The second Thematic Alumni Event organized by IHE Delft, with the financial support of Nuffic, started Wednesday 3 May in Malang, Indonesia. The event, held in cooperation with the University of Brawijaya focuses on ‘Water Harvesting for Agriculture Development towards Climate Change and Food Security in Indonesia’. 20 IHE Delft alumni from Indonesia and Vietnam participated.
The formal opening took place at the Brawijaya University Auditorium with the welcome given by Dr. Ir. Moh Solichin, Head of Water Resources Department, Dr. Ir F. Suryadi, IHE Delft lecturer, and Dr. Ir. Pitojo Tri Juwono, Dean of the Engineering Faculty. The course was officially opened by Prof. Dr M. Bisri, Rector of the University, who mentioned previous fruitful collaborations with IHE Delft, as well as the important role of many senior IHE Delft alumni at the University.
The first morning sessions were given by F. Suryadi and Prof. Suhadjono, both IHE Delft alumni, who gave an introduction to Water Harvesting and Potential of Swamp land for irrigation development in Indonesia. The sessions were followed by an active discussion among all attendees. During coffee and lunch breaks the participants enjoyed the opportunity of getting to know each other.
During the afternoon sessions, Alumnus Adecar Nugroho from Indonesia, showed the Water Projects being implemented by Witteveen+Bos in Indonesia where he is working as consultant.
Ms. Maria Laura Sorrentino, Alumni Relations Officer, introduced all the alumni and talked about IHE Delft, alumni matters and possible future activities. The presentation was followed by a lively discussion, where alumni expressed their wishes and new ideas to strengthen the network.