The SPINlab coordinates the UNIGIS distance learning postgraduate course and masters programme on spatial information management. Geographical Information Systems (GIS) represents one of the most rapidly expanding areas in Information Technology. GIS is seen increasingly as an essential tool in many areas of government and business. See the UNIGIS link in the menu, or visit the UNIGIS website directly to see what UNIGIS Amsterdam has to offer.
The SPINLab, on behalf of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, furthermore coordinates the national GI-minor programme (3rd year bachelor-level). This national programme is offered by five universities together: Delft University, Utrecht University, Twente University, Wageningen University and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. See www.nationalegiminor.nl for more information.
Further, we supervise students in various research topics where spatial analysis and geo-information science play an important role. See the overview of supervised bachelor and master theses.
GI-courses at VU-campus and Science park Watergraafsmeer
The SPINlab provides scientific and technical courses as part of undergraduate and graduate education. We are teaching GIS-courses in a whole range of programmes at different faculties and institutes:
Amsterdam University College:
Urban Environment lab
Faculty of Economics and Business Administration:
Geographical Information Systems (MSc Spatial, Transport and Environmental Economics (STREEM))
Geologistics (MSc Transport and Supply Chain Management (TSCM))
Geomarketing (MSc Marketing and Part-time MSc Marketing)
Faculty of Earth & Life Sciences:
Land Use Change (BSc Earth & Economics)
Natural Disasters and Risks (BSc Earth & Economics)
Spring School – field work Salzburg (BSc Earth & Economics)
Geo Data Acquisition (BSc Earth & Economics, national GI-minor)
Imaging and Assessing Landscapes (MSc Earth & Economics)
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Visit GeoBuzz for €10 only
On November 24 & 25, GeoBuzz takes place in ’s-Hertogenbosch. The event is a great opportunity to meet potential employers. There is a special student program which you can attend. Students can visit the full program and exhibition for only €10. Register for Geobuzz Read More »
For two weeks, a team of 15 officials from the Dzongkhang Election Offices and the Election Commission of Bhutan are at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, where they receive training on Mapping, GIS operations and fundamentals of Election Management Tools. The GIS-training is provided by SPINlab lecturers Eduardo Dias and...Read More »