In 2022, the research assignment of two of our students on spatial monitoring of warehouses in the Netherlands was featured in the NRC National newspaper (in Dutch and you need a NRC subscription to read), but you can freely access the summary posted by DeltaMetropool (the internship host). We are very proud that our students and program are contributing to such important discussions in our society. Thank you Carlijn and Thomas!

GI minor research featured on National news.

“As a student from a policy engineering background I have learned that many of today’s challenges are spatially related. The courses from the GI Minor allowed me to use GIS techniques to tackle these problems and approach them in an interdisciplinary way.”

Floris Boendermaker – GI Minor Student

‘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

GI Minor Student Herman Rietema (2017/2018) featured on AT5 coverage presenting his case study investigation regarding location suitability for young families in Amsterdam.

GI minor Case study work featured on AT5

“With knowledge of geo-information you can make the information of your own area of expertise more significant by being able to recognize structures and patterns.”

Theo Thewessen, director, Geodan

“There is a need for T-shaped people, people who have knowledge of two disciplines and who can make out the intersection. If geo-information is one of those disciplines, you’ll have a unique combination in your skillset.” 

Jan Willem van Eck, director of strategy, Esri Nederland

“I expect that the demand for highly educated employees in geo-information will rise sharply. On the one hand due to the aging labor market and on the other hand due to the increased call for the use geo-information to enhance corporate processes.”

Peter Hoogwerf, director, Kadaster

“Voor het analyseren en visualiseren van bijvoorbeeld satellietinformatie en klimaatverandering is kennis van innovatieve geo-informatietechnieken cruciaal.”  

Frits Brouwer, hoofddirecteur KNMI