Michael Mutuku MWANIA - Kenya
“A lot has changed in terms of how I tackle problems in my work place. The pressure at ITC has hardened me to the point that nothing is impossible to me however challenging it may be.”
I learned a big lesson the moment I landed at Schipol airport… which was to always read instructions well! I made an assumption and forgot to read the hardcopies I received from NUFFIC with details about the Netherlands, including train departures. Guess what? Instead of boarding the intercity train, I took the one which stops in every town!
I joined ITC in 2004, after reading an ITC Journal at the Kenya Institute of Surveying and Mapping Library. After that I went to the Netherlands embassy for more details, and since then a lot has changed in terms of how I tackle problems in my work place. The pressure at ITC has hardened me to the point that nothing is impossible to me however challenging it may be. I shared the materials i got from ITC with my colleagues in the work place and have tried to keep myself updated by attending relevant workshops and short courses.
After attending ITC I got a job in the National Mapping Organization of Kenya after working in the private sector for a while. Currently I am seconded to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission as a GIS Analyst.
Refresher courses organized by the University of Twente / NUFFIC have been useful, especially the recent one on Sensors, Empowerment and Accountability (SEMA), the course was technical and very relevant to my career.
I am now a father of one son (Allan) and a husband to one loving wife (Fridah)!
Unfortunately I forgot to buy the traditional Dutch wood shoe and I hope one day to go back in ITC (Now University of Twente) and come back with one!