ITC and Kadaster renewed cooperation agreement

In March 2023, Freek van der Meer (ITC, University of Twente) and Frank Tierolff (Kadaster) renewed the cooperation between the two organisations. With this, both organisations will continue their collaboration and continue to actively contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals by bundling knowledge and experience. 

The challenges and big transitions our society faces, call for long term collaborations and partnerships like the one we have with Kadaster. We are delighted to jointly continue our work on education, research and staff exchange.

Freek van der Meer - dean ITC, University of Twente

School for Land Administration Studies

Since 2006, the Faculty of Geo-information Sciences and Earth Observation (ITC) at the University of Twente and the Kadaster have been actively collaborating. This is done in the 'School for Land Administration Studies', with the aim of building capacity in the field of land administration. Courses aimed at knowledge transfer and innovation have enabled land professionals from low- and middle-income countries to develop. There has also been joint work on education, innovation and research. The active and intensive cooperation between Kadaster and ITC has contributed to further development of the domain of land administration, both in the Netherlands and abroad. The cooperation continues in this renewed cooperation agreement.

Joining forces with partners like ITC is important in response to the global pressure on land and urgent need for innovative and sustainable solutions, also in relation to realising the Sustainable Development Goals.

Frank Tierolff - chairman of the board, Kadaster

New: online educational resources

On the one hand, the cooperation is aimed at contributing practical knowledge and experiences from Kadaster  into regular Master education at ITC. On the other hand, its focus lies on enabling research on topics of common interest. It also focuses on jointly organising courses for land professionals in low- and middle-income countries. These courses focused on collecting, managing and accessing information about land (parcels, buildings and other spatial elements). These activities will be continued in the renewed cooperation. 
A new element in the cooperation is the digital disclosure of practical and basic knowledge through online educational tools. Prior to the signing, a Masterclass took place for colleagues from ITC and Kadaster on 'LADM in the classroom' (Land Administration Domain Model). An engaging example where Kadaster's practical knowledge was combined with ITC's educational experience.