Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation [ITC]


Website: http://www.itc.nl/

The Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation of University of Twente, better known as ITC, is the largest body of international higher education in the country. The aim of ITC’s activities is the international exchange of knowledge, focusing on capacity building and institutional development. ITC is involved in research, education and capacity building. ITC is especially active in the fields of disaster management, environmental assessment, climate change, sustainable agriculture, food security, biodiversity, water management, land use planning and land administration.
With 250 staff members, more than 20.000 alumni and more than 10 partnership programs, ITC has a worldwide presence and an extensive network in geo-information and related fields.

Main tasks:
Lead of WP2

ITC is involved in many international capacity building projects covering a large part of the GEO SBAs with a focus on developing countries. These projects are carried out with funding from different origins: bilateral, EC, multilateral, World Bank, UN organizations, local government, etc. ITC participates in GEO-related FP7 projects, such as GEONetCab, CEOP-AEGIS (water), Agricab (agriculture), EO2HEAVEN (health) and initiatives that are relevant to the GEO process, such as the TIGER and DRAGON capacity building programmes and GEONETCast.

Staff Members:

  • Prof. Dr. Andrew Skidmore. Head of the Department of Natural Resources and Research Manager. Skidmore is also Programme Coordinator for the GEM EMMC, as well as five Action 2 EM ECWs. Skidmore is partner in EU FP6 and FP7 research projects, and coordinated projects from the Netherlands Science Organization (NWO). He has successfully graduated 33 PhD candidates. Has authored 160 ISI journal articles and 17 book chapters. H-factor (ISI=25, Google=38). Winner of 9 international science prizes. Editorial Board member for 3 ISI journals. Postgraduate (PhD and MSc) coursework teaching in remote sensing applications, environmental GIS, spatial statistics, spatial ecology. Activities in research are related to habitat monitoring under fragmentation and climate change.
  • Dr. Iris van Duren: Assistant Professor at ITC for more than 13 years. Experience in a wide range of Earth observation applications in the field of Natural Resources Management. Involved in education at MSc and PhD level. Research experience in the field of wetland restoration, biodiversity, biomass and carbon mapping and sustainable energy production. Consulting activities were mainly contract teaching jobs.
  • Raymond Nijmeijer. Lecturer in the Department of Natural Resources. Coursework teaching in Natural Resources Management and Geo-information Science & Earth Observation for Environmental Modelling and Management. Experience with various educational delivery mechanisms like face to face teaching, blended learning, distance education in various settings (in-house, jointly with partners, tailor-made but also in EU projects, such as Leonardo Da Vinci and Tempus). He is Erasmus Mundus course coordinator for the Iran, Iraq, Yemen Action 2 programme, coordinates the University's participation in the EM programme for Regional Asia and has undertaken wide-ranging consulting and advisory service work in Europe, Africa and Asia.
  • Bert Boer. Senior project officer involved in several FP7 projects. Expertise in capacity building: policy development, application of strategic planning, organization analysis and strengthening, curriculum development, implementation of monitoring and evaluation systems, teacher training, coaching, on the job training.

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