects, geographers, environmental specialists and university teachers.

What will be achieved? The course provides knowledge and skills applicable to multi-hazard risk assessment and strategic environmental assessment within a clear context of spatial planning routines. At the end of the course, the two concepts are brought together in a realistic case study that deals with a practical situation involving either environmental or human-induced (industrial) hazards. It pays close attention to the use of relevant tools and techniques such as satellite imagery, dynamic modelling and scenario development within a GIS environment.


Courses Earth Sciences

Ge o - in fo rmation Sc i en c e a n d E a r t h O b se rv a tio n fo r Ap p lie d E a rth S cie nces Master of Science degree and Postgraduate diploma courses in

Choose from the streams: • Earth Resources Exploration • Geo-Hazards • Geo- and Environmental Engineering

earth sciences

Starting / End date: Study mode and duration: MSc: 13 September 2010 – 2 March 2012 MSc: full-time at ITC 18 months PGD: 13 September 2010 – 10 June 2011 PGD: full-time at ITC 9 months

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The sustainable use of land and earth resources is a key factor in economic development. In our daily life, we are continuously confronted with things and situations that have a direct link with earth resources and related processes. The buildings in which we live and work are constructed of materials from the earth; the soil produces our daily food; and mineral resources provide fuel for our transport and cooking. On the other side of the coin, the same processes that shape the environment in which we live can also be extremely destructive. Disastrous events such as the tsunami in Southeast Asia and the earthquakes in Peru and Indonesia show that the forces of nature can have a huge impact on people’s lives and livelihoods. A range of tools and techniques have been developed to make inventories of all the resources at our disposal, and to plan and manage their best possible use in a way that benefits not only the present population but also future generations. These tools and techniques provide adequate spatial and temporal information on resources and processes, and make it possible to use the available resources wisely, foresee risks, and plan accordingly.

For whom is the course relevant? The course is designed for people with a background in a relevant field and with an interest in spatial information who want to learn state-of-the-art geo-information and earth observation techniques. The nine-month Postgraduate diploma course aims to develop practical skills, whereas the 18-month MSc degree course aims to develop academic skills leading to independent research and eventually to the defence of an MSc thesis. Participants are mid-career professionals with a university background (Bachelor level required) or recent university graduates in a field relevant to earth sciences in general and the chosen stream in particular (i.e. geologists, geomorphologists, soil scientists, civil engineers, (physical) geographers, geophysicists, geochemists).

From diploma to degree Participants who have successfully completed the Postgraduate diploma course are eligible to pursue the MSc

EC: MSc: 118 PGD: 62

Tuition fee: MSc: Euro 9,500 PGD: Euro 4,800

NFP eligible: MSc: yes PGD: yes

degree course at a later stage. See page 9 for more information.

What is the course content? The Applied Earth Sciences course deals with state-of-theart geo-information science and earth observation applied to problems with an earth science context. Three streams are offered (listed above). Teaching is tuned to key tasks that employees in earth science organisations are expected to perform, while the educational approach is projectbased, centred on assignments with supporting lecture topics. Course participants are stimulated to develop a selflearning attitude and are assigned to a tutor. The course focuses on the acquisition, interpretation, integration, analysis and modelling of earth science information coupled with remote sensing data. Course participants are able to choose from a variety of course elements in line with one of the three streams. For a more detailed description of the three streams, please refer to the web pages www.itc.nl/education. The MSc degree course in Applied Earth Sciences is divided into four blocks: Block 1 Principles and applications of geographical information systems and remote sensing techniques Block 2 (a) Geo-information and earth observation for problem solving in applied earth sciences (b) Advanced earth observation and quantified modelling in applied earth sciences Block 3 Concepts and skills in applied earth science research Block 4 Execution of individual research and preparation of an MSc thesis. Block 1 and parts of Block 2 are offered as individual Certificate courses. See pages 16 and 17 for further details.


What will be achieved?

Why choose this course?

The end objective of the 18-month MSc degree course is to formulate and execute a research project, meeting academic standards and leading to the defence of an MSc thesis. The end objective of the Postgraduate diploma course is an individual final assignment that is more practical in nature.

Many aspects of the problems facing society - ranging from global climate change and the depletion of non-renewable resources to finding a safe place to make a living - are related in some way to earth science processes. Confronted with an increasing number of challenges, we are fortunately equipped with improved techniques in earth observation and spatial information handling that can help us to model and understand these underlying processes and make informed decisions on possible scenarios. At ITC, we get to grips with these challenges through developing geo-information and earth observation techniques that will allow us to contribute towards a sustainable society.

Graduates will be able to critically analyse problems with an earth science component, assess data and information requirements, ensure quality and relevance while carrying out the process of analysis, and effectively communicate the outcome to both peers and other groups (e.g. scientists, local government, stakeholders, general public).

A d v a n c e d E a rth Ob se rv a tio n a n d Qu a n tifie d M odel l i ng i n A p p l i e d E a r th S cie n ce s Starting / End date: 8 March – 7 May 2010

Study mode and duration: Full-time at ITC 9 weeks

This three-month Certificate course consists of group assignments and projects, supported by special lectures on subjects relevant to advanced remote sensing and modelling techniques applied to earth science applications. The main aim of this course is to learn how to apply advanced remote sensing techniques (such as hyperspectral and active sensor systems) to the acquisition of earth resources data. In addition, the course aims to develop skills in analysis, modelling and scenario development for advanced use in earth resources management. Case studies and practical assignments concentrate on one of the following fields of specialisation: • Earth Resources Exploration • Geo-Hazards • Geo- and Environmental Engineering.

For whom is the course relevant? This course is designed for people with a relevant BSc in earth sciences who have an interest in advanced remote sensing and quantitative approaches to modelling and simulation. Participants should have a solid background in remote sensing and GIS. Professional experience in one of the fields mentioned above is an advantage.

What will be achieved? Participants will learn to use advanced tools and techniques for the analysis and modelling of earth resources information. Building on existing experience and expertise, participants will develop advanced knowledge and skills that help to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of their organisations (typically earth resources survey organisations, planning agencies and local government agencies, where daily activities are aimed at supporting decision-making processes and governance).

EC: 15

Tuition fee: Euro 2,000

NFP eligible: yes

The emphasis of this Certificate course lies not on gaining basic knowledge and skills but on using advanced tools and techniques in a clear application context. Applying knowledge and skills in specialised cases and project assignments (in one of the above fields) forms an important component of the course and is supported by dedicated classes and workshops. Elective topics can be selected in certain parts of the course. On completion, participants will have experience in stateof-the art remote sensing, quantified modelling, scenario development and simulation.

earth sciences

Certificate course

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G e o - i n f o rma tio n a n d E a rth Ob se rv a tio n for Proble m S o l v i n g i n A p p lie d E a rth S cie n ce s Certificate course

Starting / End date: 4 January – 5 March 2010

Study mode and duration: Full-time at ITC 9 weeks

This Certificate course consists of problem-based learning within project assignments, supported by geo-information and earth science lectures. The main aim of this course is to learn how to apply information derived from remote sensing and data stored in geographical information systems to support analysis and decision making in one of four fields of interest: • Earth Resources Exploration • Earth Science Data Provision • Geo-Hazards • Geo-Engineering.

earth sciences

For whom is the course relevant?

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This course is designed for university graduates (BSc required) in earth sciences with an interest in applying remote sensing and GIS techniques to problems in one of the four fields of interest mentioned above. Participants should have mastered the basics of remote sensing and GIS, and already have some working experience.

Distance course

EC: 15

Tuition fee: Euro 2,000

NFP eligible: yes

Professional experience in a field relevant to one of the streams is an advantage.

What will be achieved? The emphasis of this Certificate course is on gaining experience by doing. It is supported by lectures and exercises, as well as by group guidance and personal tutoring. Participants will learn to apply knowledge of earth observation and geo-information processing to problem solving in typical projects in one of the four fields of applied earth sciences covered. The projects are carried out in groups, and supporting lecture and exercise topics are provided (some according to choice) on sensors, processing methods, modelling, and relevant earth science issues. On completion of the course, participants will have experience in collecting relevant data and formulating, analysing, archiving and presenting the results of problem-oriented projects in the respective application domain.

Learning IDL for Building Expert Applications in ENVI

Starting / End date: 25 October – 17 December 2010

Study mode and duration: Online 8 weeks

Interactive Data Language (IDL) is a popular programming language among scientists and is widely used in medical imaging and remote sensing. IDL is optimised for fast calculations on multidimensional arrays and has a wide range of processing libraries and visualisation tools. Dynamic visualisations and image processing applications with graphical user interfaces can be developed relatively easily within the IDL software development environment. This environment, the IDL Workbench, is based on the open-source Eclipse framework, making it a cross-platform solution. The image processing package Environment for Visualising Images (ENVI) is written in IDL and adds its image processing functionality to IDL. At the same time, ENVI functionality can be easily customised or extended by adding IDL scripts as a plug-in. The combination of IDL and ENVI makes a powerful image processing tool in remote sensing. This course gives an introduction to image processing with ENVI, then explains the basics of IDL, and finally, through training on real-life remote sensing problems, demonstrates how to extend ENVI functionality with custom-built user functions.

EC: 5

Tuition fee: Euro 500/1,000

NFP eligible: yes

For whom is the course relevant? This course is aimed at PhD students and working professionals who wish to create their own ENVI functionality by applying IDL programming. Participants must have experience with remote sensing and image processing. Familiarity with ENVI and programming experience with IDL or another programming language are recommended but not required.

What will be achieved? On completion of this course, participants should be able to: • work with the IDL command line, IDL Workbench and Online Help • write IDL scripts for use with ENVI band math and spectral math • use ENVI library routines to write ENVI plug-ins and batch programs • use ENVI widgets routines to build simple graphical user interfaces • continue programming with IDL-ENVI on their own. The main objective is not to cover the complete IDL and ENVI knowledge fields but to equip participants to continue learning and creating their own ENVI image processing functionality.


Certificate course

P r i n c i p l e s a n d Ap p lica tio n s o f R e mo te S e n sin g

and GI S In four application fields: • Applied Earth Sciences • Natural Resources Management • Urban Planning and Management • Water Resources Management Starting /End date: 23 September – 17 December 2010

Study mode and duration: Full-time at ITC 12 weeks

Geographical information systems (GIS) and remote sensing technology are routinely applied in resources survey and management, environmental management, and urban and regional planning. Although these different application fields share many of the core principles, each has its own particular approach and methods of using GIS and remote sensing.

EC: 20

Tuition fee: Euro 2,500

NFP eligible: yes

For whom is the course relevant? This course is designed for academic and technical staff employed by resources management and environmental planning agencies, for teaching staff of universities and colleges, and for employees of private companies that operate in these areas of application.

The course places emphasis on practical application-oriented work. On completion, participants will be able to design and carry out sequential data processing steps for solving typical problems, using GIS and remote sensing in the chosen application domain.

earth sciences

What will be achieved? Following a short introduction, participants learn how to generate information from remote sensing and data stored in GIS in order to support applications in their chosen field of interest. The course corresponds to the first block of the MSc and Postgraduate diploma courses (see www.itc.nl/education) in the above-mentioned fields and, as such, can provide the basis for further, in-depth study towards an MSc degree.

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Courses Geoinformatics

Master of Science degree and Postgraduate diploma courses in Geo-information Science and Earth Observation for G e o in fo rma tics

geoinformatics

Starting / End date: Study mode and duration: MSc: 13 September 2010 – 2 March 2012 MSc: full-time at ITC 18 months PGD: 13 September 2010 – 10 June 2011 PGD: full-time at ITC 9 months

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EC: MSc: 118 PGD: 62

Tuition fee: MSc: Euro 9,500 PGD: Euro 4,800

NFP eligible: MSc: yes PGD: yes

Geographical and earth sciences are relying increasingly on digital spatial data acquired from remotely sensed images, analysed by geographical information systems (GIS), distributed through complex infrastructures, and visualised on the computer screen or on paper by an ever-increasing variety of users. The technologies supporting these processes form the core of geoinformatics. Technological skills alone, however, are not sufficient for organisations involved in the production and management of such geo-information.

Block 2 Thematic modules building from the core principles to basic geoinformatics science. Topics dealt with include design and optimisation of geodata processing, image processing techniques and spatial data quality, geo-information sharing and distribution, web technology for GIS and mapping, and visualisation and distribution of geospatial data. Block 3 Research orientation modules (covering such topics as research skills and research proposal writing) and coherent disciplinary modules (deepening the knowledge

Owing to the rapid changes and developments in geo-information acquisition, analysis and dissemination, these organisations require scientific staff that can keep pace with and validate the relevancy of such developments, design new systems and infrastructures, and explore new-edge technology for efficient and effective implementation.

and skills in user selectable profiles). The emphasis is on the contribution of geoinformatics to multidisciplinary problemsolving projects in such fields as disaster management, urban infrastructure, land subsidence and biodiversity. Topics dealt with include spatio-temporal data analysis, automating information extraction, spatial data infrastructures technology, and multidisciplinary project work. Block 4 MSc research period.

