Ahmednor Abdullahi Hassan is from Somalia. He studied geology in Sudan for his first degree and graduated in 2011, since when he has been working in Somalia with local organizations as a hydro geologist, supervising drilling operations. He also worked on data collection and water resource assessments. He wants to develop his career and gain more skills and knowledge, which is the reason he decided to study at IHE Delft. Last year Ahmednor followed a short course at the Institute and realized that he could do a Master’s at IHE Delft.
Ahmednor is the first student from Somalia in 27 years. In Somalia there is not a proper government established yet and, according to Ahmednor, the quality of education there is poor. Ahmednor is studying at IHE Delft on a NFP scholarship.
About problems in his home country: ‘’First of all, in Somalia we have severe droughts and flash flooding.’’ Somalia has two main rivers originating from the highlands of Ethiopia. One of the rivers, named the Shebelle river, has completely dried out causing severe drought in early 2016 and he is expecting that it may dry up again in 2018 .There is no strategic plan from the government to solve this problem. Furthermore, the water quality (groundwater salinity), sanitation and hygiene are very poor. This encouraged Ahmednor to study at IHE Delft and to address these problems in Somalia. He also want to share his knowledge and pass this on to his colleagues back home.
About studying at IHE Delft: ‘’IHE Delft is the best place for me to study Hydrology and Water Resources. IHE Delft already has 60 years’ experience in water. I want to develop my knowledge and get different skills. Furthermore, the professors are very interesting and the way of teaching is professional. To study at IHE Delft is a good opportunity for me - it was a dream that came true. I have already made a lot of friends, we have a lot of group discussions and we help each other.’’
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