Delegation of the European Union to Tanzania

Meet Hamida: A female Marine Biologist from Tanzania

14/04/2021 - 13:35
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Hamida Mbwana, has recently completed her Master’s Degree in Marine Biological Resources (IMBRSea) which was funded under the Erasmus+ Programme.

“Thanks to the European Union's Erasmus Mundus Programme I can now call myself a Marine Biologist”

Hamida Mbwana, has recently completed her Master’s Degree in Marine Biological Resources (IMBRSea) which was funded under the Erasmus+ Programme.

She has specialised in the management of living marine resources studying at five European Universities. She spent the first four months at Ghent University in Belgium, which was the coordinating university, then on to the University of Algarve in Portugal studying fisheries management and conservation, then Bergen University in Norway studying aquatic food production and fish nutrition and the University of Basque Country in Spain where she spent three months doing professional practice. She then returned to Portugal to the Institute of Psychological, Social and Life Sciences (ISPA) to finalise her Master’s thesis. 

The IMBRSea program is an Erasmus Mundus programme taking the strengths from the previous International Master of Science in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation (EMBC+) and prepares students for the rapidly evolving demands of the blue bioeconomy and research on the sustainable use of marine biological resources.

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“Erasmus+ has made me flexible, adaptive and self-reliant, and has made me more open and tolerant towards other cultures. Going abroad was a huge boost for my self-confidence.”

Hamida is convinced her studies would not have been possible without the support of the European Union.  She is now equipped with knowledge and skills on the management of living marine resources.

“Now I can call myself a Marine biologist. Thank you all for helping me reach my professional potential“.

Since completing her studies in July 2020, Hamida has reported back to her previous job at Meatu District Council in Simiyu Region where she is working as a Fisheries Officer. She says, she is ready to practice what she has acquired for the sustainability of oceans and living aquatic resources.

“I can proudly claim that it was the best experience of my life, which broadened my horizon and my way of thinking. I have travelled to various countries (Belgium, Portugal, Spain, France, Sweden, and Norway), made new friends from all parts of the world and shared different ideas and cultural experiences.”

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