For whom is the course relevant? The 18-month MSc course, which includes a strong research component, leads to an MSc degree. This course is designed for research and development staff at national mapping agencies and other organisations dealing with geo-information, as well as for university staff (Bachelor level) pursuing an academic career. The nine-month Postgraduate diploma course is relevant for those who are interested in the content matter of geoinformatics technology but have no urgent need to develop research skills.

From diploma to degree Participants who have successfully completed the Postgraduate diploma course are eligible to pursue the MSc degree course at a later stage. See page 9 for more information.

The nine-month Postgraduate diploma course includes Blocks 1 and 2 followed by a concluding multidisciplinary project in which competence in geoinformatics is efficiently and effectively implemented.

What will be achieved? The goal of the MSc degree course is to develop a critical understanding of, and competence in, geo-information science, and to develop capabilities for designing systems and tools for the acquisition, processing, transformation, analysis, storage, presentation and use of geo-information. Participants will thus acquire the skills to design and undertake research and development projects in various fields of geoinformatics, as well as become key players in multidisciplinary research and development projects.

Why choose this course? What is the course content? The MSc course contains four major blocks that cover different topics from the geospatial data handling process spectrum, ranging from core principles to disciplinary research topics. Block 1 Core modules focusing on the theory, tools and techniques of GIS and remote sensing that form the basis of all geo-information applications at ITC. Principles of databases and programming are taught in two additional modules.

If your interest goes beyond existing technology, and you want to know and influence what lies behind it, as well as research and design cutting-edge solutions, this course is for you. The programming and research skills acquired during the course, together with the personal attitude developed, will prepare you for any upcoming challenge in geoinformatics or the geo-information disciplinary field that you are likely to meet in your work.


Joint Master of Science degree and Postgraduate diploma course in

Starting / End date: MSc: 13 September 2010 – 2 March 2012 PGD: 13 September 2010 – 10 June 2011

Study mode and duration: MSc: full-time in India 18 months PGD: full-time in India 9 months

EC: MSc: 118 PGD: 62

Ge o in fo rma tics Tuition fee: MSc: Euro 7,500 PGD: Euro 3,000

NFP eligible: MSc: yes PGD: yes

with the Indian Institute of Remote Sensing (IIRS) of the National Remote Sensing Agency (NRSA) - India For more information: E: sameer@iirs.gov.in - Dr. Sameer Saran (IIRS) hamm@itc.nl – Dr Nicholas Hamm (ITC) I: www.iirs-nrsa.gov.in

Study mode and duration: Full-time in Iran 18 months

EC: 118

Tuition fee: Euro 9,500

NFP eligible: yes

with the Khajeh Nasirodin Toosi University of Technology (KNTUT) (MSc degree course only) - Iran For more information: E: vosoghi@kntu.ac.ir - Dr Behzad Vosoghi (KNTUT) huurneman@itc.nl – Gerrit Huurneman, MSc (ITC) I: www.kntu.ac.ir

Starting /End date: 30 August 2010 – 9 March 2012

Study mode and duration: Full-time in Nigeria 18 months

EC: 118

Tuition fee: Euro 7,500

NFP eligible: yes

with the Regional Centre for Training in Aerospace Surveys (RECTAS) (MSc degree course only) - Nigeria For more information: E: eniolorunfe@yahoo.co.uk – Ms Olufunmilayo Thontteh (RECTAS) huurneman@itc.nl – Gerrit Huurneman, MSc (ITC) I: www.rectas.org

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Master degree course in Geo-information Science and Earth Observation for

G eoi nf or ma t i c s Starting / End date: 13 September 2010 – 2 September 2011

Study mode and duration: Full-time at ITC 12 months

There is an increasing need for organisations to efficiently acquire and exploit geo-information. The emphasis is therefore on the integration and reuse of geo-information and the associated production process. Such efforts are the core activity of building spatial data infrastructures (SDIs). To handle the ever-increasing volumes of data storage and data flow between computer systems, the characteristics and functionality of such infrastructures require special attention from different technical perspectives: data, processing and dissemination. Understanding the design principles and being able to apply appropriate technology for implementation purposes is of key importance to staff in these organisations. They must effectively perform data acquisition (from remotely sensed images and other sensors), database management, geo-information processing and visualisation techniques to build integral geo-information applications and SDIs in any geoinformation application domain.

EC: 77

Tuition fee: Euro 6,200

geoinformatics

Starting /End date: 13 September 2010 – 2 March 2012

NFP eligible: yes

For whom is the course relevant? The Master degree course addresses the needs of geoinformatics engineers who wish to improve their skills in using integrated geo-information production technology. An integral part of the course is the operational management of geo-information production systems, including design, planning, maintenance (execution, quality control) and exploitation. The course is designed for young and midcareer engineering staff at governmental organisations or companies such as mapping agencies that deal with geoinformation.

What is the course content? In this course, the overall theme is the application of technology for SDIs. After a thorough introduction to the principles of databases, remote sensing and GIS, six consecutive modules address specific aspects of the theme: • the design and development of the component systems of an SDI • requirement analysis


• • • • •

3D data acquisition base mapping from sensor data spatial data modelling and spatial database design spatial data analysis methods and techniques for acquiring and eventually disseminating and visualising (via the Web) geospatial data • geo-information application development and customisation. The overall aim of the modules, the real-life case study that runs through all six modules, and the exercises in computer programming is to improve the understanding and engineering skills of the course participants.

What will be achieved?

geoinformatics

On completion of the course, participants will be able to: • analyse geo-technical problems and design production processes (from acquisition to dissemination) of geospatial data and services for different application fields of geo-information

• support the design of, and implement, technological and infrastructural components in an organisation • evaluate (intermediate) information products that can be used as building blocks for multilevel SDIs • evaluate the performance of production and dissemination processes • work in multidisciplinary teams engaged in production projects that involve spatial data collection, database management and data dissemination • transfer the acquired knowledge to the home working environment.

Why choose this course? The topics covered in this course will provide you with an in-depth knowledge of geo-information technology that can be readily applied in your home organisation. It will also allow you to effectively create and handle geo-information and to build and use geo-information applications and SDIs. Moreover, the course has been set up to give you a clear overview of information integration issues and common solutions to real-life geo-information problems.

Diploma course in Geo-information Science and Earth Observation for

Geoi n f o r m a t i c s Starting / End date: 11 January 2010 – 24 September 2010

Study mode and duration: Full-time at ITC 9 months

EC: n.a.

Tuition fee: Euro 4,800

NFP eligible: yes

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The task of managing land use and the Earth’s resources is becoming increasingly important owing to the rising world population and economic growth. To keep pace with demand, planners and resources managers now make considerable use of complex and powerful computerised geographical information systems (GIS). GIS users such as land and urban planners, resources managers and application scientists depend on the availability of up-to-date, well-structured data. Digital images from airborne and spaceborne sensors and aerial photographs are often used as data sources, along with modern techniques such as laser altimetry and mobile GIS. Technical means are necessary to extract data from these sources and to georeference the data accurately. Furthermore, systems are required to manipulate the spatial data and present this in quality maps and other (e.g. web) output. To achieve this, it is essential that an organisation be staffed by capable personnel at all levels.

For whom is the course relevant? The course is designed for staff at the technological level in map and geo-information production organisations. The prime concern of these technologists is the execution of daily operational tasks. Such tasks demand specialists with both practical skills and in-depth knowledge of the technical processes involved. The function of the technologist is to coordinate production processes, implement work procedures, and supervise groups of operators.

What is the course content? The course itself is composed of core and specialisation modules. The core modules give an introduction to the technical aspects of remote sensing data acquisition, GIS and geo-visualisation. The specialisation modules enable each participant to acquire skills specific to his or her primary professional tasks in the home organisation. In all specialisations, the emphasis lies on understanding the principles of geo-information production techniques, and there is ample opportunity for hands-on experience with leading commercial software. The specialisation modules offered are given below. Remote Sensing and Digital Image Processing Appropriate processing of satellite images and aerial photographs for geo-information production requires theoretical and practical training in various aspects of digital image processing, such as image enhancement, orientation and digital image classification.


GIS Operation This specialisation provides participants with the theoretical basis and practical training needed to build and manage spatial databases and perform spatial analysis using database management systems (DBMS) and GIS tools. Cartography and Geo-Visualisation This specialisation provides participants with the theoretical education and practical training needed to contribute to the cartographic visualisation of geo-information by means of screen displays or hard copies, as well as to interactive applications developed for the Web and multimedia utilisation.

What will be achieved? The aim of the course is to provide participants with:

Starting /End date: 27 September 2010 – 1 July 2011

Why choose this course? Geographical and earth sciences are relying increasingly on digital spatial data, much of which is acquired from remotely sensed images, analysed in GIS, and visualised on computer screens. Course participants will be trained in the modern tools, hardware and software that are used to create and disseminate digital spatial data and information on the world for many applications.

Ge o in fo rma tics

Study mode and duration: Full-time in Ghana 9 months

EC: 62

Tuition fee: Euro 4,500

NFP eligible: yes

Tuition fee: Euro 4,500

NFP eligible: yes

with the Ghana School for Survey and Mapping (GSSM) - Ghana For more information: E: kofi600@yahoo.ca - Mohammed Baidoo (GSSM) worm@itc.nl - Jeroen van den Worm (ITC)

Starting / End date: 20 September 2010 – 24 June 2011

Study mode and duration: Full-time in Tanzania 9 months

EC: 62

with the ARDHI University (ARU) - Tanzania For more information: E: chaula@aru.ac.tz - Dr Chaula (ARU) bakx@itc.nl - Drs Wan Bakx (ITC) I: www.aru.ac.tz

Certificate course

C a r t o g r a p h y an d Ge o - V isu a lisa tio n

Starting /End date: 19 April – 9 July 2010

Study mode and duration: Full-time at ITC 12 weeks

In addition to contemporary digital cartographic output, GIS-derived products are increasingly used to disseminate geographical information by means of intranet, internet and multimedia applications. Static, dynamic, and user-interactive maps are offered to meet the needs and demands of customers. These relatively new means of communication require their own specific approach to effectively convey the appropriate cartographic message. This course seamlessly blends cartographic fundamentals with the developments in modern geo-visualisation techniques. This is achieved in a series of related modules by means of both theoretical and practical in-depth training in

EC: n.a.

Tuition fee: Euro 2,500

NFP eligible: yes

the principles and application of map design, visualisation techniques, and the production management aspects that are required to effectively produce state-of-the-art cartography for topographic, thematic and web-oriented output.

For whom is the course relevant? This course aims at staff from governmental organisations and private companies who are specialised in the field of topographic, thematic and/or cartographic web-oriented production. An important course component is training participants to solve problems independently, preparing them to become supervisory staff in the domain of cartography and geo-visualisation. Furthermore, this course provides excellent opportunities for participants to improve their

geoinformatics

Joint undergraduate diploma course in

• theoretical knowledge and practical training designed to contribute to the production of maps and geo-information • in-depth knowledge of one specific (individually chosen) aspect of the production process. Special attention is given to the implementation of the digital production of geo-information.

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knowledge and techniques within the cartographic production environment and to broaden and deepen their geovisualisation perspective.

What will be achieved? On completion of the course, participants will be able to: • describe and model the cartographic communication process • determine the representation method and apply the appropriate cartographic grammar

Certificate course

geoinformatics

implement basic workflow management design and produce topographic maps design and produce the main types of thematic maps understand the concepts of statistics for thematic maps understand the need for, and apply, geographical data classification • design and produce static and interactive (web) maps • design and create a cartographically based web application • execute a cartographic/web mapping project.

D i g i t a l P h o to g ra mme try a n d R e mo te S e n s ing

Starting / End date: 19 April – 9 July 2010

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Study mode and duration: Full-time at ITC 12 weeks

The task of managing land use and the Earth’s resources is becoming increasingly important owing to the rising world population and economic growth. To keep pace with demand, planners, resources managers and application scientists now make considerable use of frequently acquired high-resolution and/or multispectral images. Sound application depends on the availability of up-todate, reliable and well-structured data. Satellite images from various sensors and digital aerial photographs are often used as data sources, along with modern techniques such as laser altimetry. Technical means to reference and extract topographic and thematic information from these sources in semi-automated processing environments are continuously under development. It is essential to train the staff responsible for acquiring such reference data not only in established and upcoming techniques such as objectbased classification but also in understanding the relevancy of the acquisition process and its reliability for current GIS specialists.

EC: n.a.

