The Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) is different from the other UT faculties. Unlike the other faculties, ITC does not offer Bachelor education, and ITC’s mission is twofold. At the heart lies education and research in geo-information sciences. But ITC is also committed to alleviating the shortage of skilled middle managers in developing countries with the ultimate aim of building sustainable capacity in the battle against poverty.

ITC derives its sui-generis status largely from its 'ODA' (Official Development Assistance) remit. ITC’s ODA remit is reflected in the (entirely English-taught) educational programmes and its target group: international students with hands-on experience who already have a Bachelor's degree or equivalent. By means of education, research and project services, ITC contributes to capacity building in developing countries and emerging economies. In doing so, considerable attention is paid to the development and application of geographical information systems (GIS) for solving problems. Such problems can range from determining the risks of landslides, mapping forest fires, planning urban infrastructure, implementing land administration systems, monitoring food and water security, to designing a good wildlife management system or detecting environmental pollution.

On Januari 1st 2010, the International Institute of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) became a faculty of the University of Twente. The merger has been implemented in a way that preserves the distinctive character and mission of the ITC. As a university faculty, ITC is more firmly embedded in the Dutch academic education system. Furthermore, the integration with the University of Twente will lead to innovative research and education in areas such as energy, environment, climate change, water, geo-information and earth observation, and disaster management.

More information about the organisation can be found on www.itc.nl/organisation.