International Institute for Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC)
The International Institute for Geo-Information Science and Earth
Observation was established in 1950 and is usually referred to as ITC
because of its original name, the International Training Centre for Aerial
Survey. Based in Enschede, in the east of the Netherlands, it is the largest
institute of international education in the country.
Geo-information science and earth observation consist of a combination of
tools and methods for the collection, storage and processing of geospatial
data, and for the dissemination and use of these data and of services based
on these data.
The Institute, headed by its rector, has some 130 scientific staff of more
than 30 nationalities in six scientific departments that cover its knowledge
field. There are also a number of support departments. The Institute fulfils
its mission through deploying its staff in three core processes: research,
education and project services.
The Institute aims to provide international education through knowledge
exchange. Underpinning this mission is the international recognition of the
Institute as a centre of excellence in its knowledge field and its position
as a node in an international knowledge network. Its mission is
substantially directed at capacity building and institutional development
for and in countries that are economically and technologically less
developed. Its approach embodies a two-way gateway between the Netherlands
and less developed countries for knowledge and experience.