Tuition fee: Euro 2,500

NFP eligible: yes

For whom is the course relevant? The course is intended to train staff to function at the supervisory level in rapidly changing map and geo-information production environments. It focuses on state-of-the-art technology in the field of remote sensing and digital image processing for information extraction, as well as on its consequences for applications by GIS specialists. The course is targeted at staff from government agencies and private companies who have practical professional experience in remote sensing and/or photogrammetry and who wish to become familiar with state-of-the-art technology. GIS specialists who make regular use of digitally acquired spatial reference data and are interested in the source and accuracy of these data would also significantly benefit from this course.

What will be achieved? The aim of the course is to equip participants with practical knowledge of: • acquiring and producing geospatial information by using remote sensing and digital image processing • the positional and thematic accuracy of this information and its relevancy in GIS applications.

Ge o g ra p h ica l In fo rma tio n M ana g e m e n t a n d A p p lica tio n s Joint Master of Science degree course in

Starting : 24 August 2010

Study mode and duration: Full- an part-time in the Netherlands 4 or 2 years

with the University of Utrecht, Wageningen University and Research Centre, and Delft University of Technology The Netherlands For more information: E: blok@itc.nl – Dr Connie Blok (ITC) gima@geo.uu.nl I: www.msc-gima.nl

EC: 120

Tuition fee: Euro 1,650 (EU) Euro 14,000 (outside EU)

NFP eligible: no


Distance course

G e o s t a t i s t i c s a n d Op e n - S o u rce S ta tistica l

Com put i n g Study mode and duration: Online 6 weeks

Almost all the interesting data collected in geographical studies are from known locations on, in or over the Earth’s surface. These data usually have a spatial structure that can be visualised and modelled. The resulting models can be used to map by interpolation, for example, using kriging or trend surfaces. Often, conventional statistical methods are not valid when there is spatial covariation, so specific geostatistical methods must be used to make inferences. The model of spatial covariation can also be used to design sampling plans. Statistical computing is becoming routine among geoscientists. In addition, extensive computing using actual datasets is the best way to learn statistics. The R Project for Statistical Computing is the leading open-source environment for exploratory, introductory and advanced computational statistics. R includes several add-in geostatistical packages. This course will use mostly the GSTAT package, although students may elect to use any software that is available in their organisation for a data analysis project.

Distance course

EC: 5

Tuition fee: Euro 500 / 1,000

NFP eligible: yes

For whom is the course relevant? This course is aimed at postgraduate students and working professionals who wish to apply spatial statistics and geostatistical computing in research and consulting projects.

What will be achieved? On completion of this course, participants should be able to: • select and apply appropriate visualisation and numerical techniques to explore the structure of a spatial dataset • select and apply appropriate procedures to model the structure of a spatial dataset • select and apply appropriate procedures to predict data values at unvisited locations, using parametric and nonparametric models • design a sampling strategy to reveal or account for spatial structure • use the R environment for statistical computing at an intermediate level and be able to improve their skills by self-study and experimentation.

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G I S D a t a Q u a l ity

Starting /End date: 15 March – 23 April 2010

Study mode and duration: Online 6 weeks

This course aims to cover the basic principles of spatial data quality. This subject is of central importance in GIS and related fields since the quality of the data that is used and produced impacts on the quality of decisions made. The term “spatial data quality” is widely used in academic, governmental and industrial contexts but often remains undefined. This course requires that participants give critical attention to the meaning of spatial data quality. Greatest attention will be given to quantitative and statistical aspects of the subject. To do this, we will revise and develop some fundamental statistical concepts and computational tools that will be of more general value for data analysis and modelling.

For whom is the course relevant? The course is relevant for a wide range of geospatial data users and producers.

What will be achieved? On completion of this course, particpants should be able to: • explain the term “spatial data quality” and use it appropriately

geoinformatics

Starting /End date: 25 January – 5 March 2010

EC: 5

Tuition fee: Euro 500/1,000

NFP eligible: yes

• explain basic concepts in probability and statistics • implement basic exploratory data analysis in R • explain the basic principles of simple and multiple linear regression and implement them in R • outline the modifiable areal unit problem • define attribute and positional uncertainty and evaluate their impact on the quality of spatial data • describe the potential impacts of uncertainty on the quality of spatial data products • evaluate quantitatively the impact of uncertainty on the output of a simple model.


Certificate course

G I S O p e r atio n s

Starting / End date: 19 April – 9 July 2010

Study mode and duration: Full-time at ITC 12 weeks

geoinformatics

The growing global interest in spatial information in all sectors calls for properly qualified personnel. Through providing appropriate training, this course meets the increasing demand to acquire, process and utilise geo-information data. Building and managing spatial databases and performing analysis by using tools embedded in GIS and database management systems (DBMS) are core activities in this course. GIS tools provide specific functionalities for spatial data input, processing, analysis and output, while DBMS tools provide more advanced functionality for storing and managing large spatial databases. This course provides participants with the theoretical background and practical training necessary to gain the skills required to integrate the two sets of tools for purposes of spatial data analysis and spatial database management. In addition, participants acquire the basic programming skills to customise the GIS interface and develop functions not yet available or embedded.

Distance course

EC: n.a.

Tuition fee: Euro 2,500

NFP eligible: yes

For whom is the course relevant? This course is designed particularly for staff responsible for implementing geographical information production at national and regional agencies, local authorities and private companies.

What will be achieved? On completion of the course, participants will be able to: • understand the basics of programming • discern spatial data models • design and create a relational database • design, build and populate a geodatabase • perform spatial analysis on different types of datasets • implement and realise a user interface for a GIS application • develop GIS applications.

H y p e r s p e c tra l R e mo te S e n sin g

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Study mode and duration: Online 6 weeks

Since the launch of the first earth observation satellite ERTS1 in 1972, techniques for extracting information from objects at the Earth’s surface have rapidly evolved, generating remote sensing methods for the systematic monitoring of dynamic earth processes. In the early 1980s, hyperspectral sensors (instruments acquiring images in a large number of narrow and contiguous spectral bands) became available. In hyperspectral remote sensing, energy reflected or emitted from an object is measured and translated into information about the object or used to understand processes affecting the object. Visible and nearinfrared spectroscopy offers a rapid and inexpensive technique for determining the mineralogy of samples and obtaining information on soil, water and biochemical composition. This Distance education course introduces state-of-the-art techniques for processing and interpreting multispectral and hyperspectral data, with a focus on airborne and satellite-based hyperspectral sensors.

For whom is the course relevant? The course is designed for students, researchers and practitioners in remote sensing with a background or interest in earth and/or life sciences who want to learn the basics and

EC: 5

Tuition fee: Euro 500 / 1,000

NFP eligible: yes

prospective applications of hyperspectral remote sensing. Basic knowledge of remote sensing is desirable.

What will be achieved? Participants will learn the basic physics of spectroscopy, as well as how to measure and understand spectra in the laboratory and field, and how to integrate these with image data. The full processing chain, from data acquisition and calibration to thematic mapping, will be covered in the course. Elective case studies, covering real-life examples from the fields of geology, mineral exploration, oil and gas exploration, environmental sciences, soil science, geo-engineering, vegetation science and agriculture, and water quality, will serve to instruct participants on the use and application of hyperspectral data.


I n t ro d u c t i o n to Ge o in fo rma tics

Starting /End date: 18 January – 9 April 2010

Study mode and duration: Full-time at ITC 12 weeks

Modern geo-information processing organisations aim to excel in domains ranging from spatial data capture, handling and analysing to geo-visualisation. Owing to the rising demand for geo-information products, these organisations must work professionally and efficiently to satisfy client demands. Consequently, the requirement for staff to have proper understanding of the entire geo-information production line is of growing significance. This course provides the basic theoretical knowledge and hands-on experience required to perceive the synergy within this multidisciplinary production environment. It will foster improved mutual understanding, collaboration, and the effective exchange of geo-information between the domains, leading to higher-quality output. This course is also a good foundation for the following Certificate courses: • Digital Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (page 22) • GIS Operations (page 24) • Cartography and Geo-Visualisation (page 21).

For whom is the course relevant? This course is designed for staff of geo-information production organisations and (private) companies who are working in the domains of geodata acquisition, handling,

Distance course

EC: n.a.

Tuition fee: Euro 2,500

NFP eligible: yes

analysing and/or visualisation, and recognise the need for a wider understanding and awareness of the entire geo-information production line to improve efficiency and productivity.

What will be achieved? On completion of the course, participants will be able to: • describe the main components of, and their role in, geoinformation production • describe the common coordinate systems and reference surfaces • describe geodata acquisition methods • acquire the basic GPS skills • describe the main components of a GIS • build relational databases and perform database query tasks • perform spatial analysis on vector data • describe the main components of geodata visualisation • understand the difference between conceptual and graphic map generalisation • design and create a simple website • understand the concepts and techniques of internet mapping • apply the knowledge and skills acquired during the course in a multidisciplinary map production case study.

L e a r n i n g I D L f or B u ild in g E x p e rt Ap p lica tio n s in

ENV I Starting /End date: 24 October – 17 December 2010

Study mode and duration: Online 8 weeks

EC: 5

Tuition fee: Euro 500/1,000

NFP eligible: yes

For a description of this course, turn to page 16.

Distance course

P r i n c i p l e s o f D a ta b a se s

Starting /End date: 8 February – 2 April 2010

Study mode and duration: Online 8 weeks

This course introduces participants to databases and data manipulation. The course focuses on thematic (also known as attribute) databases, the relational data model, and queries in the query language SQL. Database engineering is an important tool for any type of information management. The techniques learnt will be useful in a variety of settings in professional life.

EC: 5

Tuition fee: Euro 500/1,000

NFP eligible: yes

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Certificate course

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For whom is the course relevant?

What will be achieved?

The course is relevant for anyone working with (usually large) collections of structured data. It focuses on what database technology has to offer, and lays the foundation for more advanced data handling techniques covered in other courses. We expect a basic level of computer skills and independence from participants, as well as familiarity with standard Windows software and secondary school discrete mathematics, and the ability to explore new software and new datasets.

Participants will learn how database management systems work, what stored tables and queries are, and how to define queries in SQL. In addition, the first aspects of database design will be covered. On completion of this course, participants will be able to: • explain the fundamentals of the relational data model • formulate simple queries in mathematics • define, execute and verify SQL queries against an existing relational database • follow simple steps in database design (UML class diagrams).

Distance course

P r i n c i p l e s of Ge o g ra p h ica l In fo rma tio n S y stems

geoinformatics

Starting / End date: 6 September – 22 October 2010

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Study mode and duration: Online 7 weeks

This course introduces participants to the basic concepts and operational skills necessary for data entry, data manipulation and analysis, and the production of interpretable output. The course is useful to novices, as well as to those experienced in some aspects of GIS but lacking a complete overview of the state of the art and/or the conceptual foundation.

For whom is the course relevant? The course is designed for those with little or no knowledge of GIS. It is an excellent option for anyone driven by curiosity and wishing to take the first step in becoming a GIS expert, or for anyone driven by the need to explore the capabilities and limitations of current GIS technology in his or her field of application.

EC: 5

Tuition fee: Euro 500 / 1,000

NFP eligible: yes

What will be achieved? On completion of this course, participants will have covered the following GIS topics: • a gentle introduction to GIS • geographical information and spatial data types • hardware and software, GIS, steps in spatial data handling • database management systems • spatial referencing • data quality, measures of location errors on maps • satellite-based positioning • spatial data input, data preparation • point data transformation • advanced operations on continuous field rasters • analytical GIS capabilities, retrieval and classification, overlay functions • neighbourhood operations, network analysis, error propagation • data visualisation.


P r i n c i p l e s o f R e mo te S e n sin g

Starting / End date: 17 May – 9 July 2010

Study mode and duration: Online 8 weeks

This course introduces participants to the basic concepts and operational skills necessary to acquire the most appropriate remote sensing data and extract geo-information from such data. The objective is to create a firm basis for the successful integration of remote sensing in any field of application. In addition, participants can choose two topics of personal interest to deepen their knowledge.

For whom is the course relevant? The course is useful to novices in the realm of remote sensing, as well as to those experienced in some aspects but lacking a complete overview of the state of the art and/or the conceptual foundation. It is designed for anyone driven by curiosity and wishing to take the first step in becoming a

EC: 5

Tuition fee: Euro 500/1,000

NFP eligible: yes

remote sensing expert, or for anyone driven by the need to explore the capabilities and limitations of current remote sensing technology in his or her field of application.

What will be achieved? You will acquire a good basis that will facilitate the efficient selection of remote sensing data, the careful consideration of required preprocessing, and the optimal analysis of image data for purposes of obtaining necessary geo-information. The knowledge gained through study and communication with tutors and fellow participants will stimulate your appreciation of existing applications of remote sensing data in geospatial studies and will enable you to assess new applications.

