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The National GI Minor allows students to develop their skills in Geographic Information Science and focuses on learning by doing. The students are challenged to become independent researchers as they design and carry out various research assignments supervised by experts in the GI field. A highlight of the minor is a 2 month internship at a societal host (company or government) where students help the host answer geographic questions using spatial data and technology.

The GI Minor was created by 5 universities (VUA, UU, WUR, TUD, UT) and is currently being offered by VUA and UU.

Is the GI Minor for you? check the why page.

“Er komen steeds meer diensten die gebaseerd zijn op locatie-informatie, de computerkracht en beschikbaarheid van data is oneindig. We hebben mensen nodig die deze data toegankelijk en daarmee toepasbaar kunnen maken.”

Marcel Timmer, Microsoft

‘The National GI Minor at the VU University allowed me to positively change my perspective of geo-information science. Having done only two preliminary GIS courses, the minor offered a significant opportunity to grasp the concepts and foundations of modern day GIS. A distinct variety of topics covered in the seminars has notably broadened my skills and thinking. Some seminars and projects were quite challenging, yet the available assistance boosted my confidence with the technical aspects, which I admired. The lecturers are friendly, open-minded and willing to discuss potential critique the students have and take this into consideration when assessing next years course structure. All in all, an insightful opportunity to get familiar, confident and experienced with GIS.’

Paolo Tasseron, GI Minor student 2017/18