land administration

A critical success factor in economic growth, food security, nature conservation and poverty reduction

Land is at the basis of all societies and land policy regulates the access to land and the management of land. A sound land policy is a critical success factor in economic growth, food security, nature conservation, the protection of vulnerable groups, poverty reduction and housing. Land policy and land policy instruments determine how a government can provide access to land, offer tenure security, regulate the land market, implement land reform, protect the environment, and levy land taxes. Such tasks become even more challenging in post-conflict or post-disaster areas, and where government systems are in transition.

Applying relevant principles of business administration and information technology, the course provides theoretical and practical knowledge and expertise in building a viable land administration organization.

For whom is the course relevant?

The MSc degree course is designed for young and mid-career professionals involved or likely to be involved in developing land administration systems from an academic, managerial, technical and operational perspective. A substantial part of the course is dedicated to information technology and information management for land administration systems and spatial data infrastructures.

The ultimate aim is to ensure that participants become respected and valuable land administration experts in their own countries.

What is the course content?

The MSc degree course content is clustered in four blocks.

Block 1 (modules 1-3)

The core modules addresses the theory, tools and techniques of GIS and remote sensing and their application in land administration.

Block 2 (modules 4-10)

The thematic modules focuses on academic, institutional, operational and information technology topics, and will deal with the following topics (among others):

  • concepts of land policy and land management and administration
  • process design; simulation and management of workflows
  • adjudication; cadastral and social tenure mapping
  • value assessment and land use classification
  • business administration; planning and control; financial management
  • modelling of data, processes, stakeholder analysis, community participation
  • information system design, development, (re-)engineering
  • information management (legal aspects, authentication, pricing, costing)
  • SDI concept and application (authentic registers)

Block 3 (modules 11-15)

The research orientation modules (covering such topics as research skills and research proposal writing).

Block 4 (modules 16-23)

Execution of individual research and preparation of an MSc thesis.

What will be achieved?

On completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • analyse land administration components and land administration systems to serve society
  • understand the concepts of land policy and policy instruments regarding access to land, tenure security, land markets, land reform, land use planning and land taxation
  • formulate institutional, operational and technological requirements for operating land administration procedures in a transitional environment
  • specify and operate (geo-)information technology relevant to the functioning of land administration systems.

About your diploma

Upon successful completion of this programme you are entitled to the degree Master of Science. You will receive an (Academic Education) Diploma in Geo-information Science and Earth Observation from the University of Twente.

Along with your diploma you will receive a Diploma Supplement, providing the name of the specialization, the description of the nature, level, context, and status of the study completed.

Why choose this course?

The cooperation between ITC and the Netherlands Cadastre provides a unique foundation for the course. The international networks of both institutions afford access to academic developments and the latest policies and guidelines of international donors and UN agencies.

The links to academic and operational environments distinguish this course from education offered elsewhere in the world. The strength of this course lies in the combination of the institutional aspects of land administration and the development of sound information systems operated by viable land administration institutions. If you are interested in developing viable land administration systems within the context of your own country’s land management and legal framework, this is the right course for you.

Career perspective

Graduates of the land administration course will be able to work in advisory, operational, technical and executive functions related to land administration and land management. This includes functions such as land information manager, national or provincial cadastral officer or manager, system manager of land databases, land policy analyst, land registration or land adjudication officer, and planner of for land tenure regularization programmes.

For excellent students with research ambition this master’ course is a good starting point for PhD research with an academic research group in Europe or worldwide.

how to apply?

Select a course in the Course Finder and click the register link. This will take you to the ITC online course application system. More information about studying at the faculty ITC can be found on the ITC Study webpages.

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