With eighteen years of experience in successful international academic distance learning in spatial information management and geoinformatics, UNIGIS is one of the oldest distance learning initiatives. The network consists of fifteen universities in fourteen countries. Annually over 1,500 professionals from more than forty different countries worldwide apply to one of the universities of the network to participate in the UNIGIS programme. VU University is one of the founding members of this network. The Dutch NVAO has accredited this master programme in 2007. The part-time master programme takes three years to complete. Recently, we implemented collaborative learning in our distance education programme, which allows for the development of a ’learner community’ with motivated students having a deeper understanding of the topic at hand, and leading to improved completion rates.

Contact information: Drs  Mathilde Molendijk, Dr Jasper Dekkers

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