Student voices-Archam Ben Cheikh Hamidi
Archam Ben Cheikh Hamidi is a Comorian student enrolled at the African Centre of Excellence in Mines and Mining Environment (CEA MEM) of the National Polytechnic Institute Félix Houphoet Boigny – Cote d’ivoire. Archam is currently in his third year undertaking a Masters in Design Engineer Cycle. Archam tells us that he chose CEA-MEM because of the quality of technical water training that was being offered by the center. This, along with his passionate belief that this area is a “core pillar for the development of Africa” are what drives Archam in pursing post-graduate education.
When asked what he appreciated most about being a CEA-MEM student, Archam tell us “the work environment which greatly facilitated my course, both in terms of the equipment made available for training, and in terms of supervision.” ACE Impact project facilitates the provision of state-of-the-art equipment and facilities for the centres to ensure students have the highest quality education. Archam’s career goals is “to carry out projects with socio-economic impacts and greatly contribute to the development of my country and Africa in terms of scientific research, particularly those aimed at providing solutions to water-related problems.” When asked what advice he would give to other young students beginning the journey in pursuing master’s degree, Archam said “strive for excellence in work. A centre of Excellence like this is the perfect place to ensure good training.”