Maria Pentzel is a young Tanzanian with BSc. in Fisheries and Aquaculture and Erasmus Mundus Master's degree in Maritime Spatial Planning who has recently graduated from Italy/Europe as part of Erasmus+ programme. Maria is back in Tanzania after her completion of a 2-year master degree.
Erasmus+ is the European Union's programme to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe. Erasmus+ doesn't just have opportunities for students. Merging seven prior programmes, it has opportunities for a wide variety of individuals and organisations. Erasmus+ brings such opportunities to all - students, staff, trainees, teachers, volunteers and more. It's not just about Europe or Europeans either - with Erasmus+, people from all over the world can access opportunities.
In 2017 Maria was one of the scholars who were awarded a scholarship to study a Joint Erasmus Mundus Masters Course in Maritime Spatial Planning (EMMCMSP). What’s special about Erasmus Mundus is that you study different parts of the same joint programme at different universities. Maria’s studies took her to the University of the Azores in Portugal, University of Seville in Spain and University of Venice in Italy (which was the coordinating university).
'I am now not only equipped with the knowledge and skills on the Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) but also a life experience in three different European countries,' says Maria.' I really appreciate for the opportunity and your financial support which made all this possible for me', emphasizes Maria in her email to the EU Delegation.
Maria will now report back to her previous job at the Ubungo Municipal Council where she worked as a Fisheries Officer.
While studying abroad, Maria did not only develop her core skills as a Marine Expert. The programme’s inter-disciplinary approach also gave her a wider view of spatial planning and the way it is tackled in different countries. The course brings together teaching from different countries, but also different experiences and outlooks from the multi-national student group who followed the degree course. This international outlook gained during study abroad is more and more sought after by employers in today’s globalised world. Maria also improved her skills in several languages.
As a person with knowledge in the Maritime field, Maria has noted an improvement in the industry back home. 'I am happy that Tanzania is in its initial stages towards MSP and Blue Growth per se which makes me excited on looking forward to joining the MSP team though at the moment I don't know how but I believe there will be an opportunity sooner or later,' said Maria.
Maria is willing to share her experience and even volunteer her time in order to benefit others.
The EU is proud to contribute to the empowerment of young Tanzanians, women and men. Through Erasmus+ the EU is also promoting inclusion and progress on gender equality and women's empowerment.
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