P r i n c i p l e s o f Sp a tia l Da ta Ha n d lin g : Da ta b a se s , GI S and R e m o t e S e n s i n g Certificate course

Starting / End date: 23 September – 17 December 2010

Study mode and duration: Full-time at ITC 12 weeks

EC: 20

Tuition fee: Euro 2,500

NFP eligible: yes

geoinformatics

Distance course

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The objective of this course is to provide participants with a deeper understanding of the workings of spatial data and geo-information. The course takes the perspective of the process of using various tools and techniques to produce geo-information from airborne and spaceborne devices, thus arriving at geo-information sources for exploitation by the human decision maker. To achieve this, we emphasise those geo-production environments that, rather than being ad hoc, need to operate systematically for reasons of production continuity, scale or quality. The fundamental principles and the derived methods and tools that have led to best-practice methodology constitute the focal point of the course. As an important course characteristic is the vast number of practical exercises devised to promote understanding of the principles, the course leads to both conceptual understanding and practical skills.

For whom is the course relevant? This course is designed for professionals from organisations dealing with geospatial information, such as national mapping organisations, national surveys, bureaus of statistics, national cadastres, and other providers for the national geo-information infrastructure.

What will be achieved? The tools we use are satellite and airborne imagery, image processing packages, and database and GIS systems. Course participants can expect to become relatively advanced users of this technology, with a generic understanding of how similar tools operate.


S A R R e m o te S e n sin g , In te rfe ro me try a n d Thei r A p p l i c a t i o n s i n La n d a n d E a rth R e so u rce s a n d D isaster Dam a g e A s s e s s m e n t Certificate course

Starting / End date: 7 June – 16 July 2010

Study mode and duration: Full-time at ITC 6 weeks

geoinformatics

This short course introduces the principles of synthetic aperture radar (SAR) imaging systems, and explains how images are collected, as well as image geometry and the factors and variables concerned. Furthermore, it explains the interaction mechanisms of earth surface features (i.e. soil, water, vegetation, snow and ice) and radar energy. It shows how radar system properties, object geometric and dielectric properties, and topography affect how the object appears on the image. It describes the radar energy returned from terrain and explains the temporal behaviour of radar backscatter from different vegetation cover types.

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For whom is the course relevant? The course is intended for natural resources managers, remote sensing and GIS analysts, radar remote sensing data analysts, and optical and radar remote sensing specialists involved with various land resources applications and disaster management.

Distance course

EC: 10

Tuition fee: Euro 1,500

NFP eligible: yes

What will be achieved? After the course participants should be able to: • understand the principles of the SAR imaging system • interpret and analyse aircraft and satellite radar images • use radar images for mapping cover types • apply radar interpretation results to the specific application of interest • use different image processing techniques to analyse radar images • define the best type of radar data that is suitable for certain types of application • assess the applicability of InSAR for various applications • explain and perform the general processing steps used for generating InSAR images • evaluate the quality of InSAR datasets • interpret and analyse the InSAR results, using GIS functionality and standard software.

S p a t i a l D e c isio n S u p p o rt S y ste ms

Starting / End date: 11 October – 3 December 2010

Study mode and duration: Online 8 weeks

This course introduces participants to techniques for selecting and processing data to generate meaningful and timely information to support the better management of resources. To improve decision making, the required information, tools, techniques, models and decision-making procedures can be integrated in a user-friendly information processing system called a spatial decision support system (SDSS). In contrast to other geo-information systems, an SDSS provides insight into assessments of tradeoffs between the various options open to decision makers.

For whom is the course relevant? The course is intended for practitioners and spatial analysts with a professional or academic background who support spatial planning and decision-making processes. Although it is interesting for decision makers to establish a way of thinking for themselves, the course also goes into some practical detail. This course is also attractive for PhD students and researchers who want to work with SDSS.

What will be achieved? On completion of this course, participants should be able to: • explain the principles of decision-making processes and decision support systems

EC: 5

Tuition fee: Euro 500/1,000

NFP eligible: yes

• distinguish between various phases of the decision-making process and their required types of information • discuss the linkages between GIS and decision support systems • apply spatial multicriteria decision analysis techniques to combine various layers of information “criteria” of different quality, format and type to support the planning and decision-making process • classify and compare different multicriteria evaluation techniques • use spatial multicriteria evaluation techniques in proposing an appropriate solution to a spatial problem • assess and interpret the results of the multicriteria evaluation process.


Courses Gove r n a n c e

Master of Science degree course in Geo-information Science and Earth Observation for

G over nan c e a n d S p a t i a l I nfo rma tio n Ma n a g e me n t Study mode and duration: Full-time at ITC 18 months

Geo-information has gained importance in societies over the past decades. The public sector has always been a major spatial data provider and user. Topographic mapping, land use planning, environmental management, land administration and land registration are examples of public sector activities in which geo-information plays a major role. Public policy development and public management have undergone major shifts because of government reform, decentralisation, market reform and information technologies. Governments have invested in digital registration systems, and many are active in developing service delivery to citizens via internet technology. Nowadays, too, the use of information technology for policy evaluation and policy design is being explored.

EC: 120

Tuition fee: Euro 9,500

NFP eligible: yes

Concepts of public administration Economics; policy design and policy evaluation; law; governance and political science; spatial planning, environmental policy and law. Concepts of geo-information and GIS Data models and databases; GIS theory and techniques; remote sensing and GPS; visualisation and cartography; land administration and land policy. Participants who studied these concepts in their academic formation can be awarded credits for these topics. Advanced topics Environmental policy; environmental economics; information and governance; spatial methods and techniques; spatial decision support; information systems and data management; fieldwork.

For whom is the course relevant? The course is targeted at professionals and students from countries where the improvement of governance and the development of digital (geo-)information are on the political agenda. More specifically, it is designed for: • mid-career professionals with a Bachelor degree (minimum) in a science appropriate for a job in the public sector, particularly professionals in policy agencies where ICT developments are in progress • Bachelor students in relevant disciplines who wish to strengthen their capabilities in handling the spatial component for policy analysis and policy design.

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What will be achieved? This course provides participants with an adequate understanding of systems of governance and the embedded role of spatial information, as well as the competencies necessary to improve the quality of public administration, policy evaluation and policy design. The course integrates geosciences with social and political sciences.

Why choose this course? What is the course content? The course lasts 18 months and consists of three blocks: Block 1 Provides participants with the core knowledge and techniques for each of the two disciplines (i.e. scientific knowledge and skills in public administration and geoinformation science and technology). Land policy, land administration and case studies link the two sides in this first block. Block 2 Consists of courses on environmental policy, environmental economics and spatial economics, integrated with public sector and governance information, information systems, statistics and spatial decision support systems. Block 3 Dedicated to thesis research, which can include integrative fieldwork. The thesis will be defended in the MSc examination.

governance

Starting / End date: 13 September 2010 – 2 March 2012

The course is given jointly by ITC and other faculties of the University of Twente. This cooperation provides an environment in which the social and political sciences at the University are combined with the natural and geo-information sciences at ITC. With regard to research, the student will be able to focus on a theme of personal and professional interest.


Courses

La n d a d m i n i s t r a tio n

Master of Science degree and Postgraduate diploma course in Geo-information Science and Earth Observation for L a n d Ad min istra tio n

land administration

Starting / End date: MSc: 13 September 2010 – 2 March 2012 PGD: 13 September 2010 – 10 June 2011

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Study mode and duration: MSc: full-time at ITC 18 months PGD: full-time at ITC 9 months

Land is at the basis of all societies. Land policy regulates the access to land and the management of land. A sound land policy is a critical success factor in economic growth, food security, nature conservation, the protection of vulnerable groups, poverty reduction and housing. Land policy and land policy instruments determine how a government can provide access to land, offer tenure security, regulate the land market, implement land reform, protect the environment, and levy land taxes. Such tasks become even more challenging in post-conflict or post-disaster areas, and where government systems are in transition. Applying relevant principles of business administration and information technology, the course provides theoretical and practical knowledge and expertise in building a viable land administration organisation.

For whom is the course relevant? The course is designed for young and mid-career professionals involved, or likely to be involved, in developing land administration systems from an academic, managerial, technical and operational perspective. A substantial part of the course is dedicated to information technology and information management for land administration systems and spatial data infrastructures. The ultimate aim is to ensure that participants become respected and valuable land administration experts in their own countries.

From diploma to degree Participants who have successfully completed the postgraduate diploma course are eligible to pursue the MSc degree course at a later stage. See page 9 for more information.

EC: MSc: 118 PGD: 62

Tuition fee: MSc: Euro 9,500 PGD: Euro 4,800

NFP eligible: MSc: yes PGD: yes

• value assessment and land use classification • business administration, planning and control, financial management • modelling of data, processes, stakeholder analysis, community participation • information system design, development, (re-) engineering • information management (legal aspects, authentication, pricing, costing) • SDI concept and application (authentic registers). Blocks 3 and 4 Participants specialise further in their field of interest and deepen their knowledge and skills in preparation for the MSc research phase.

What will be achieved? On completion of the course, participants will be able to: • analyse land administration components and land administration systems to serve society • understand the concepts of land policy and policy instruments regarding access to land, tenure security, land markets, land reform, land use planning and land taxation • formulate institutional, operational and technological requirements for operating land administration procedures in a transitional environment • specify and operate (geo-)information technology relevant to the functioning of land administration systems.

Why choose this course? The cooperation between ITC and the Netherlands Cadastre provides a unique foundation for the course. The international networks of both institutions afford access to academic developments and the latest policies and guidelines of international donors and UN agencies. ITC is an associated institution of the United Nations University within the context of land administration.

What is the course content? The nine-month Postgraduate diploma course includes Blocks 1 and 2 of the MSc course. Block 1 Addresses the theory, tools and techniques of GIS and remote sensing and their application in land administration. Block 2 Focuses on academic, institutional, operational and information technology topics, and addresses: • concepts of land policy and land management and administration • process design, simulation and management of workflows • adjudication, cadastral and social tenure mapping

The links to academic and operational environments distinguish this course from education offered elsewhere in the world. The strength of this course lies in the combination of the institutional aspects of land administration and the development of sound information systems operated by viable land administration institutions. If you are interested in developing viable land administration systems within the context of your own country’s land management and legal framework, this is the right course for you.


Joint Master of Science degree course in Geo-information Science and Earth Observation for L and Ad m i n i s t r a t i o n Starting /End date: 20 September 2010 – 9 March 2012

Study mode and duration: Full-time in China 18 months

EC: 118

Tuition fee: Euro 7,500

NFP eligible: yes

with the College of Earth Sciences and Land Resources of Chang’an University - China For more information: E: zhmma@chd.edu.cn - Prof. Ma Zhimin (CHD) bronsveld@itc.nl - Ir Kees Bronsveld (ITC) I: www.xahu.edu.cn

L a n d A d m i n i s tra tio n S y ste ms

Starting / End date: 29 November 2010 – 11 February 2011

Study mode and duration: Full-time at ITC 11 weeks

Land is at the basis of all societies. Land policy regulates the access to land and the management of land through the land administration processes. Its instruments, however, determine how governments provide access to land, protect tenure security, regulate the land market, implement land reform, preserve the environment, and levy land taxes for economic growth, food security, nature conservation, the protection of vulnerable groups, poverty reduction and housing. Land information systems provide land information about ownership, value and use of land and, consequently, are an essential tool when it comes to accomplishing these tasks.

For whom is the course relevant? The course is designed for motivated academics and midcareer professionals involved, or likely to be involved, in developing land information systems, with the emphasis on land administration systems from the academic, managerial, technical and operational perspectives.

What will be achieved? On completion of the Certificate course, participants will be able to: • analyse user needs and components of land administration systems to serve society • design a land information system using information system tools and methodologies such as soft system methodology

EC: 15

Tuition fee: Euro 2,000

NFP eligible: yes

• prototype a land information system using Unified Modelling Language (UML) and GIS software-based OGC and ISO standards • carry out adjudication processes based on a GIS participatory approach • integrate topographic data collection using high-resolution stereo photographs and remote sensing images with field survey for land administration • carry out dissemination via internet technologies • explain institutional aspects, tenure concepts, legal pluralism, land registration, legislative frameworks, land use property values, land markets, land reform, land use planning and land taxation in a transitional environment.

land administration

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Certificate course

P r i n c i p l e s o f La n d Ad min istra tio n

Starting / End date: 15 February – 7 May 2010

Study mode and duration: Full-time at ITC 12 weeks

land administration

Land policy and land policy instruments determine how a government can provide access to land, offer tenure security, regulate the land market, implement land reform, protect the environment, and levy land taxes. Such tasks become even more challenging in post-conflict or post-disaster areas, and where government systems are in transition.

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Applying relevant principles of business administration and geo-information technology, the course provides theoretical and practical knowledge and expertise on how to build a viable network of land administration organisations through a spatial data infrastructure.

