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Applied Geo-Information: Naturally Geographic


How can technology make a smart contribution to the (future) challenges of particular cities, both nationally and internationally?
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Study duration
20 weeks
Learning path

About the programme

How can technology make a smart contribution to the (future) challenges of particular cities, both nationally and internationally?

In this programme we look at major developments in cities and challenges we face in keeping the city liveable and attractive. The aim is to provide insight in the major challenges faced by selected cities using geo-information and data.

As part of the programme, you will work on a number of individual assignments, and an interdisciplinary project with fellow students. In the project, you and your colleagues will work on a real-life urban challenge in a selected city.

Topics covered are:

  • World urbanization
  • 3D geo information/Digital Twins
  • Citizen participation
  • Virtual Reality
  • Creating Dashboards
  • Sensor technology

In addition, Smart Cities has one or more field trips abroad to view and experience the topics in the real world.

During the programme, you are also free to select a combination of different elective courses. Examples are:

  • Remote Sensing (satellite image interpretation)
  • Spatial Decision Modelling
  • LIDAR (point clouds)
  • Serious Gaming
Course description Naturally Geographic

Learning goals

During the exchange programme Applied Geo-information: Smart Cities students will learn how to use various analytical tools and methods to gain insights in urban challenges, and how to translate their findings into tangible information products for the end-user.

Admission requirements

  • Basic knowledge about the use of geographical information systems (GIS) is a requirement. Teaching materials are available to update your knowledge if required 
  • Enrolling students must be able to demonstrate excellent ability to work independently, make decisions and put together their own curriculum.  
  • The relevance of the applicant’s background will be assessed during an intake interview with the course coordinator, based on a motivation letter and CV.  
  • English skills at level B2 (more information can be found via the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). 
  • During classes and practicals you will use your own laptop. This course uses graphics software that is only available for Microsoft Windows. You cannot use an Apple MacBook for this. Recommended system requirements: Processor Intel Core i5 or AMD Ryzen 5, graphic card NVIDIA GeForce, 16GB internal memory.

How to apply as an exchange student

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