Geospatial Technologies support a wide range of business, environmental and government decisions. However, there is a worldwide lack of qualified professionals capable of creating and using these technologies. Putting points on a map is not enough; society needs professionals who create new applications, methodologies and solutions. The career opportunities in the Geospatial Technologies sector have been highlighted by the United States Department of Labor.
Geospatial Technologies is an interdisciplinary area that bridges informatics and geosciences. Graduates of the international Master degree program apply and develop computer-supported solutions to spatially related problems (global, regional, local). The degree program provides specialized knowledge in:
- Fundamentals of Geographic Information
- Web and Server technologies
- Geographic Information Science
- Informatics and applied Mathematics.
The following core competences are provided by regular or additional courses:
- English language
- Research methods
- Creative and critical thinking for problem-solving decision-making and responsibility
- Fortification of competences and cognitive skills
- Students’ own initiative
- Capacity for team work
- Presentation of results (oral, written)
- Practical experience
- Multi-cultural competencies.
The geospatial information and technology fields are inherently based on international cooperation in business and research. Therefore, this international Master program was created to qualify students for an international professional career in private, governmental or academic sectors. All students study in at least two European countries, English is the language of instruction, and students gain multicultural experience interacting with other students from European and non-European countries.
Experts in Geospatial Technologies work in a wide variety of professional fields. These include regional planning, ecological planning, marketing, minerals prospection, and transportation. Some of these experts also choose to continue their graduate studies indisciplines as varied as cognitive science, public health and meteorology. Accepted students come from very different fields however in general they have in common a deep interest in spatial decision-making activities, as well as basic technical skillsDuring the first two semesters they acquire a diverse set of skills that they then apply within their Master thesis.