For whom is the course relevant? The course is designed for motivated academics and midcareer professionals involved, or likely to be involved, in developing land policy and land information infrastructure from an academic, managerial, technical and operational perspective.

EC: 20

Tuition fee: Euro 2,500

NFP eligible: yes

The ultimate aim is to ensure that participants become respected and valuable policy designers in the field of spatial data infrastructure for land administration in their own countries.

What will be achieved? On completion of the course, participants will be able to: • develop land policy and the role of its instruments within the context of poverty reduction strategy papers and the Millennium Development Goals • discuss implementation aspects of land policy, including the management of state land, urbanisation and ruralurban transition, informal settlement, credit mechanisms, pro-poor land management, and land administration in post-disaster management • identify elements of information policy and data protection • identify and derive performance indicators in line with organisational goals, and develop public and private business administration • use management techniques such as balanced score card and SWOT analysis in land administration organisations and change management • understand the concepts of spatial data infrastructure and use advanced techniques such as UML/OCL for developing business cases in distributed environments for sharing multiple data bases.


Courses

Nat ur a l re s o u rc e s a n d e n v iro n me n t

Starting / End date: MSc: 13 September 2010 – 2 March 2012 PGD: 13 September 2010 – 10 June 2011

Study mode and duration: MSc: full-time at ITC 18 months PGD: full-time at ITC 9 months

Increasing population and growing welfare place pressure on the natural environment and result in problems such as deforestation, overgrazing, and the contamination of land and water resources. In turn, the depletion of natural resources can frequently lead to land scarcity and to widespread changes in land use. Furthermore, we are increasingly aware that environmental issues may transcend national boundaries. As evidenced by various international agendas and agreements, the management of the Earth’s natural resources is of concern to us all.

For whom is the course relevant? Both these courses are designed for young and mid-career professionals who work in natural resources management and who wish to develop a critical understanding of, and competence in, modern methods of working with spatial data. The Postgraduate diploma course aims at developing practical skills, while the MSc degree additionally aims to develop academic skills leading to independent research and the defence of an MSc thesis. Participants will normally have a BSc or similar first degree in environmental science or in a discipline related to natural resources management, such as ecology, forestry or agriculture. If you have such a background and a keen interest and motivation to study in an international, multidisciplinary environment, then the MSc or the Postgraduate diploma course in Natural Resources Management may be for you.

From diploma to degree Participants who have successfully completed the Postgraduate diploma course are eligible to pursue the MSc degree course at a later stage. See page 9 for more information.

What is the course content? The MSc and Postgraduate diploma courses not only emphasise the multidisciplinary aspects of natural resources management but also offer you the opportunity for indepth study in your particular field of interest. During the first block of the course, you will acquire knowledge and skills in applying geo-information science and earth observation to natural resources management. After this, in the second block, you will spend four months developing more in-depth knowledge and technical skills in order to analyse problems and identify and structure rele-

EC: MSc: 118 PGD: 62

Tuition fee: MSc: Euro 9,500 PGD: Euro 4,800

NFP eligible: MSc: yes PGD: yes

vant information in selected aspects of natural resources management. For further details, see our web page at www.itc.nl/education/courses/modules.aspx. Following this period of in-depth study, if you opt for the nine-month Postgraduate diploma course, you will complete your studies by carrying out an individual project. Alternatively, if you opt to pursue the 18-month MSc degree course, you will continue to develop an understanding of the purpose and use of research in natural resources management and will study advanced topics to support your planned research. Before your actual research work commences, you will spend a number of weeks working with staff and fellow MSc students in a research group (see web page www.itc.nl/research) to prepare yourself for your own independent research project.

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What will be achieved? Participants in both courses will learn to: • analyse a problem encountered in natural resources management practice and develop an appropriate method for studying and/or solving the problem • apply appropriate methods for spatial data acquisition, verification and quality control • use geo-information science and earth observation technology to generate, integrate, analyse and display spatial data


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• evaluate and apply relevant and appropriate methods and models for data analysis and problem solving in natural resources management. If you follow the MSc course, you will also: • carry out in-depth study of two advanced topics that are relevant to your research • apply research skills to formulate and carry out an independent research project • communicate and defend findings of this research work.

Why choose this course? The course offers a unique opportunity to share experiences in natural resources management with young scientists and professionals from all over the world. The teaching staff has a wealth of research and practical experience in the application of geo-information science and earth observation for natural resources management in many different environments and in many different countries. You will study and undertake research in a friendly, multicultural and multidisciplinary environment.

Ge o - in fo rma tio n fo r Na tu ral Res ou rc e s a n d E n v i ro n me n ta l Ma n a g e me n t

Joint Master of Science degree course in

Starting / End date: 27 September 2010 – 30 March 2012

Study mode and duration: Full-time in China 18 months

EC: 118

Tuition fee: Euro 7,500

NFP eligible: yes

with the School of Resources and Environmental Sciences of Wuhan University (SRES) - China For more information: E: qydu@telecarto.com - Prof. Du Qingyun (SRES) weir@itc.nl - Dr Michael Weir (ITC) I: www.whu.edu.cn

Joint Master of Science degree course in GIS for

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Study mode and duration: Full-time in Ghana 18 months

EC: 118

Tuition fee: Euro 6,500

NFP eligible: yes

with the Faculty of Renewable Natural Resources (FRNR) and the Department of Geomatic Engineering (DGE), both of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) - Ghana For more information: E: sko86@hotmail.com - Dr Samuel Oppong (KNUST) vanleeuwen@itc.nl - Ir Louise van Leeuwen (ITC) I: www.knust.edu.gh

Master degree course in Geo-information Science and Earth Observation for

Nat ura l R e s o u rc e s Ma n a g e me n t Starting / End date: 13 September 2010 – 2 September 2011

Study mode and duration: Full-time at ITC 12 months

Increasing population and growing welfare are placing increasing pressure on our environment. Environmental management seeks to address these problems and to understand the complexity of factors involved. To do so, environmental managers must collect and interpret relevant data and work together with professionals from a wide range of disciplines. Geo-information technology, and in particular remote sensing, plays an important role in these multidisciplinary tasks.

EC: 77

Tuition fee: Euro 6,200

NFP eligible: yes

For whom is the course relevant? The course is designed to develop the knowledge and technical skills needed by environmental managers to analyse problems and identify and structure relevant information. Participants learn how to manage projects and work in a multidisciplinary team to solve practical problems in natural resources and environmental management.


During the first three months of the course, you will acquire knowledge and skills in applying of geo-information science and earth observation to environmental management. After this, you will spend four months developing more indepth knowledge and technical skills in order to analyse problems and identify and structure relevant information in selected aspects of natural resources management. You will then put the acquired knowledge and skills into practice during a multidisciplinary group project, which includes fieldwork. In the final two months of the course, you will work on an individual assignment of your own choice. For further details, see our web page at www.itc.nl/education.

What will be achieved? On completion of the Master course, participants will be able to: • apply conceptual and operational knowledge to design and manage processes to solve a problem encountered in professional environmental management practice

• apply appropriate methods for spatial data acquisition, verification and quality control • use geo-information science and earth observation technology to generate, analyse and display spatial data • select and apply relevant and appropriate methods and models for data analysis and problem solving in environmental management • work in multidisciplinary teams to contribute to decision making in environmental management.

Why choose this course? The course offers a unique opportunity to share experiences in environmental management with young scientists and professionals from all over the world. The teaching staff have a wealth of research and practical experience in the application of geo-information science and earth observation in many different environments and in many different countries. You will study in a friendly, multicultural and multidisciplinary environment.

E n v i ro n m e n t a l Imp a ct Asse ssme n t a n d S tra te g ic Envi ronme n t a l A s s e s s m e nt Usin g S p a tia l De cisio n S u p p o rt Tool s

Distance course

Starting / End date: 7 June – 16 July 2010

Study mode and duration: Online 6 weeks

EC: 5

Tuition fee: Euro 500 / 1,000

NFP eligible: yes

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The course introduces participants to environmental impact assessment (EIA) and strategic environmental assessment (SEA). As both EIA and SEA deal with multiple, and often conflicting, objectives, targets and constraints, a wide range of environmental effects and indicators have to be considered. This requires the management and analysis of large amounts of information, and GIS can be a very effective instrument in this respect. Because most environmental assessments involve several alternatives and numerous stakeholders with different views and perceptions, the decision-making process is complex. Transparent and informed decisions have to be taken at several steps in the EIA or SEA process. Spatial decision support tools can help to identify and structure the problem(s), find possible solutions, evaluate the proposed solutions, and monitor and evaluate the development. Through this interactive modelling process, stakeholders can be actively involved in the planning and decision-making process. Furthermore, by using spatial decision support tools in EIA and SEA studies, valuation criteria can be easily changed to illustrate the implications of spatial decisions.

For whom is the course relevant? Although participants may have diverse backgrounds, they should share practical experience of, or an affinity with, the application of EIA and GIS within an environmental context. They may be employed by local or government authorities or line agencies, or be practitioners, reviewers, consultants, experts, students or professionals working in the field of environment.

What will be achieved? On completion of this Distance course, participants should: • understand and be able to apply the steps, procedures and activities in EIA and SEA • be conversant with environmental assessment methods • be able to apply GIS and multicriteria evaluation techniques in EIA and SEA • be able to evaluate the use of spatial decision support tools in EIA and SEA.


Joint Master of Science degree course in Geo-information Science and Earth Observation for Env i ro n m e n t a l M o d e llin g a n d Ma n a g e me n t ( GE M)

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Starting / End date: 6 September 2010 – 2 March 2012

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Study mode and duration: Full-time in Europe 18 months

EC: 120

Tuition fee: Euro 9,500 non EU Euro 3,750

NFP eligible: yes

within the Erasmus Mundus programme. ITC is linked with three European universities: Lund University (Sweden), the University of Southampton (UK), and the University of Warsaw (Poland). For more information: E: info@gem-msc.org I: www.gem-msc.org

Distance course

L e a r n i n g I DL fo r B u ild in g E x p e rt Ap p lica tions in

ENV I Starting / End date: 25 October – 17 December 2010

Study mode and duration: Online 8 weeks

EC: 5

Tuition fee: Euro 500/1,000

NFP eligible: yes

For a description of this course, turn to page 16.

Certificate course

P r i n c i p l e s a n d Ap p lica tio n s o f R e mo te S e nsing

and G I S Starting / End date: 23 September – 17 December 2010

Study mode and duration: Full-time at ITC 12 weeks

EC: 20

Tuition fee: Euro 2,500

NFP eligible: yes

For a description of this course, turn to page 17.

P r i n c ip le s a n d Ap p lica tio n s o f R e mo te Sens i n g a n d G I S i n N a tu ra l R e so u rce s Ma n a g e me n t Joint certificate course in

Starting / End date: 20 September – 17 December 2010

Study mode and duration: Full-time in Ghana 12 weeks

EC: 20

with the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) - Ghana For more information: E: sko86@hotmail.com - Dr Samuel Oppong (KNUST) vanleeuwen@itc.nl - Ir Louise van Leeuwen (ITC) I: www.knust.edu.gh

Tuition fee: Euro 2,500

NFP eligible: yes


Courses

Ur ban p l a n n i n g a n d ma n a g e me n t

Starting / End date: MSc: 13 September 2010 – 2 March 2012 PGD: 13 September 2010 – 10 June 2011

Study mode and duration: MSc: full-time at ITC 18 months PGD: full-time at ITC 9 months

EC: MSc: 118 PGD: 62

Tuition fee: MSc: Euro 9,500 PGD: Euro 4,800

NFP eligible: MSc: yes PGD: yes

The magnitude and dynamics of urbanisation place an enormous burden on organisations responsible for the planning and management of urban regions. The core objectives of urban planning and management are seen as understanding dynamic urban processes and developing effective interventions that contribute to the sustainability of urban development. Geo-information and geo-information technology play a vital role in supporting these objectives.

remote sensing and their application in urban planning and management. Block 2 Urban planning and management: addresses contemporary themes in urban planning and management, with a dual focus on understanding the nature and dynamics of urban regions and on developing and evaluating interventions in multi-stakeholder settings. Subjects dealt with in this block include: • urbanisation processes • urban indicators and monitoring

The MSc degree and Postgraduate diploma courses in Urban Planning and Management integrate knowledge of, and skills in, geo-information technology with current themes in the field of urban planning and management. Themes include urban poverty, urban transport, infrastructure and public services, disaster preparedness and mitigation, urban environmental planning, land use and land tenure, participatory GIS, and spatial planning and decision support systems.

