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Applied Geo-information: Smart Cities


How can technology make a smart contribution to the (future) challenges of certain cities, in the Netherlands 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 certain cities, in the Netherlands and internationally?  

In this programme, we will consider significant developments in cities and the challenges we face in keeping cities liveable and attractive. The aim is to provide insight into the significant challenges faced by selected cities, using geo-information and data.  

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

The course will cover the following topics: 

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

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

During the programme, you are also free to select a combination of elective courses, such as: 

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

The cost of approximately €400 is for one or more field trips. 

Course description Smart Cities 2022-2023

Learning goals

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

Admission requirements

  • Basic knowledge about the use of geographical information systems (GIS) is required. 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).

How to apply as an exchange student

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