We live in a global information society, where the governance increasingly relies on sensors, data, analysis, and fast decision making. Experts who handle the tools of geoinformatics and understand environmental and social processes at the same time are needed in the contemporary society.
The 2-year master’s programme in Geoinformatics for Urbanised Society prepares students to become highly qualified specialists to analyse spatial data and develop decision support systems for the public, private, and non-governmental sectors. Special emphasis of the programme is put on the development of practical skills of students.
Tartu provides affordable living environment where everything is near-by and the modern student houses are well-equipped.
EGEA – European Geography Association for students and young geographers – unites the students of geography and geoinformatics. The active local club organizes various events and provides possibilities to participate at international conferences and seminars.
By being an EGEA volunteer, the students are encouraged to participate at conferences organized by the Institute of Geography, e.g. at the Mobile Tartu three-days event where the international community of location-based studies tends to gather.
The students can participate also at the GIS Day and annual conference organized by Estonian Geoinformatics Society ESTGIS.
Modern life more and more relies on BIG DATA and digitized work processes – geoinformatics helps to manage and analyse contemporary spatial data and make decisions on development and policy.
Fulfilment of the master’s programme enables employment in public, private, and non-governmental sector as Spatial Data Manager, Spatial Analyst, or GIS Consultant for Planning and Regional Policy. There are numerous further employment options in local and regional development and policy.
The alumni of the parallel programme of geography with GIS specialisation are working in several local, state, and EU institutions, consultancy firms of planning and environmental management, or in firms providing location-based analyses and IT-services, or cartographical solutions.
"As a student in human geography and environmental sciences in Tartu University, I extended my studies to the field of geoinformatics. Today I work with spatial plans and databases that support planning in the whole Europe. In the contemporary world, spatial planning simply relies on data and information systems."
Martin Gauk (alumnus 2010), Data, Toolbox and IT Expert in European planning cooperation programme ESPON
"I chose to study in Estonia because of five reasons. Estonia is only a 10-hour drive from my home country, Belarus. Secondly, the University of Tartu is a very prestigious university. Tartu has a wonderful international environment and studying here gives me a lot of opportunities. Also, once you visit Estonia, you always want to come back."
Iryna, International Student Ambassador from Belarus
Contact Iryna or any other International Student Ambassador to ask about the student life in Tartu.
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University of Tartu
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