Muhammad Aksan is an Indonesian MSc student and studies Land and Water Development for Food Security. After graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Agronomy, he discovered IHE Delft while searching for Water Engineering MSc courses related to agriculture. In fact, already during his undergraduate years he was interested in food security and wanted to pursue a Master’s Degree to advance his knowledge in the field. His interest was sparked from a very young age when he was living in a small village with poor irrigation management. At IHE Delft he would like to gain more skills to take back to Indonesia to improve the situation there. His interests are also on a global scale, as he recognizes the urgency of learning about Food Security to cope with and solve the problem of hunger in an increasingly populated world.
Muhammad immediately liked the practical approach of the courses at IHE Delft, which differs a lot from the theoretical approach of Indonesian universities. He says his works here is much harder and although sometimes he does not achieve the highest marks, he recognizes the value of his studies and believes that the strict marks are there to keep the standards high. The main challenge for him is the tight timeline of the programme (18 months), but he recognizes that it is helping him to improve his time-management skills. Furthermore, Muhammad is enjoying the multicultural environment offered by the Institute and says he has become friends with students from many different countries, through their research projects and classes.
He is here thanks to one of the 10,000 scholarships offered by the Indonesian Ministries of Education, Finance and Religion. Thanks to this scholarship he will also be able, once he graduates, to return to Indonesia and work in the Ministry of Agriculture. There, his goal is to reduce the dependence on rice importation to Indonesia, by improving the quality of the irrigation system to increase the productivity of Indonesian rice paddies.
Muhammad is enjoying every moment in the Netherlands as it is the first time he travels to Europe. Already during his first week in Delft he felt welcome and at ease with the Dutch culture, his peers at IHE Delft and the older students, the seniors, who started the programme the year before. His first impression of Delft was that of a quiet city, very blue and ecological.
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