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Meet our Graduates

Where do our graduates go? Be inspired by our alumni who share their experiences about the Master's programme "Geodesy and Geoinformatics" and tell us about their career start.

GRADUATES 2021

Razieh Hosseini, M.Sc.
from Iran

Employer: IAV Automotive Engineering Company

"I would recommend this program to those who wish to face excellent opportunities in the field of navigation and autonomous driving. Staff members and Professors have a close connection with students and are very open to new ideas and opinions from them. "

  • read more about Razieh's experience

    I'm so delighted to spend my Master's at Leibniz University. I could not imagine how warm-hearted and sympathetic the people at this faculty are. Staff members and Professors have a close connection with students and are very open to new ideas and opinions from them. Students have to deal with new concepts and modules, which itself opens up new thoughts and questions. There is great support from Professors and assistants all along the way.

    As a student with a computer science background who had to handle new subjects, I found Geodesy and Geoinformatics exhilarating. The program offers hands-on labs in different topics navigating students to a suitable level of practical skills. The student will gain self-confidence in programming and development. Moreover, since the methods taught in lectures and exercises are the latest, it helps students become well-prepared for the industry.

    Until now, I got the opportunity to experience both public and private sector companies in Germany, making me realize how much this interdisciplinary program was helpful for me. Now I work as a member of the Data scientist group in R&D section of an automotive company, where we try to build navigation systems with sustainable development perspective as well as environment perception systems using cost-efficient and scalable vSLAM. I would recommend this program to those who wish to face excellent opportunities in the field of navigation and autonomous driving. I would say there are lots of future ways to follow either in career or research.

GRADUATES 2020

Carolina Canizares, M.Sc.
from Ecuador

Employer: Planet Labs Inc.

"It turned out that I lived one of the greatest times of my life. There were many ups and downs, many challenges, but I am glad to say that I had the support of teachers and classmates anytime, and even more when I was feeling that I would not make it to the end. "

  • read more about Carolina's experience

    I would like to tell you about my personal experience as part of the Geodesy and Geoinformatics Degree Programme. I did not know what to expect from the teachers, professor, classmates, and the people I was looking forward to meeting in my new experience, far away from home. It turned out that I lived one of the greatest times of my life. I was the only person coming from Latin America all over my studies, which does not mean that I was feeling alone, but totally the opposite. There were many ups and downs, many challenges, but I am glad to say that I had the support of teachers and classmates anytime, and even more when I was feeling that I would not make it to the end.

    On the academic aspect of my experience, one of the things I remember and appreciate the most was the commitment that I received from the academic staff that is part of this program. The lecturers, as most of the students, were not native English speakers, but the quality of their lectures, and their evident knowledge, make this program stand out. During my studies, I was more related to the Geodesy side of the program, but it does not mean that the Geoinformatics side could not be followed, as in my case. I ended up doing my master thesis at the Institute of Photogrammetry and GeoInformation, and I truly enjoyed the experience I had working both with satellites and with satellite images.

    I am currently working for Planet Labs, a company that builds satellites, but offers the images taken by them. I am working as a Satellite Tasking Engineer, and I can acknowledge that what I learned, both from the Geodesy and the Geoinformatics side of my studies is put into practice and perfectly show the match of the content given from the classrooms.

     If you are thinking about joining this great experience, got for it! I am sure things will be excellent.


Rebekka Handirk, M.Sc.
from Germany

Employer: European Space Agency (ESA)

"This programme opened up many doors, and the combination of a good degree and a desperate need for geodesists in industry and administration puts me into a situation where I can basically choose my future job and employer instead of them choosing me from a long list of candidates."

  • read more about Rebekka's experience

    Just as in the bachelor’s program, everyone is taught the basics of all the different fields of application of Geodesy and Geoinformatics, but besides that, this master’s program allows the students also to choose from a variety of courses and thus enables them to deepen their knowledge in their individual area of interest – be it classical surveying, big data, or navigation. The relatively small number of students ensures close contact with professors and staff, a big advantage in comparison to many other careers.

