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GIS Programme Director G.F. Epema elaborates further, This past year the contract with the ITC was made official after 4 or 5 years of an unofficial agreement. What it means is that international students come to the Netherlands and spend 7 months at the ITC. Then they continue on in Wageningen for another 10 months. It is a way of making the most of what both universities have to offer. The diploma the students receive also mentions both institutions. We never graduate in January, because the students start a month later at the ITC, but on February 24th we celebrated graduation here in Wageningen with 6 of the 14 students and another 6 will graduate on March 29th. We hope that the other 2 will follow in the summer."
Another avenue in which the GIS programme has experimented, is a team-building exercise through a fieldwork focus. Director Epema continues, Last year 7 of the 14 students went on a fieldwork trip to Spain and they all concentrated their theses on that field work. It builds team spirit, and concentrating on one topic produces very pleasing in-depth results: real cooperation."