Hoor Al-Amin is from Jordan and is studying for a Masters in Environmental Science, with a specialization in Environmental Planning and Management. She heard about IHE Delft through her employer who encouraged her to apply.
What made you choose IHE Delft?
IHE Delft is dubbed the “water-hub” among water practitioners in Jordan. Having the opportunity to attend an institute with such a reputation will motivate me to achieve my goals, and will allow me to be part of the global conversation on water and environment and to be an active member in this field.
Do you believe that there are benefits to studying here?
Yes. Studying at IHE Delft is very demanding but also rewarding. Being at IHE Delft allows students to broaden their horizons, networks, and capacities. Also, the international environment within which IHE Delft operates is very diverse, and this allows a lot of opportunities for cultural exchange, learning new communication skills, and a better understanding of colleagues. The benefits go beyond the degree that will be earned at the end of the programme, to include making friends from all over the world, meeting esteemed lecturers who are prominent in their fields, and of course, polishing a wide range of soft skills.
Why did you choose to study in the field of water?
I come from one of the world’s most water scarce countries. I understand the challenges that face us in Jordan, and I want to be part of the solution. Water is a very precious and valuable resource and it is an integral part of our environment. Therefore, I want to be involved in the global conversation around its management and protection.
When did you start discovering your passion for water? How did you notice?
My passion for water became more concrete after I finished my water engineering bachelor’s degree and when I began volunteering in a refugee camp in Jordan. During this period, I saw how water can actually challenge daily activities; the theory that I learned in school was now a reality that I could observe. Seeing thousands of people living with less than 35 litres of water per day allowed me to see the power of water in shaping our world today.
Can you tell us more about the water problems you encounter in your home country?
Water supply in Jordan is intermittent, meaning that households receive water only once a week or sometimes only once every two weeks for a couple of hours a day. During the hours of water supply, households pump the water into storage tanks so they can use it until the next water supply cycle comes around. In more recent years, the number of water supply per week have deceased and households had to adjust their water consumption pattern accordingly. Furthermore, people living in refugee camps receive far less water than other cities in Jordan and have to adapt to even more harsh water supply regimes. This means that often families don’t have enough water supply to carry out basic activities like washing. However, despite those challenges, many households and communities are already sensitized towards the problem, and are innovatively participating in solving it.
Do you find the teaching style very different to what you are used to?
The teaching style at IHE Delft differs from lecturer to lecturer. However, one thing that is common between all lecturers is their enthusiasm which translates into a positive learning experience. Whether it is through independent and self-paced courses or through engaging lectures, there is always something to adapt to and enjoy.
What are your goals when you finish studying?
I want to help shape water and environmental policies in Jordan to ensure equity and sustainability.
Do you want to apply what you have learned in your home country or elsewhere?
Yes. I look forward to translating the knowledge I gained in Delft to the Jordan situation. After finishing my degree, I want to go back to Jordan and be a part of the national effort to combat water scarcity and climate change.
How did you experience your first week?
The first week in the Netherlands during the pandemic was an incredible challenge. The lockdown and quarantine were a particularly difficult combination. However, the situation got better soon and we learned how to adapt to this new way of life. It was really nice to be welcomed to IHE Delft by a senior student, have a welcome package waiting for us in our rooms, and be guided by IHE Delft staff through the process of settling in.
How did you enjoy getting to know other students?
It is an inevitably overwhelming yet exciting experience to meet people. It is even more so when those people come from all over the world. Despite our many differences we all share something in common, and that is our passion for water. This makes the student life at IHE Delft very dynamic and you’ll always having something to talk about!
What is your first impression of Delft, The Netherlands?
Arriving in Delft and The Netherlands during a global pandemic and a lockdown is unfair. The city’s charm and beauty is not done justice. However, as restrictions eased, my affinity to the city and the country became ever so large. I now have a special place in my heart for Delft.
What has come as surprise to you, now you are at IHE Delft?
I never knew how much I would grow to appreciate the sunny days! I have also come to appreciate a good desk chair with lumbar support.
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