    When I proceeded from the German bachelor’s to the international master’s program, it felt like my new fellow students brought the countries of the world home to me instead of me having to travel the world. This program is not just studying the aspects of Geodesy and Geoinformatics but automatically includes gaining and improving intercultural and also interdisciplinary competencies, since many internationals join this program with backgrounds such as civil engineering or computer science.

    I am currently working as a Young Graduate Trainee at the European Space Agency, for test development in navigation. I am working on and with cutting-edge technology in precise point positioning, and each day holds new amazement and challenges for me. It is the perfect opportunity to apply what I learned in the master’s program and to further deepen my knowledge. Even though personal networking is quite difficult in times of COVID, my job includes cooperation with various research institutes, universities, and NASA, and I am learning a lot about project management along the way.

    I would recommend this program to anyone who is willing to invest themselves because – let’s be honest – things will not always be easy. The bachelor’s and master’s program of Geodesy and Geoinformatics has provided me not only with technical knowledge but also with a lot of soft skills and resilience. It opened up many doors, and the combination of a good degree and a desperate need for geodesists in industry and administration puts me into a situation where I can basically choose my future job and employer instead of them choosing me from a long list of candidates.


Chaman Kirty, M.Sc.
from India

Employer: Enapter GmbH

"With a background of Mechanical Engineering, I was eager to learn more in the field of computer vision and autonomous driving and this course provided a perfect set-up to choose subjects to achieve it. It was truly an enriching experience and it made me ready to step into my professional life. "

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    This study programme provides a great opportunity to challenge and learn with practical exercises. Professors and teaching staffs are really helpful and always provide an environment to research and explore deep in the research fields. It was truly an enriching experience and it made me ready to step into my professional life.

    I started this programme in Winter Semester 2017/18 and came from the background of Mechanical Engineering. I was eager to learn more in the field of computer vision and autonomous driving and this course provided a perfect set-up to choose subjects to achieve it. With constant guidance and support of professors and teaching staffs, the whole course was really helpful to broaden my knowledge in several dimensions. The regular assignments and worksheets in different courses were challenging in start but it helped immensely to learn topics in depth.

    Geodesy and Geoinformatics is a great course for eager minds. It will constantly challenge you and prepare you to do great things in a vast interdisciplinary field. I will strongly recommend this course and would suggest all the future students as an alumni that you can build a great career through this course, when you are ready to invest your time and efforts.


Swarnalatha Pasam, M.Sc.
from India

Employer: NET-TEC Ingenieurgesellschaft mbH

"My only advice to everyone who is interested in this course is, explore as many fields as you can within this course and try to learn new skills along the way. I would definitely recommend this course for students who accept challenges and motivated to learn more about Geodesy and Geoinformatics."

  • read more about Swarnalatha's experience

    I feel really happy that I chose Geodesy and Geoinformatics for my Master Studies.

    After my Bachelor studies in Civil Engineering, I had thought so much about which course to choose for my masters but when I came across this course at Leibniz University Hannover, I was very fascinated by the courses offered and immediately decided to do this masters program. GuG is a very interdisciplinary course where you study different courses, which lead to different fields. I personally feel that this masters program is more of a practical course, loaded with experiments, measurements and research rather than a theoretical one. The curriculum and lectures are up to date and includes all the recent developments in the field.

    During my masters, I leaned more towards the courses that are offered by the Institute of Photogrammetry and Geoinformation and the Institute of Cartography to deepen my skills in Image processing, GIS, and Remote sensing. The institutes in GuG also offer a wide range of student assistant jobs, which on one hand supports you financially and on another hand provides you with the opportunity to apply your theoretical knowledge on real world projects. It is because of one of these work student jobs, I was fortunate to have found a full time job later on in GIS field.

    I am currently working as a Project Engineer in telecommunications network field where I design fibre optic network plans with design protocols and responsible for managing GIS/Spatial database. My only advice to everyone who is interested in this course is, explore as many fields as you can within this course and try to learn new skills along the way.

    I would definitely recommend this course for students who accept challenges and motivated to learn more about Geodesy and Geoinformatics.

