Wondering whether the GEM MSc is the right programme for you? Read below some of the testimonials from GEM alumni, how they experienced their study and what has become of them.
GEM was a milestone in my life [...] because of the structure and the design of the program. In the GEM MSc, you start with classmates from all around the world, with different nationalities, backgrounds and cultures. We lived together, learned from each other and learned together. Southampton was a great start because it helped us improve our English. Moving to Lund was a unique experience for many of us, getting to know Scandinavian culture and society. [...] Then we went to the ITC Faculty in the Netherlands, a well-prepared and equipped Institute to help us write our thesis.
The GEM program has enabled me to easily find a job back home where the rate of unemployment is high. I worked for 3 years in a local environmental consulting company and I moved recently to UNESCWA.
On a personal level, I got the chance to meet people from around the world and to make lasting international friendships!
Wow, the GEM MSc programme was a gem. I did not only enjoy and progress on my education and scientific parts but an opportunity to engage and study with people all over the world. Today, most of my classmates are now my collaborators as we take Geoinformation Science and Earth Observation for Environmental Management and Modelling to another level.
The GEM course was one of the most wonderful journeys which not only provided me with valuable life-changing learning but also gave me access to invaluable lifelong friendships.
GEM 2006 has been the experience of my life which opened up a lot of opportunities in my professional career. The multi-cultural European Experience along with a network of friends from 17 countries was an unforgettable one. It's been 14 years since I joined GEM and social media has still kept our team together where we share our memories, happiness and sorrow. A course which is bound to change one's life.
The GEM-MSc program offered me an opportunity to hone a practical skillset that was more domain-driven, which I needed to be competitive in the workforce back home. Post-graduation I quickly found work with local government and emergency services and was well-equipped for that position. Now, I work for a multinational software company supporting utilities in adopting GIS to meet their business needs.
Beyond all, my connections forged through the program have been enriching, and I'm proud to have friends all over the world after our paths crossed at ITC. I'm grateful for the opportunity to make lifelong friends, to get to see Europe with them, and for the ITC community welcoming us all to the Dutch way of life.
The GEM course gave me the opportunity to meet great people from diverse cultural backgrounds as well as different cities, countries and academic systems. I made authentic friendships and this was the step I needed to continue an academic career.
It is ITC/GEM which has better shaped my understanding of academic research of which I am getting the benefit still until today.
The GEM MSc programme has equipped me with all the fundamentals needed to do and enjoy my current job: a great overview of what remote sensing is all about, the main methods to explore these data and extract value, the importance of considering multiple dimensions and system dynamics, how to find research questions that matter, delightful fieldwork experiences, and above all the joy of an 18 months journey shared with like-minded people from all over the world in a multifaceted European education environment with teachers that really care about you.
The GEM Masters program was a wonderful mix of contact, experiential and practical learning for me. I could never have hoped for anything more.
I believe pursuing my GEM-MSc course was perhaps the most satisfying, enjoyable and learning experience for me. Influenced and inspired by Erasmus, this course helped not only put a feather to my academic qualification, with a world-class learning experience but redefined the meaning of learning in many facets. It taught us life skills, widened our views, became friends from all over the world, learned from world-class teachers, got access to the finest journals and research paper and for the vagabond mind gave the opportunity to travel all over Europe. My take on this course is that it can’t get any better.
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.
While studying at ITC I felt at home as I enjoyed the company of other students from Kenya, the East Africa Community (EAC) and across Africa. My favourite moments were the common Kenyan and EAC events, including the international food festival where we sampled different cuisines from around the world.
I was greatly fascinated by the concepts of critical thinking and system thinking that influenced my worldview, including discovering my purpose of growing people.