Mohammad Sadeq Ahmadi is from Afghanistan. He studied Civil Engineering at Kabul University and graduated in 2012. His first job was at the Ministry of Urban Development and Housing, as a water supply design engineer. With his colleagues, he designed several water distribution systems in some cities in Afghanistan. After one year, he was promoted to team leader. Recently, he was promoted to director of Urban Development Affairs in a province in Afghanistan. At the moment Sadeq is on study leave.
Studying water related subjects, working in the water sector and seeing immeasurable problems in the field of water in his country, inspired him to pursue his education in the field of water. Sadeq decided on Water Resources Management as the best choice for doing his Master’s. He applied for several scholarships in various countries. While he was looking online for the best, most appropriate institution in the field of water, he came across the name of IHE Delft Institute for Water Education and it grabbed his attention, especially its affiliation with UNESCO and being one of the well-known institutes in the field of water. As a result, he applied for Water Management and Governance with a specialization in Water Resources Management and was offered a place. Then, he applied for Joint Japan World Bank Graduated Scholarship Program (JJWBGSP) and his application was successful. Sadeq believes that when he graduates from this Institute, with the qualification from IHE Delft, he can find a high ranking job within his sector in government very easily, due to lack of professionals in the field.
About problems in his home country: ‘’Groundwater is one of the prominent sources of water for most of the people in populated cities, especially in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan. People use groundwater for domestic purposes, because the government is unable to provide water for them through urban water distribution systems. Moreover, the population within the cities is growing rapidly and the demand for water increases. Considerable parts of the cities don’t have sewerage systems; as a result, the groundwater and surface water are contaminated. This has resulted in a large amount of waterborne diseases. Based on research by the World Bank, surface water resources of Afghanistan have the capacity to generate power about 23 gigawatt electricity. Afghanistan currently only needs 3 gigawatt, so the extra can be exported to other countries to boost the economic situation of the country. Lack of an inclusive strategic plan to manage water resources and a shortage of professionals exacerbate the situation and could instigate a water crisis within the country.’’ Sadeq is very eager to address these issues and problems in his country, using his teaching capability on water related subjects as an adjunct lecturer in universities and, simultaneously, conveying his experiences and knowledge to his colleagues as an expert.
About studying at IHE Delft: ‘’At IHE Delft you have to study very hard, because we have limited time to study a lot of materials and do our assignments. At first it was difficult for me, but after a short time I started to adapt to working under pressure. This sharpened my skills significantly. For example, I do not have good writing skills, but after several writing assignments, they are improving day by day. It is worth mentioning that the teachers are very helpful and open to questions, which reduces the burden of too much studies substantially.’’
Sadeq about the students: ‘’At IHE Delft you meet students from all over the world with different cultures. By studying in IHE, you do not solely gain water knowledge but you also get familiar with cultures around the world. You do not feel alone, because most of the students came from other countries like you.’’
When Sadeq finishes his study he wants to pursue a PhD degree. If this is not possible, he would like to be an expert or academic in his country.