From the Tanzanian countryside to the Dutch Randstad -an alumnus story by Hamisi Saidi
Hamisi Saidi came to the Netherlands in 2015 to study Poultry Husbandry and Animal Feeds in Barneveld at PTC+ (AERES Training Centre International). He has learned a lot after his studies in the Netherlands and implements this in his daily activities as he currently works at the Dodoma Livestock Training Agency in Tanzania.Hamisi started his career in the poultry industry after receiving his diploma in Animal Production. Afterwards, he started working for the Tanzanian Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries and specialized in the poultry sector. “I had some extra duties and I was in charge of teaching a module called Poultry Husbandry and Hatchery Management to students. Therefore, I became more interested in the subject and wanted to learn more. In 2015, I applied for a NFP scholarship to study at PTC+ in Barneveld and was accepted.” During his studies, Hamisi enjoyed the Dutch culture and landscape. “I enjoyed traveling through the countries and visiting cities, such as The Hague, Utrecht and Rotterdam. It is very easy to travel in the Netherlands because everything is relatively close, which is very different from Tanzania.” Hamisi’s favourite thing about the Netherlands? “That’s difficult, because I liked almost everything. I loved King’s Day, when everything was covered in orange, I loved the Turkish pizzas you could get after a night out, the public transport, the tulips in the Keukenhof. Everything was great, except for the weather… -11 and snow is a bit too cold for me…, but nevertheless, I loved the country and would love to work or live there permanently.”After returning to Tanzania, Hamisi implemented his knowledge of poultry in his professional career. He is now in charge of a new poultry working station, which falls under the Livestock Training Agency (LITA) Tengeru Campus, located in Arusha, Tanzania. LITA was established by the Tanzanian government by merging the six existing livestock training institutes and aims at improving overall performance of training, production, applied research and consultancy services in the area of animal health. The LITA campuses are now distributed all over the country, and work together with the government and other stakeholders, which includes the Dutch embassy in Tanzania. Hamisi learned a great deal from his time in the Netherlands, and he would definitely recommend other students to go too. “If you have the qualifications and means, apply for a scholarship. Even if it takes multiple tries, do not give up. The Dutch educational system is far better than Tanzania, because it is more practical and there is higher technology. Learn as much as you can from this, and then when you return to Tanzania, implement this knowledge. Study and work hard, and you will get so much in return.”The Holland Alumni network Hamisi is an active member of the Holland Alumni network, in Tanzania more commonly known as NAAT- Netherlands Alumni Association of Tanzania. “I try to attend all of the organised events, because it means a lot to me to connect with other Holland Alumni. We can share ideas and knowledge and help each other in certain fields, and it’s nice to talk about our experiences in the Netherlands. We also get daily updates from the Dutch embassy through the NAAT, which is very nice."Hamisi came to the the Netherlands to study Poultry Husbandry and Animal Feeds at PTC+ in Barneveld. His most important takeaway from his time in the Netherlands- the knowledge of the poultry sector, something he applies everyday. Hamisi's advice to incoming students: work hard, study hard and then everything is possible. Do not give up on your dreams. Find Hamisi on Linkedin or on the Holland Alumni network The Orange Knowledge Programme - the successor of the Netherlands Fellowship Programme - is a € 220 m Dutch global development programme, available in 54 developing countries and managed by Nuffic, a Dutch non-profit organisation for internationalisation in education. Launched mid-2017, it aims to have provided tens of thousands with the possibility to change their future through education and training by mid-2022. The programme is funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Information about scholarship opportunities under the Orange Knowledge Programme can be found www.studyinholland.nl/okp.