The National Geo Information Minor offers the possibility to deepen your knowledge of the application of geo information within your own field of study or interests. You can choose from several specializations at 6 universities and a wide range of internships at corporations and government bodies.
The use of geo information has seen a huge rise in a growing number of domains. Economy (geomarketing), ICT, policy, health care, spatial planning and urban renewal are just a few examples.
Six universities have cooperated closely with companies and government bodies to develop the National GI Minor. For more information go to www.nationalegiminor.nl.
Required courses are:
This course provides you with insight into the different ways of gathering geo data and teaches you a structural method of appraising its applicability. You prepare geo data to be used for geographic analysis and visualization.
Geographic Analysis and Visualization:
In this course you gain knowledge of spatial analysis and visualization. The case study is focused on the optimal selection of location. Students compare scenarios using spatial multicriteria analysis in pairs. In the final stage the results are visualized in a web environment.
Students conclude the National GIS Minor with a preconceived, individual research project in the domain of spatial information. The research project is completed with a report and a presentation in front of a panel.
The recommended electives are:
For specific information about each course, please visit our study guide.
This minor is accessible to BSc students with the introductory GIS course in their curriculum. Contract students are welcomed as well.
VU-students can find information on taking a minor at VUnet (log on with your VUnet-ID).
Please see the application procedure for more information.
“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
“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
“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 the other hand due to the increased call for the use geo-information to enhance corporate processes.”
Peter Hoogwerf, director Geo- and Real Estate information and Advice Kadaster
“At Dutch Water Authority Rivierenland I wasn’t ‘just an intern’, even before my final presentation they were looking for ways to incorporate my research results in their organization.”
Dymphie Burger, Dutch Water Authority Rivierenland
“During my internship at Kadaster I was placed at a dynamic, internationally orientated department. I was given free reign to do an interesting research project with good guidance that taught me a lot.”
Derek van Bochove, Kadaster Internationaal
“By taking part in the GI Minor I met a lot of passionate people; people with an infectious passion to make systems run more efficiently and provide others with a better overview.”
Monique Spruijt, FaciliDat
'The National GI Minor at the VU University allowed me to positively change my perspection 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.'
1 semester (30 EC)