The third cohort of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation supported MSc programme in sanitation graduated last week.
Programme coordinator Claire Furlong, IHE Delft Senior Lecturer in Sanitary Engineering, said the pandemic-related challenges the students had to overcome made the 28 October graduation an emotional moment.
“The graduates join a growing number of sanitation specialists who have graduated from IHE Delft and from other universities in the Global Sanitation Graduate School. I look forward to seeing them revolutionise the sector and become the sanitation leaders of the future,” she said.
Graduate Niharika Sharma, from India, won an award given to the author of the best MSc thesis for her thesis titled ‘Impact of Adding Agricultural Waste on Fuel Potential of Faecal Sludge’.
“Even before joining IHE Delft, I got to know about this award and I told my family back home in India that I wanted this award for my thesis. Sitting there in the auditorium watching it actually happening, was surreal”, she said.
The best thesis award, introduced in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Global Sanitation Graduate School, rewards research that addresses challenges in the field. The award includes support enabling the winner to continue to do research at the host university and to share the thesis findings in an open publication scientific journal as well as through a presentation at a conference. From 2022, award winners will be selected among all GSGS graduates will be eligible for this award.
Learn more about the MSc programme in Sanitation here.