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GIS Operation

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Language of education
English (100%)
12 weeks
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Netherlands Government
Type of institution
Research University

Program description

This course is designed particularly for staff responsible for implementing geographical information production at national and regional agencies, local authorities and private companies.

The growing global interest in spatial information in all sectors calls for properly qualified personnel. Through providing appropriate training, this course meets the increasing demand to acquire, process and utilize geo-information data. Building and managing spatial databases and performing analysis by using tools embedded in GIS and database management systems (DBMS) are core activities in this course. GIS tools provide specific functionalities for spatial data input, processing, analysis and output, while DBMS tools provide more advanced functionality for storing and managing large spatial databases.

This course provides participants with the theoretical background and practical training necessary to gain the skills required to integrate the two sets of tools for purposes of spatial data analysis and spatial database management. In addition, participants acquire the basic programming skills to customize the GIS interface and develop functions not yet available or embedded.

To equip the participant with conceptual and practical knowledge of databases and Geographic Information System (GIS) tools/operations. The course focuses on functions for spatial data input and storing, processing, and analysis.

Instruction modes
Lectures, practical exercises and workshops.

Principles of programming; Spatial databases; Spatial analysis; Use and development of web mapping application.

About the University of Twente

The University of Twente focuses on the development of technology and its impact on people and society. It offers bachelor, master and postgraduate programs in the field of Technology, Behavioral and Social Sciences. University of Twente students are always encouraged to look beyond the boundaries of their own field and establish links with other disciplines.

High tech, human touch. This is what characterizes the University of Twente. Some 3,300 scientists and other professionals working together on cutting-edge research, innovations with real-world relevance and inspiring education for more than 9,000 students. The enterprising university encourages students to develop an entrepreneurial spirit and is a partner of Knowledge Park Twente.

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Admission requirements

Previous education

University entrance level in mathematics for all options. Basic knowledge on image data, map projections, data formats, databases.

Professional experience

Several years of work experience in relevant field is recommended.

Language requirements

IELTS overall band: 5.5, TOEFL computer based: 173, TOEFL internet based: 61, TOEFL paper based: 500, CAE: C1, CPE: C2


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