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For whom is the course relevant? Any academically oriented professional who is active in urban planning and management and who uses spatial data in planning and management tasks belongs to the target group, for example, town and district planners, land (policy) officers, infrastructure engineers and environmental planners. The course is also highly relevant for staff at universities and non-governmental organisations in the field of urban planning and management who are interested in the use of geo-information technology. The 18-month MSc course includes a strong research component and leads to an MSc degree. The nine-month Postgraduate course is relevant for those who are interested in the content matter of geo-information technology and urban planning and management but to a lesser extent in the research part and an MSc degree. The Postgraduate diploma course includes Blocks 1 and 2 of the MSc course.

spatial analytical techniques statistics and visualisation conceptual modelling of urban processes data gathering and information supply governance of urban regions planning and management approaches policy processes and policy instruments methods and tools in contemporary planning and management • planning and decision support • scenario development, modelling and scenario analysis. Block 3 Research methods and advanced choice subjects Block 4 MSc thesis research (linked to one of the ITC’s research themes). In Blocks 3 and 4, participants specialise further in their field of interest and deepen knowledge and skills in preparation for the MSc research phase. The individual MSc research takes place in a multidisciplinary research project that is related to one of ITC’s main research themes. The research typically includes fieldwork in a city in a developing country to collect primary and secondary data and information. The nine-month Postgraduate course includes Blocks 1 and 2 of the MSc course and is complemented by an individual project.

What will be achieved? From diploma to degree Participants who have successfully completed the Postgraduate diploma course are eligible to pursue the MSc degree course at a later stage. See page 9 for more information.

What is the course content? The MSc course content is clustered in four blocks: Block 1 Geo-information science and earth observation: focuses on the theory, tools and techniques of GIS and

Both courses aim to improve the knowledge and skills of the course participants in the use of geo-information science for effective task execution and problem solving in urban planning and management. In addition, the MSc course will enable participants to specialise further in current research themes and will give them the opportunity to undertake an independent research project, making effective use of geo-information technology.

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Why choose this course?

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In a recent survey, graduates gave the following reasons for following a course in urban planning and management at ITC: • advanced expertise in geo-information science and remote sensing • relevant contents and tools, reflecting contemporary urban planning practice

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Starting / End date: 27 September 2010 – 2 March 2012

• opportunity to undertake empirical research in developing countries • international environment, with access to Dutch and European experiences. All in all, ITC offers a unique international academic environment for applying geo-information technology within the context of urban planning and management.

Urb a n P la n n in g a n d Ma n a gement

Study mode and duration: Full-time in China 18 months

EC: 118

Tuition fee: Euro 5,780

NFP eligible: yes

with the School of Urban Design of Wuhan University - China For more information: E: yhxiaoitc@126.com - Ms Xiao Yinghui (SUS, Wuhan) sliuzas@itc.nl - Dr Richard Sliuzas (ITC) I: www.whu.edu.cn

Certificate course

A n a l y s i n g a n d Mo n ito rin g Urb a n De v e lo pment

Starting / End date: 4 January – 5 March 2010

Study mode and duration: Full-time at ITC 9 weeks

This course addresses various contemporary themes in urban planning and management and focuses on the application of geo-information technology for understanding the nature and dynamics of urban regions. Contemporary themes addressed in the course are: • land, land use and shelter (planned versus unplanned development) • economic development and urban poverty • infrastructure, transport and service provision • environment: hazards, pollution and solid waste.

EC: 15

Tuition fee: Euro 2,000

NFP eligible: yes

statistics, and apply these in the field of urban planning and management. The course is particularly relevant for those people who are interested in applying geo-information science in monitoring and analysing urban development. Basic knowledge of, and skills in working with, GIS and/or digital image processing of remotely sensed data are required.

What will be achieved? The methods and techniques addressed are: • conceptual modelling and problem analysis • observation and measurement of urban themes and processes (monitoring, indicators) • spatial analytical techniques • social statistics (descriptive and explorative) • visualisation and communication • quality/uncertainty in (spatial) data. This course could be complemented by the subsequent course Spatial Interventions in Urban Planning and Management (see page 42).

For whom is the course relevant? The course is designed for professionals and academics who wish to enhance their knowledge of, and skills in, geoinformation science, spatial analytical techniques and social

On completion of the course, participants should demonstrate knowledge and understanding of: • the different dimensions and components of the urban system and their interrelationships • appropriate methods and techniques of spatial and statistical analysis to gain insight into the nature and dynamics of urban development.


Distance course

L e a r n i n g I D L f o r B u ild in g E x p e rt Ap p lica tio n s i n

ENV I Starting /End date: 25 October – 17 December 2010

Study mode and duration: Online 8 weeks

EC: 5

Tuition fee: Euro 500/1,000

NFP eligible: yes

M a n a g i n g G e o - in fo rma tio n S y ste ms in th e Publ i c Sec t o r Certificate course

Starting / End date: 7 June – 16 July 2010

Study mode and duration: Full-time at ITC 6 weeks

Around the world, significant resources (including human resources and energies) are being mobilised to develop, implement and promote the use of e-government. E-government is generally associated with the administrative reform and modernisation of the public sector. Geographical information systems (GIS) and other geographical technologies are considered crucial in e-government-related transformations. Realistically, e-government should also be seen as an ongoing commitment to improving both the relationship between government and other stakeholders in society, and, crucially, the way in which the governmental machine can be made more effective in providing services to the public and internally coordinating geographical information, knowledge activities and spatial data resources (e.g. for socio-economic purposes, land administration, mapping and urban planning).

For whom is the course relevant? The course is designed for middle and senior managers and professionals working in public sector organisations involved in the management of (geo-)information systems for urban planning and government. This course is also attractive for young and mid-career academics, PhD students and professionals (with a BSc) working in a relevant area.

EC: 10

Tuition fee: Euro 1,500

NFP eligible: yes

What will be achieved? On completion of this course, participants will be able to: • describe the fundamental aspects of the disciplines of information systems and public administration, and recent developments in the literature combining the two disciplines • understand management issues and challenges in implementing and evaluating (geo-)information systems in the public sector • conceptualise how (geo-)information systems could support government objectives and help government agencies to better coordinate their activities and make public policy decisions • specify a range of non-technical factors affecting the diffusion of (geo-)information systems policy in the public sector. Finally, participants should have a comprehensive understanding of the policy debates related to managing GIS in the public sector and be able to use this understanding both in applied work and further research.

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Certificate course

P a r t i c i p a to ry GIS – P rin cip le s a n d Ap p lications

urban planning and management

Starting / End date: 28 June – 16 July 2010

Study mode and duration: Full-time at ITC 3 weeks

Participatory GIS (PGIS) is an established practice in participatory spatial planning and management. It uses the actual spatial information techniques, tools, products and outputs that are appropriate to a participatory approach and in cases for use by “non-professionals”. PGIS applies a variety of information acquisition, analysis and synthesis tools according to their utility for specific local needs. There are exciting research issues in the field of PGIS developments, made more complex and challenging by the inseparability of theory and practice in participatory research topics. This advanced course in PGIS focuses on the following issues: • investigating the ontologies of spatial knowledge, and especially local or indigenous spatial knowledge, in cognitive maps • handling the complex ethical issues of participation in spatial planning • assessing institutional structures for PGIS in planning • exploring the applicability of an array of new technologies, such as mobile GIS and multimedia.

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EC: 5

Tuition fee: Euro 1,000

NFP eligible: yes

For whom is the course relevant? This course is relevant for people who are ambitious to incorporate PGIS concepts and practice into their research work or who wish to find out if PGIS can play a role in it.

What will be achieved? On completion of this course, participants will be able to: • place geo-information issues within the context of participatory spatial planning and management • understand the concepts and importance of local and indigenous spatial knowledge • analyse PSP (participatory strategic planning) and community-based management, including problems and conflicts, stakeholder interests and (good) governance • perform participatory (local-level) spatial data acquisition using PRA (participatory strategic planning) tools, sketch mapping, participatory image interpretation and digital tools such as GPS and mobile GIS • describe spatial relationships appropriate to both research objectives and participatory ethics.

P r i n c i p l e s a n d Ap p lica tio n s o f R e mo te S e nsing

and G I S Starting / End date: 23 September – 17 December 2010

Study mode and duration: Full-time at ITC 12 weeks

EC: 20

Tuition fee: Euro 2,500

NFP eligible: yes

For a description of this course, turn to page 17

S c e n a r i o De v e lo p me n t, S p a tia l P la n n in g Support Sys t e m s a n d C o l l a b o ra tiv e De cisio n S u p p o rt Certificate course

Starting / End date: 7 June – 16 July 2010

Study mode and duration: Full-time at ITC 6 weeks

This course reviews development in geo-information technology and introduces new concepts, methods and tools to enhance the role and use of geo-information in supporting sustainable management of resources. Within this context, contributions will be made to developing and operationalising a framework for planning and decision making to support better management of resources.

For whom is the course relevant? The course is designed for professionals involved and inter-

EC: 10

Tuition fee: Euro 1,500

NFP eligible: yes

ested in the application of GIS, remote sensing and decision science in planning, decision making and the management of scarce resources.

What will be achieved? Participants will learn about concepts, methods and tools for enhancing the role and use of the existing wealth of geo-information, and provide relevant information for supporting better planning and decision-making processes.


Spatial Change and Spatial Interaction Modelling

Starting / End date: 7 June – 25 June 2010

Study mode and duration: Full-time at ITC 3 weeks

This course covers important modelling foundations of urban and regional dynamics and their relation to GIS and remote sensing, in particular for spatial change and spatial interaction analysis. Changes in locations and patterns of human activity in cities and in their hinterland can be characterised through sets of variables that determine the direction, extent and nature of these changes. Such change processes are highly complex because they are the result of the aggregate outcomes of a large number of individuals and organisations interacting with one another and with their environment. In peri-urban areas, urbanisation results in both direct and indirect changes in the use of land. Understanding such processes is essential to achieving sustainable development. Spatial growth (or spatial change) models can be used to better analyse, predict and simulate the likely functional patterns of urban and regional development. Spatial interaction models analyse flows of people and goods between locations, based on the size of (potential) economic activity. Such models are of relevance to the study of optimal service locations and people’s accessibility to economic opportunities, as well as the simulation and forecast of network flows, and can also be used to optimise and manage network throughput

EC: 5

Tuition fee: Euro 1,000

NFP eligible: yes

In this course, participants will learn about spatial interaction theory and models, spatial growth/change models, and the use of detection algorithms for multitemporal remote sensing images to model development, change and expansion in rapidly changing peri-urban regions. Network geography and space syntax are also discussed.

For whom is the course relevant? The course is designed for (urban) planners, geographers, transport planners and engineers.

What will be achieved? On completion of this course, participants will be able to: • explain the theoretic and modelling foundations of urban and regional spatial growth analysis and spatial interaction • describe the strengths and limitations of remote sensing and GIS in modelling spatial change and interaction • describe the functional requirements for a set of advanced modelling tools for spatial growth, change and interaction modelling and analysis • apply models for spatial growth, change and interaction, as well as space syntax.

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S p a t i a l I nte rv e n tio n s in Urb a n P la n n in g and M ana g e m e n t Certificate course

urban planning and management

Starting / End date: 8 March – 7 May 2010

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Study mode and duration: Full-time at ITC 9 weeks

Addressing contemporary themes in urban planning and management, this course focuses on the development and evaluation of effective interventions, making appropriate use of geo-information technology. Themes addressed include: • land, land use and shelter (planned versus unplanned development) • infrastructure, transport and service provision • economic development and urban poverty • environment: hazards, pollution and solid waste. Topics, methods and techniques addressed include: • concepts of urban government and urban policies, traditional and contemporary theory and concepts of urban planning and management in various geographical and political contexts, and participants’ experiences • urban planning and urban policy instruments for economic and sustainable development: land, shelter, infrastructure and environment • stakeholder involvement: stakeholder analysis • methods and techniques of urban planning and management • modelling and scenario development: concept of modelling, types of models, land use modelling, network modelling, accessibility modelling, flood modelling, land usetransport interaction modelling • integrated assessment and evaluation methods, spatial multicriteria evaluation, environmental and social impact assessment, economic appraisal • integrated case study • excursions and guest speakers.

EC: 15

Tuition fee: Euro 2,000

NFP eligible: yes

This course could be combined with the preceding course Analysing and Monitoring Urban Dynamics (see page 38).

For whom is the course relevant? The course is designed for professionals and academics who wish to enhance their knowledge and skills in developing and evaluating spatial interventions in urban planning and management, making appropriate use of geo-information science, and applying methods and techniques for scenario development and evaluation in a multi-actor environment. Basic knowledge of, and skills in working with, GIS and/or digital image processing of remotely sensed data are required.

What will be achieved? On completion of this course, participants will be able to: • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of (a) geoinformation science-based methods and techniques and (b) urban planning processes and policies • use appropriate methods, models and techniques for scenario development • evaluate and assess spatial interventions in a multi-stakeholder environment.


