Tandin Tshering comes from Bhutan, a small and beautiful country sandwiched between India and China. Back in his country, Tandin studied life science. After his graduation, he was working in a hydropower organization since 2010, as an environmental and social manager. Tandin is studying Environmental Planning and Management. According to him, environmental issues are the most common issues in the world, which can be solved if any human activities are well planned and managed. He received a World Bank Scholarship to study at IHE Delft.
How Tandin heard about IHE Delft: ‘’A friend followed a short course at IHE Delft and I also tried to follow a short course on Small Hydropower development back in 2012, but I could not qualify for a fellowship at that moment. However, knowing more about IHE Delft, its relevance to environmental science programmes and its focus solely on water, motivated me to apply for a Master’s programme at the Institute. An additional benefit of studying at IHE Delft is the network. You meet a lot of people and make friends. We are studying at IHE Delft for a common goal, and that is water, so we get to learn from each other.’’
Tandin about water problems in Bhutan: “Due to climate change, water is not distributed equally throughout the year. It has been clear in recent years that in the winter there is less water in the rivers and streams and in summer we get unexpected heavy rains, which cause erosion and landslides. So we have a huge task to respond to such natural calamities. With the knowledge and skills that I will acquire from this programme, I want to contribute to solving such issues back in my country.”
About the teaching style at IHE Delft: ‘’The teaching style at IHE is focused and the environmental science programme in particular is well blended with practical knowledge and relevant field work. One important thing that I am learning, are the basic sciences and know-how, behind the various technical assessments. Before I came to IHE Delft, I did not have the knowledge to interpret data from biological & physio-chemical tests of water, now I do. The practical field work and lectures have given me more insight into how to interpret measurement and data better. If I now look at my old reports, I see more facts that I did not see before.’’
About the introductory programme: “It was interesting and important, we got to meet and interact with many other students from different study programmes.”
About Delft: “I feel privileged to study here. Delft is a beautiful place.”
Finally, Tandin wants to apply what he has learned first in his home country. He also has a plan to pursue a PhD and contribute more in the field of research in his country.
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