GRADUATES 2019

Jens Golze, M.Sc.
from Germany

Employer: Leibniz University Hannover, Institute of Cartography and Geoinformatics

"The study of the Master programme "Geodesy and Geoinformatics" means to meet a lot of interesting people from all over the world. As a German student who is not from Hannover, it is a wonderful experience to come to a new place, and explore it together with the new colleagues."

  • read more about Jens's experience

    The study of the Master program "Geodesy and Geoinformatics" means to meet a lot of interesting people from all over the world. As a German student who is not from Hannover, it is a wonderful experience to come to a new place, and explore it together with the new colleagues. The four different institutes provide a large variety of geoscience topics in which you can specialize in lectures, exercises, and seminars.

    During my studies, I concentrated mostly on the Geoinformatics aspects of the program which focus on the analysis of crowd-sourced trajectory data, web implementations and the analysis of sensor platform data such as Lidar measurements derived from a mobile mapping system (MMS). After the first semesters I worked as a HiWi student at the Institute of Photogrammetry and GeoInformation (IPI). During this work, I got involved in the practice of holding practical exercises and correcting assignment.

    After my graduation I started working at the Institute of Cartography and Geoinformatics at the Leibniz University Hannover, in the field of movement data analysis and teaching.


Rozhin Moftizadeh, M.Sc.
from Iran

Employer: Leibniz University Hannover, Geodetic Institute

"I expected to face many difficulties in Germany. However, despite my presumptions, I was welcomed by a city with a spectacular nature, warm-hearted people and a university community which was motivating, helpful, and provided all means that one needs for studying and engaging in a scientific field."

  • read more about Rozhin's experience

    Coming from a totally different culture and an educational system which practiced on a whole different level, I expected to face many difficulties in Germany when I moved here to start my master studies in Geodesy and Geoinformatics at the Leibniz University Hanover. However, despite my presumptions, I was welcomed by a city with a spectacular nature, warm-hearted people and a university community which was motivating, helpful, and provided all means that one needs for studying and engaging in a scientific field.

    Geodesy and Geoinformatics is an interdisciplinary field of study, which has a broad aspect, giving a great opportunity to those who are interested not only in engineering, but also computer science and programming. In this field of study at this university, I had the opportunity to not only learn the theoretical content, but also their practical aspects by means of helpful exercises that were to be accomplished in different courses. Most of the exams were held in oral form, which greatly helped to always see the big picture and to not get lost in details that were already covered in the exercises.

    As a graduate of this field of study and now doing my doctorates in the same field at the same university, I can strongly recommend it to all those who are interested to dive more into detail in Geodesy and Geoinformatics.


Hasan Sharifi, M.Sc.
from Afghanistan

Employer: Zweckverband Gigabit

"For those interested in getting into the job market, the geodetic excursion and the courses would be interesting, in which the employees active in the industry present their practice-based work. One can find and establish a stable future employment network in any desired direction."

  • read more about Hasan's experience

    The master program Geodesy and Geoinformatics offers a variety of courses focused on many different geodetic topics. Along the fundamental courses, the students have the chance to carry out a project seminar and a master thesis in their desired field. The students deal with the newest research topics and get a know-how of approaching and solving complex scientific issues. For those interested in getting into the job market, the geodetic excursion and the courses would be interesting, in which the employees active in the industry present their practice-based work. Overall seen, one can find and establish a stable future employment network in any desired direction.

    During the masters, I got the chance to carry out an internship and master thesis at the German Research Center for Geosciences (GFZ) – Potsdam which involved me in a scientific environment with thousands of researchers working on geosciences. During my time at GFZ, I got experience in the remote sensing field and analyzing the satellite imagery data, by participating in scientific presentations, meetings and conferences.

    I am currently working as technical leader in Zweckverband Gigabit Landkreis Göppingen, and I work with a large range of telecommunication network data as a GIS specialist. The goal of our public private partnership (PPP) infrastructure project is to develop the extensive broadband and optical fiber technology for the region of Stuttgart and the Göppingen district until 2030. The knowledge I gained from the master studies in Hannover has enabled me in interpreting and analyzing the geospatial data, which are consequently used for the planning purposes. Within my range of responsibilities, I participate in the meetings and discuss the issues with the experts within and outside the project.

