GEM4 Urban-Rural Interactions

GEM Joint Master programme

Erasmus+ MSc in geo-information science and Earth observation for environmental modelling and management

We live in an urbanised world. Our cities drive economic growth, are centres of art and culture, and provide essential services and resources that improve our health, knowledge, and general well-being. Our cities do not exist in isolation. They rely on natural resources to provide food, water, and energy to a growing urban population with increasing demands. These rural areas can benefit from urban development if well-planned and managed. Urban-rural systems are diverse and ever-changing. Policies that benefit urban and rural people require an understanding of Urban-Rural Interactions, and a solid background in innovative geospatial data and technology.

Ensuring that our cities become resilient to future economic, environmental, and social changes requires spatial planning, visualisation of future urban landscapes, and knowledge of how to integrate and use spatial data from diverse sources such as national and global databases, remote sensing, and mobile positioning.

The urban infrastructure market is estimated to grow to €3.4 billion in 2023 with high demand for skilled postgraduates with “spatial intelligence” and broad knowledge of social and environmental issues. The skills you learn in the GEM track for Urban-Rural Interactions are essential for designing future urban-rural systems that are environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable.

This project by Hendra Susanto aimed to simulate Jakarta sinking scenario in the future based on geospatial data. 

Four different tracks for a two-year programme 


Urban-Rural Interactions

Land Use Systems

Ecosystems & Natural Resources

Food Security

Year 1

University of Tartu

University of Tartu

Lund University

Lund University

Year 2

ITC (University of Twente)

UC Louvain 

ITC (University of Twente)

UC Louvain

Discover the GEM universities

ITC (University of Twente)

University of Tartu

Lund University

UC Louvain

ITC (University of Twente): Natural Resource Management

University of Tartu: Geoinformatics, Remote Sensing & Ecosystem modelling

Lund University: Geoinformatics, Remote Sensing & Ecosystem modelling

UC Louvain: Land Management (Land Use Sytems track) / Food Security (Food Security track)

How to apply?

Applying to the GEM programme can be done in just a few steps and is free of cost. Just follow the steps on our application procedure page: Application procedure

The tuition fee and additional costs are to be fully paid in advance to cover the total duration of the course. Applicants can request the facility to pay their total expenses in two equal annual instalments.

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The GEM Master Course was one of the best experiences of my life. I learned tons and made friends from all over the world. I constantly recommend the course, not only because it is an excellent academic opportunity, but also because it is a life-changing opportunity.Read more testimonials

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