Nadezhda Zalivina

Country: Russian Federation

MSc Programme: Environmental Science

Specialization: International Master of Science in Environmental Technology and Engineering (IMETE)

Year: 2012/2014

What made you decide to study this particular programme?
When I worked as an environmental specialist at a metallurgical company I often felt that something was missing in my education despite two Master degrees I had already had at that time. My co-workers talked about electrostatic precipitators and their parameters, sand traps and clarifiers in wastewater treatment plants made me feel uneasy because I could not fully comprehend the problems they faced and, hence, help to resolve them. In addition to that, this lack of knowledge began to interfere with my work. That is why I started looking for a suitable MSc programme in Environmental Engineering. Once, I came across an Erasmus Mundus Programme called IMETE which looked quite interesting and appealing to me. Environmental engineering, environmental microbiology, atmosphere protection technology, wastewater treatment, waste management, internship in a European company as part of the curriculum – these were the courses I needed to succeed as an environmental specialist. And I went for it.
 
Can you say something about studying in Delft/the Netherlands? (Cultural and social experience)
The first thing that comes to mind is that everybody speaks English here which makes the lives of us, students, much easier. Dutch people are tolerant to other cultures. All professors at the institute are very friendly and supportive. The social experience plays an important role in the educational process. After the first few weeks, thanks to the unique social interactive programmes organized by the Social Cultural Officers, we all knew each other and did not feel lonely anymore which helped us a lot. Delft itself is a typical small Dutch town with its network of canals, bridges and old houses. It has a very good geographic location with Rotterdam and The Hague situated nearby.
 
What kind of professional background do you need to succeed in this programme?
Most of my classmates have a degree in Environmental Engineering and Environmental Sciences. I personally have a background in Environmental Sciences and Environmental Management and some professional experience in environmental field. I believe that an environmental, chemical or engineering background will help to succeed in this programme.
 
Why should new students/water professionals choose this programme?
In my opinion, a good environmental professional should have at least some basic knowledge of environmental technologies that are used to treat air pollution, wastewater and minimize waste generation. When getting this knowledge is combined with living in such amazing countries as the Netherlands, Czech Republic and Belgium together with people from all over the world who become your friends for good, then it makes this programme a unique once-in-a-lifetime experience.
 
Do you have any advice for new students?
Do not be afraid of challenges on your way and do not be afraid of making mistakes. This will only help to improve your personality.