    I would recommend this master program to the prospective students who have the passion of learning various geodetic topics. Besides, Hannover offers a convenient environment for the students, including affordable rent, well-integrated public transportation, and many international students.


Vishwa Vijay Singh, M.Sc.
from India

Employer: Leibniz University Hannover, Institute of Geodesy

"With the amazing study programme which gave me the choice to study exactly what I want, wonderful student coordinators who were always up for a chat to discuss the path chosen, and truly knowledgeable lecturers whose enthusiasm made me 500% more interested in any course, I think the GuG master programme stands out."

  • read more about Vishwa Vijay's experience

    I joined the M.Sc. Geodesy and Geoinformatics (GuG) in 2016, was lucky enough to spend six wonderful semesters in the master program - taking the master a bit slow (six semesters instead of four), while also working and learning German. With the amazing study program which gave me the choice to study exactly what I want and at the pace that I want, wonderful student coordinators who  were always up for a chat to discuss the path chosen within the M.Sc., and truly knowledgeable lecturers whose enthusiasm made me 500% more interested in any course I decided to attend, I think the GuG master program stands out.

    LUH and GuG are great places to be at, whether one wants to continue in research, or get  a job later. People who are interested in this filed can do wonders, for example, help Google or Apple make their maps better (web-GIS) and more accurate (GPS modeling), help automobile manufacturers make better and safer automatic cars (Image processing), help aerospace companies make sure that all the parts of their planes are safe to be used (Industrial Surveying), or help the space agencies of the world figure out how round the Moon is (Physical and Astronomical Geodesy). With the right ideas and inclination, one can shape their future as they want, once they are here!

    After the M.Sc., I decided to continue down the path of research, and am currently doing a PhD at the Institute of Geodesy in “Lunar Laser Ranging” (LLR). Having had an opportunity to explore the science of LLR in a project during the M.Sc., I knew I could not part from LLR just then, and decided to work on an aspect of LLR - calculating the position and velocity of the solar system bodies - for my master thesis. Half way through the thesis, I knew LLR was what I wanted to continue my career in. Thankfully, there are plenty of opportunities to find a PhD after the M.Sc., and I was lucky enough to find one in Hannover itself.

    Other than the master program, I have been thoroughly enjoying my time here in Hannover. The city is full of excellent cafes, has many areas and restaurants to explore, and still very student friendly. It is, and would be a great place to study GuG!


Zhiyuan Wang, M.Sc.
from China

Employer: German Aerospace Center (DLR)

"It was my pleasure to enroll in the Master program "Geodesy and Geoinformatics" at Leibniz University Hannover. I sincerely appreciate the knowledge I gained and would love to recommend this Master's programme to those who would like to dive into Geoscience in the future."

  • read more about Zhiyuan's experience

    It was my pleasure to enroll in the Master program "Geodesy and Geoinformatics" at Leibniz University Hannover. Created and provided by 4 institutes, this Master program offers the student all possible directions of Geoscience. Students can decide which direction they would like to go without putting too much effort into their weak subjects. Aside from a variety of lectures, students can also practice what they learned through different seminars.

    Besides variety of lectures, our Institutes also encourage and support students to do practical work and provide students opportunities to work with professional research groups. During my study, I put my concentration on remote sensing and image analysis. Started from 2017, I worked as a student research assistant at Institute of Photogrammetry and GeoInformation (IPI). This precious experience deepened my understanding in remote sensing and strengthened my data processing and programming skills. Additionally, it provided me the first-hand experience of doing scientific research.

    Now I work as a scientist at the German Remote Sensing Data Center, EOC of German Aerospace Center, DLR, where I contribute my knowledge in the field of Earth modeling based on satellite remote sensing data. I sincerely appreciate the knowledge I gained from "GuG" and would love to recommend this Master program to those who would like to dive into Geoscience in the future.