Courses Wat e r re s o u rc e s

Master of Science degree and Postgraduate diploma courses in Geo-information Science and Earth Observation for Wa t e r Re so u rce s a n d E n v iro n me n ta l

M anageme n t Study mode and duration: MSc: full-time at ITC 18 months PGD: full-time at ITC 9 months

Security and sustainable development of our water resources is one of the key problems of the 21st century. Improved water management can make a significant contribution to achieving the Millennium Development Goals. Current international initiatives such as the Global Earth Observation System of Systems 10-Year Implementation Plan have identified earth observation as the key to helping to solve the world’s water problems. The availability of spatial information on water resources will enable closure of the water budget at river basin scales to the point where effective water management as requested by the EU Water Framework Directive is possible. Floods, droughts, water quality, water-ecosystem and soilwater-climate interactions, and the sustainability of water resources are important issues in water resources management and hydrology. Course participants are exposed to developments in geoinformation science and earth observation for assessment, monitoring and prediction purposes in the fields of water resources, hydrology and environmental management.

For whom is the course relevant? The course is designed for young and mid-career professionals involved in water resources, agriculture, irrigation, civil engineering, hydrology, (agro-)meteorology and physical geography who are of BSc or MSc level and preferably have some years of professional experience. Most of our alumni work for ministries of water, irrigation departments, meteorological departments, water authorities, universities or international organisations such as IWMI and UNEP.

What is the course content? The course introduces participants to the use of earth observation and geo-information for quantifying components of the water cycle. Specialisation topics and specific modules are offered in three streams: Environmental Hydrology, Surface Hydrology, and Groundwater Assessment and Modelling. Each stream focuses on a different aspect of water resources and the environment. Participants can also focus on one of these application fields in the MSc research part. Earth observation techniques can be used for water resources assessment and management. In the course, the concepts related to the acquisition of hydrological data from satellite images are explored. The applications of earth

EC: MSc: 118 PGD: 62

Tuition fee: MSc: Euro 9,500 PGD: Euro 4,800

NFP eligible: MSc: yes PGD: yes

observation in flood, recharge, drought, water quality monitoring and climate studies are demonstrated. The Groundwater Assessment and Modelling stream focuses on subsurface processes and the use of spatial models for groundwater assessment and management. The Surface Hydrology stream focuses on water quantity aspects (flooding, agricultural water use, climate) from local to regional scale. Participants with an environmental hydrology orientation study freshwater, wetland and coastal zone interactions and the environmental impacts of water resources projects. Important topics include optical remote sensing of water quality and the modelling of hydro-geochemical data. An option exists to take several modules in the field of water engineering and management at the University of Twente. The Postgraduate diploma course (total duration nine months) concludes with a six-week project assignment. At MSc level, a research project is carried out over a period of six months.

From diploma to degree Participants who have successfully completed the Postgraduate diploma course are eligible to pursue the MSc degree course at a later stage. See page 9 for more information.

What will be achieved? Participants will develop skills in methods and techniques relevant to integrated watershed hydrology, groundwater, surface water and/or environmental hydrology. Case studies and fieldwork play a crucial role, enabling participants to acquire a working knowledge of advanced tools and methods. Through real-life problem-oriented case studies, the course participants will be exposed to problem-solving techniques. Earth observation GIS and modelling software are provided, so participants will be able to apply their skills in their home organisations.

Why choose this course? This course provides a unique opportunity for hydrologists, water resources managers, decision makers and practitioners to combine their experience and (field) knowledge with recent advances in the use of space technology and computational methods for water resources and environmental management. Knowledge gained in the courses can directly support activities in the area of water resources management, environmental monitoring, environmental security, disaster management and sustainable development.

water resources

Starting / End date: MSc: 13 September 2010 – 2 March 2012 PGD: 13 September 2010 – 10 June 2011

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G e o - in fo rma tio n S cie n ce a n d E a rth O bs er v a t i o n i n t w o t op ics Joint master degree course in

Starting / End date: 8 February – 10 December 2010

Study mode and duration: Full-time in Bolivia 44 weeks

EC: 77

Tuition fee: Euro 4,055

NFP eligible: yes

with the Centre for Aerospace Survey and GIS Applications for Sustainable Natural Resources Development, the Universidad Mayor de San Simon (UMSS) - Bolivia For more information: E: clas.itc@clas.umss.edu.bo I: www.clas.umss.edu.bo/

A p p l i c a tio n s o f E a rth Ob se rv a tio n a n d G IS in I nt eg r a t e d Wa t e r R e so u rce s Ma n a g e me n t

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Starting / End date: 18 January – 7 May 2010

Study mode and duration: Full-time in Kenya 16 weeks

EC: 25

Tuition fee: Euro 2,500

NFP eligible: yes

with the Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development, Egerton University - Kenya; and Addis Ababa University Ethiopia For more information: E: korme@rcmrd.org - Dr Tesfay Korme (RCMRD) lieshout@itc.nl - Ir Arno van Lieshout (ITC) I: www.itc.nl or www.rcmrd.org

D i g i t a l Te r ra in Mo d e l E x tra ctio n , P ro ce ssing and Par am e t e r i s a t i o n f o r Hy d ro lo g y Distance course

Starting / End date: 29 November 2010 – 28 January 2011

Study mode and duration: Online 6 weeks

Process-based models are created in order to simulate and understand the relationships between natural processes under certain physical rules and conditions. Models range from very simple 1D models to complex models that involve many parameters and are capable of simulating a 4D environment (x,y,z and time). Recently, many modellers have fully adopted the use of digital terrain models (DTMs) and other thematic maps as part of the input parameters for these hydrological models. Catchment topography has a major impact on the hydrological processes active in the landscape. This course aims to equip participants with the necessary conceptual and practical knowledge to acquire and process DTMs for parameterisation in hydrology.

For whom is the course relevant? This course is relevant for professionals who are engaged in any of the geosciences, natural sciences or engineering sciences and who have a basic knowledge of hydrology, remote sensing, digital image processing and GIS. Employees of (inter)governmental organisations or private companies who intend to follow a degree course later at

EC: 5

Tuition fee: Euro 500/1,000

NFP eligible: yes

ITC can be exempted from the module Digital Terrain Model Extraction, Processing and Parameterisation for Hydrology at ITC by successfully completing this Distance course.

What will be achieved? On completion of this course, participants should be able to: • describe the relevance of a DTM for hydrological studies and modelling in general, and the types of parameters that can be obtained for hydrological and hydraulic modelling in greater detail, as well as how these parameters are used • extract 3D information, process and construct a DTM from points and by contour interpolation, and calculate relevant DTM-based derivatives (1st and 2nd order) and compound indices • import and process DTMs from existing sources (point-, line- and raster-based) • use ILWIS and ARCGIS software for hydrological parameterisation • use remote sensing data for extracting other relevant hydrological parameters (e.g. hydrographs).


L e a r n i n g I n t e r a ctiv e Da ta La n g u a g e IDL fo r Bui l di ng E x p e r t A p p l i c a t i on s in E NVI Distance course

Starting /End date: 25 October – 17 December 2010

Study mode and duration: Online 8 weeks

EC: 5

Tuition fee: Euro 500/1,000

NFP eligible: yes

For a description of this course, turn to page 16.

Certificate course

P r i n c i p l e s a n d Ap p lica tio n s o f R e mo te S e n sin g

and GI S Starting /End date: 23 September – 17 December 2010

Study mode and duration: Full-time at ITC 12 weeks

EC: 20

Tuition fee: Euro 2,500

NFP eligible: yes

water resources

For a description of this course, turn to page 17.

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admission requirements

Admission requirements

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Academic level and background

English language

Postgraduate courses Applicants for the MSc and Master degree and Postgraduate diploma courses and the majority of the Certificate courses should have a Bachelor degree or equivalent from a recognised university in a discipline related to the course, preferably combined with working experience in a relevant field.

As all courses are given in English, proficiency in the English language is a prerequisite. Those who have English as their mother tongue, or were taught in the English language up to university level, 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.

Undergraduate courses Applicants for the Undergraduate diploma course in Geoinfomatics and Certificate courses in Cartography and Geo-Visualisation, Digital Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, GIS Operations, and Introduction to Geoinformatics should have completed their secondary education in a discipline related to the course specialisation and have at least three years of relevant practical experience. Skills in taught or related subjects are a prerequisite for some courses in the Distance education programme and some Certificate courses or separate modules. Even if the applicant satisfies the overall admission requirements, acceptance is not automatic.

Distance courses Participants in Distance education courses are also exempted from an English language test. However, ITC expects their proficiency in the English language to meet the minimum requirements mentioned below. English language tests: minimum requirements

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TOEFL Paper-based Test (PBT) TOEFL Internet-based Test British Council/IELTS Cambridge

Postgraduate courses

Undergraduate courses

550 79-80 6.0 CPE/CAE

500 61 5.5 CPE/CAE

Only internationally recognised test results are accepted.

Computer skills Although introductory lessons on computer skills are scheduled in the degree and diploma programmes, applicants lacking computer experience are strongly advised to follow basic courses in their home countries. Distance courses Applicants for the Distance courses must have elementary computer experience, and internet, e-mail and bulletin board skills.

GIS and remote sensing Some Certificate, Distance courses and individual modules require knowledge of, and skills in, working with GIS and/or digital image processing of remotely sensed data.

Technical requirements distance courses Distance courses require availability of software and hardware. For details, visit www.itc.nl/education.


Application and registration It is possible to apply for all ITC courses online via the ITC website (www.itc.nl/education). As part of the application procedure, you will be asked to upload scanned copies of your highest academic qualifications, proof of English language ability and proof of identity (passport or identity card). You will also be asked to supply information about your educational and employment background, as well as your motivation for following the course. Full instructions and guidance on this procedure are given on the ITC website, but you are advised to have all the necessary scanned documentation and texts ready to upload at the time of initial application. Alternatively, a digital application form in PDF format can be downloaded from the ITC website. This needs to be printed, completed, signed and sent to ITC by conventional post. For those with no internet access, a paper application form can be obtained from the ITC Student Registration Office (education@itc.nl). Candidates are strongly encouraged to use the online application method as it is very much faster than submitting a conventional application form by post. As demand for courses is high and places are limited, it is essential to apply early.

Application deadlines It should be noted that candidates who intend to apply for some form of sponsorship (e.g. Netherlands Fellowship Programme, World Bank Joint Japan Scholarship Programme, International Fellowship Programme of the Ford Foundation, STUNED, European Union, Huygens Scholarship Programme) will be required to adhere to the deadlines imposed by the sponsor, and in many cases these may be as early as nine months before course commencement. “Early bird” deadline Seven months before the starting date of the course: For applicants who wish to apply for fellowships and thus need early notification of admission. Main deadlines Three months before the starting date of the course: For applicants who need a visa to enter the Netherlands. Six weeks before the starting date of the course: For applicants who wish to apply for a Distance course.

Late deadline One month before the starting date of the course: For applicants who do not need a visa and/or do not wish to apply for a fellowship.

Postponement or withdrawal Applicants wishing to postpone participation in a course or wishing to withdraw from a course must notify the Student Registration office as soon as possible, and no later than two months before the commencement of courses longer than three months and no later than one month before the commencement of courses of three months’ duration or shorter. In such cases, the fees paid can be refunded, or credited for attendance at a later date by the same or a different person. If an applicant withdraws at a later date, part of the course fee will be charged in accordance with the general conditions for ITC courses (these conditions are attached to the invoice and are available on the ITC website).

Questions For any urgent questions regarding application or admission, please contact: Student Registration Office T: +31 (0)53 487 44 44 F: +31 (0)53 487 42 59 E: education@itc.nl Office hours: Monday to Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (Central European Time)

application and registration

Application procedures

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Financial matters Tuition fees and additional costs

financial matters

Course Duration MSc degree 18 months Master degree 12 months Postgraduate diploma 9 months Undergraduate diploma 9 months Certificate 3 weeks 6 weeks 9 weeks 10 weeks 12 weeks Distance 6 weeks

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Prices are in euros and are subject to change

Tuition fee 9,500 6,200 4,800 4,800 1,000 1,500 2,000 2,500 2,500 1,000/500***

Additional costs Additional costs cover books and lecture materials, fieldwork, vaccination (for fieldwork), registration fees, residence permit and visa. Costs for these items are charged as a lump sum. Medical insurance, living allowance and accommodation are not included. For more details, see the ITC website and the general conditions for ITC courses. Insurance cover All course participants travelling to ITC are required by law to hold full medical insurance. The visas and residence permits required to travel to the Netherlands will not be issued unless insurance cover can be shown to the embassy. ITC generally arranges a comprehensive insurance cover in advance of arrival at the rates shown above. Participants (generally from European Union countries) holding their own medical insurance and not requiring additional cover need not purchase this additional cover.

