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Dear all

Its really surprise to me maybe to you as well

Have you ever seen such a course

that is run in 3 different countries of Europe

United Kingdom, Sweden, and The Netherlands

And field work in Czech Republic


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Geo-information Science and Earth Observation for Environmental Modelling and Management (GEM)



Four renowned European institutes

formed a consortium and offer you a unique:


Master of Science (MSc) course


Geo-information Science and Earth

Observation for Environmental

Modelling and Management (GEM)


starting in September 2005


The new course is one of the best opportunities in its field in Europe, and has applied for European Union "Erasmus Mundus" status and accompanying scholarships.


It is run sequentially by:


the University of Southampton (United Kingdom)

Lund University (Sweden)

the University of Warsaw (Poland).

the International Institute for Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation ITC (the Netherlands)


It combines the best elements from these institutes into one course. World renowned faculty from the four Universities, as well as visiting scholars, teach this course.


We are inviting applications from highly motivated and high quality BSc graduates and professionals from all over the world.





Edited by Madhu

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Growing population densities are leading to land scarcity and widespread changes in land use. Human activities are resulting in environmental problems such as deforestation, overgrazing, and the depletion and contamination of land and water resources. To solve these problems and ensure that future generations can enjoy the benefits of the Earth's resources, improved management of these resources is needed. Planners, managers, policy makers and researchers alike need to understand the complexity of factors involved. They acquire and interpret the required data and work together with professionals from other disciplines. Geo-information technology, and particularly remote sensing, plays an important role in these tasks. A set of skills in this field continues to be in great demand in industry, government and NGOs.


The new MSc course Geo-information Science and Earth Observation for Environmental Modelling and Management will suitably qualify you for both scientific and non-scientific employment in the public sector (research institutes, municipalities, central and regional government services), the private sector, and all combinations of both.


Who are you?

You may be professionally employed, or have recently graduated from a university with a BA or BSc degree in rural and environmental planning, geography, natural resources, agriculture, forestry, geo-information science, geology, water resources or related topics. Your fellow students may have very different backgrounds. Geo-information Science and Earth Observation for Environmental Modelling and Management is a world-class Master's course and will attract the most highly motivated students from around the world.


What will you learn?

The aim of the course is to develop a critical understanding of technical and scientific tools, together with excellent management abilities and personal skills. On completion of the Master's course, you will have acquired general scientific competencies and skills, and a thorough awareness of, and analytical capability in, the environmental science fields. You will understand and be fully versed in geographical information management and IT tools; you will also be familiar with project and programme management and be able to apply problem-solving abilities in a new environment. In addition, you will have developed personal leadership, negotiation and communication skills, and you will be equipped with cultural sensitivity and an ability to operate in different cultural and linguistic settings.


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Course structure and content


Starting date and duration

The 18-month course for the academic year 2005-2006 will start in September 2005.


Course structure

The total duration of the course is 18 months. This corresponds to 120 ECTS course credits. The course is organised in 15 modules, all linked through the common geo-information and environment theme. The modules are given in three of the four institutes sequentially: you start at Southampton University, where you stay for 17 weeks, then move to Lund University for 19 weeks, and finally study at ITC for 42 weeks, which includes the modules given by the University of Warsaw and fieldwork in the Czech Republic.


You will spend significant time in three Northern Europe countries, i.e. the United Kingdom, Sweden and the Netherlands. This offers you a unique opportunity to become acquainted with the academic, social and cultural diversity of Europe.


All periods involve at least two institutes in team teaching so that the contribution of each institute to the entire programme is approximately one third. To increase flexibility and to allow for variation in previous knowledge and areas of interest, several elective modules are included in the course. The course is taught in English.


Course content

You are taught by staff of international repute, using real-world case studies that involve solving problems by applying solid theoretical knowledge, modern technology and management techniques. The course integrates technical skills from various disciplines (including environmental science, remote sensing and GIS) with management and policy. Problem-based teaching methods challenge you to think through and solve problems. In particular, the teaching is designed to develop competencies to bridge the gap between information production and information use. In general, you are trained to work both in groups and on an individual basis. Each module focuses on several specific skills. You are challenged to solve complex problems by combining theoretical knowledge and practical skills, as well as technical aspects and sound environmental management.


Non-academic agencies such as Ordnance Survey, WWF, IUCN, government planning agencies and industrial partners will provide an important input to the course through sustained visits, guest lectures and case studies. In addition, you will be offered links to existing research programmes and contacts with top researchers from the four institutes.


Module Title Location

1 Introduction to geo-information for environmental modelling and management Southampton University, UK

2 Introduction to GIS and remote sensing Southampton University, UK

3-6 Remote Sensing of Land; Remote Sensing of Oceans; Environmental Management; Tutorial Module Southampton University, UK

7 Geographical information systems, advanced course Lund University, Sweden

8 System dynamics/analysis Lund University, Sweden

9 GIS/RS in distributed environmental modelling Lund University, Sweden

10 MSc research concepts and skills ITC, the Netherlands

11 Field work / project work ITC, the Netherlands / Fieldwork in the Czech Republic

12 Research proposal writing ITC, the Netherlands

13 Elective ITC, the Netherlands

14 Elective ITC, the Netherlands

15 MSc thesis ITC, the Netherlands



On fulfilling the conditions and passing the examinations, you will be awarded an MSc degree in Geo-information Science and Earth Observation with a specialisation in Environmental Modelling and Management.



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Fees and funding


Fees Tuition fee Accommodation, meals,

estimated at:

European citizens 7,500 680

Non-European citizens 9,500 680

Prices are in Euros and are subject to change.




Places are available to full-fee-paying students and to students who have obtained fellowships (see http://www.studyin.nl/).


To confirm the top quality of the course the Consortium has applied to the European Union (EU) for Erasmus Mundus status and accompanying scholarships for non European students.


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