*** Tuition fee for Distance courses Euro 1,000: participants who reside in, or are nationals of, a non-ODA (OECD approved List of Recipients of Official Development Assistance) country. Euro 500: participants who reside in, or are nationals of, an ODA country.

Additional costs* 2,450 2,150 1,600 1,100 125 125 125 125 145 n.a.

Insurance cover** 730 490 370 370 50 90 130 130 130 n.a.

Minimum living allowance 14,850 9,900 7,425 7,425 650 1,220 1,790 1,980 2,360 n.a.

Accommodation and living costs Accommodation and living costs in the Netherlands are estimated at a minimum of Euro 825 per month. For instance, participants funded by the Dutch government (NFP fellowship) receive Euro 970 per month for accommodation and living costs. The figures shown in the table above are approximate values based on the nominal course duration and the minimum monthly living allowance. The rates are calculated on a daily basis of approximately 27 euros. The accommodation cost of approximately 13.25 euros has to be paid out of this sum. A more accurate indication of the sum required will be given on a formal invoice and will be based on the period of stay and the minimum monthly living allowance rate in effect at the time.

Payment conditions The tuition fee, additional costs and health insurance premium are to be fully paid in advance to cover the total duration of the course. The general conditions for ITC courses apply. Please visit www.itc.nl to see the general conditions. If the individual study period has to be extended, an additional payment must be made before the extension period begins.


Fellowships After admission, a student needs to secure funding. For your convenience, we have listed the most important fellowship programmes for ITC course participants on our website (www.itc.nl/education/fellowships). Indicate in the fellowship database the country of which you are a national and an overview of fellowship programmes is produced that may be of interest to you.

Important note: In most cases procedures are lengthy, so make sure your application is sent in early.

Courses offered by ITC are eligible for different fellowships. Consult the individual websites of fellowship programmes to learn more about criteria and eligibility guidelines for specific fellowships. Additional information about fellowships can be found at www.studyin.nl.

Application for a fellowship is a procedure totally separate from the application for course entry and is entirely your own responsibility. ITC plays no part in the process of securing a fellowship.

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The website Study in Holland (www.studyin.nl) is the most comprehensive source of information on living and studying in the Netherlands. The website provides information on finance (funding, living expenses), the Dutch education system, the Netherlands, food, climate and cultural issues.

fruit, vegetables, meat and fish, but also leatherware, clothes, music and Mediterranean delicacies. For more information about Enschede: http://cms3.enschede.nl/en/welkom/.

Prepare your stay abroad The city of Enschede Enschede, a distinctive, modern and lively university town well used to welcoming international students lies on the eastern border of the Netherlands. Its immediate surroundings offer some remarkable spots of natural beauty and tranquillity, while excellent connections to Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris, London and Berlin make it an ideal centre of operations. Shopping in Enschede Besides the familiar large department stores, a number of specialist shops can be found in the city centre. Every Tuesday and Saturday is market day on the spacious Van Heekplein. On Saturday, the busiest day, there are no less than 160 market stalls selling quality goods: not only fresh

ITC representatives Applicants can contact the local ITC representative in their own country for details on studying at ITC and on living in the Netherlands. For contact details, visit www.itc.nl/education. Netherlands education support offices The Netherlands education support offices serve as an information channel, and support and liaise with the academic communities of the Netherlands and of the country in which they are situated. For contact details, visit www.nuffic.nl. Visa, MVV and residence permits Foreign students who wish to study at ITC in the

practical information and facilities

Practical information and facilities

fellowships

Please note that the recipt of an ITC letter of provisional admission in no way constitutes an offer of a study fellowship. It simply indicates that you have been found eligible to join the course.


Netherlands need to go through Dutch immigration procedures. Depending on how long you are going to stay, you may need: • a short-stay visa/tourist visa • authorisation for a temporary stay.

practical information and facilities

Short-stay visa/tourist visa For a stay of less than three months, you need a short-stay visa (Visum Kort Verblijf), depending on your nationality.

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Authorisation for temporary stay If you are staying longer than three months, you need authorisation for a temporary stay (Machtiging tot Voorlopig Verblijf (MVV)). The regular application procedure for an MVV may take three to six months, sometimes even longer. ITC will apply for an MVV on your behalf using a fast-track procedure of approximately three to four weeks. Residence permit If you are staying longer than three months, ITC will assist you in applying for a residence permit. ITC will also assist you in registering at the local town hall after your arrival in the Netherlands. More information on visas, MVV and residence permits can be found at www.studyin.nl. Insurances All residents of the Netherlands are obliged by Dutch law to have health insurance. Those course participants receiving fellowships from the Dutch government or international organisations will be automatically covered by (partial) insurances for health, liability, luggage, household contents, emergency assistance, accidental death and dismemberment for the duration of their study at ITC. All course participants with other financial arrangements are strongly recommended to use the full insurance cover of Aon Consulting, The Hague. For more information about this insurance, see www.myaon.nl/students.

Course participants from the European Union should apply for a European Health Card in their own country. The cover offered by this insurance card is very limited. They are strongly recommended to use the health insurance of Aon Consulting, The Hague, in combination with the insurance for liability, luggage, household contents, emergency assistance, accidental death and dismemberment.

Accommodation and facilities Accommodation ITC provides accommodation in well-furnished rooms or apartments at the ITC International Hotel (IIH) as an integral component of a study at ITC. The hotel and its annexes are located in the centre of Enschede, close to the ITC main building and close to the railway station, shopping centre, market and post-office. Additional facilities include a 24hour reception, a self-service laundry, a bar operated by the student union, and other recreation areas. All rooms have an internet connection and the hotel lobby is equipped with an internet café with four computers. ITC course participants can use these computers to check and send emails. Use is free of charge. Course participants from outside the European Union are in principle obliged to make use of the accommodation provided by ITC to meet the requirements of the Dutch code of conduct for international students. Course participants from the European Union are free to seek their own accommodation. Furthermore, PhD students may seek accommodation elsewhere after six months. As ITC subsidises the IIH accommodation, bookings at the subsidised rate apply to the entire course period. Course participants that wish to seek non-ITC-provided accommodation should do so before the start of the course. For more information, visit www.itc.nl/iih. Meals From Monday to Friday, a variety of moderately priced meals and snacks are available at lunchtime from the selfservice restaurant on the ground floor of the ITC building. Course participants living in single rooms at the International Hotel can make use of common kitchens; those living in apartments have small individual kitchens (crockery, cutlery and kitchen utensils to be provided by the occupant). State-of-the-art computer facilities Computers play an essential role in ITC’s courses, and basic lessons are offered on computer skills. Most courses also include modules on GIS, remote sensing and modelling, where the use of computers is indispensable. Special computer clusters are open to course participants from 7:30 to 22:30 hrs Monday to Thursday, from 7:30 to 21:00 hrs on Friday, and from 9:00 to 17:00 hrs on Saturday. All course participants have full access to the internet, including a personal lifelong e-mail account.


The library also houses a language laboratory for those who want to improve their English language skills. Visit our library at www.itc.nl/library. GeoScience laboratory The GeoScience laboratory at ITC provides services in the field of education and research activities. The laboratory is equipped with a wide range of instrumentation for spectrometric infra-red determinations of minerals, soils and vegetation, inorganic geochemical water and soil analysis, and sample preparation.

ITC notebook programme ITC course participants have the opportunity to buy a stateof-the-art notebook computer at a very competitive price. The notebook comes with a three-year international warranty plus accidental damage insurance. If any software or hardware problems are experienced during the stay at ITC Enschede, the ITC Notebook Service Centre will provide assistance. More information about the notebook programme is available on www.itc.nl/education/student_life/facilities.aspx Library The ITC library supports the primary processes of the Institute by ensuring adequate provision of, and efficient end-use access to, useful scientific material. The ITC library creates an environment in which course participants can learn how to study and conduct research in an independent way. The introduction of information technology into the educational system lessens the difference between knowledge transfer from teacher to course participant and information supply. The influence of information supply on the quality of the primary processes is greater than before. The library supports and can contribute to the entire study process. In this educational environment, the library offers some basic facilities: individual and group study areas with and without multimedia PCs, and convenient opening hours for course participants.

In the laboratory, ITC students can receive hands-on training in analytical determinations to help them to understand analytical procedures and the quality of their analytical data, to help them to optimalise sample collection methods and sample analysis by their team workers in the field or laboratory, and to help them to choose appropriate analytical instrumentation and procedures for their work. Within ITC’s research activities, the GeoScience laboratory can be used to validate existing analytical datasets and generate additional analytical data.

department

The aim of the library literacy lectures and workshops is to provide course participants with a body of knowledge, practice and experience in the optimal exploitation of the library and its information resource applications and tools. Information literacy competencies include recognising the need for information, accessing information from appropriate sources, developing skills in using information technologies, critically analysing and evaluating information, organising and processing information, applying information for effective and creative decision making, and generating and effectively communicating information and knowledge.

practical information and facilities

Locally and globally networked resources such as catalogues, scientific databases and electronic journals are available from the library website. Increasingly, the information is available in digital form.

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Medical facilities A general practitioner group is on hand to offer initial medical counselling. Student Affairs office The Student Affairs office is the first port of call for course participants when questions arise. The Student Affairs officers support course participants during their stay at ITC and are a veritable mine of information. They offer a comprehensive service, covering such matters as residence permits, social and cultural matters, emergencies at home, consular affairs and general student information. Extracurricular activities An elected Student Association Board (SAB) represents the student body on academic and non-academic issues and organises social activities.

ITC alumni

Outside study hours, course participants can relax together in the Schermerhorn Lounge at the International Hotel, enjoy regular social events and exchange cultural experi-

ences. Excursions are arranged to major tourist attractions in the Netherlands and neighbouring countries. Sports enthusiasts will be in their element, with modern facilities available for indoor soccer, basketball, badminton, volleyball, fitness, squash, etc. Three yearly events that attract considerable interest and are a great deal of fun are the international cultural evening, when course participants perform traditional musical and dance routines from their home countries; the annual sports day, which brings together competitors from all the international education institutes throughout the Netherlands; and the international food festival, when course participants prepare traditional gourmet dishes for anyone within the ITC community to try. More information about studying in the Netherlands can be found at www.studyin.nl.

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It may be one, 10 or even 60 years since they left, but ITC’s former students still have a strong bond with the Institute and the Netherlands, and still keep in touch with ITC and friends from their student days. ITC alumni belong to a worldwide community of over 20,000 individuals, who together form an extensive network of international contacts, a network that includes United Nations organisations, universities, research groups, resources survey and map production services, and various international professional associations. There are many reasons for alumni to stay in touch with ITC and fellow alumni, and the opportunities to do so are many and various: • ITC provides alumni with opportunities to expand their base of knowledge and to access refresher courses and short tailor-made training

• contact details of alumni can be found on the secure ITC website • social and business events are organised throughout the world • in many countries there are ITC alumni associations that organise all kinds of professional and social activities • alumni have access to the ITC (digital) library and the services of the library staff • alumni accounts are free personal e-mail accounts offered by ITC for life. They serve as a means of facilitating the communication between alumni and ITC. For more information about the ITC alumni network, visit www.itc.nl/alumni.


What’s ITC

all about?

join a network of 20,000 alumni! • One of the world’s foremost education and research establishments in the field of geo-information science and earth observation • Dedicated scientific staff with a diverse range of expertise • A unique programme structure • Flexible modular educational programmes to meet your individual training needs • A personal approach • State-of–the-art computer facilities • Inspiration and information from the library • Modern comfortable accommodation • A multicultural environment with staff and participants from over 175 countries • Close links with Dutch universities in the field of MSc and PhD research • Enschede, a friendly atmosphere in a peaceful setting

While every effort has been made to ensure that the information contained in this brochure is accurate at the date of publication (July 2009), all matters covered may be subject to change from time to time, both before and after a student has registered.

Prospective participants are strongly advised to check our website (www.itc.nl/education) for any revisions to this brochure.

Photos cover and pages 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 25, 26, 46, 47, 48, 50 and 51 copyright Gerard Kuster Other photos and images: Courtesy ITC students and staff


Education Education 2010 - 2011

Degree, diploma and certificate programmes in Geo-information Science and Earth Observation

International Institute for Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) P.O. Box 6 7500 AA Enschede The Netherlands T: +31 (0)53 487 44 44 F: +31 (0)53 487 44 00 E: pr@itc.nl I: www.itc.nl

At ITC, online, or with partner institutes worldwide

Admission and information educational activities ITC - Student Registration Office hours: 9:00 am - 17:00 pm (Central European Time) Monday to Friday T: +31 (0)53 487 44 44 F: +31 (0)53 487 42 59 E: education@itc.nl More detailed information about education at ITC can be found on our web pages at:

www.itc.nl/education

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