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Pronabec Experiences

3 students and 3 graduates of Master's Degree in Biodiversity tell how Peru's financial aid has contributed to their training

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From left to right, José Manuel Alejandro Cerdán, Madeleine Lucila Gutiérrez and Renzo Antonio seminar.
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11/05/17 16:21 Laura Juampérez

Renzo Antonio seminar, José Manuel Alejandro Cerdán and Madeleine Gutiérrez (MBPGS 2017) have embarked on the final part of the Master's Degree in Biodiversity, Landscapes and Sustainable management with the peace of mind of having been able to count on the scholarship Pronabec: a financial aid of the Ministry of Education of the Peruvian Government for both postgraduate program and doctorate courses.

As explained by Renzo Antonio seminar, the scholarship Presidente de la República (as the financial aid is specifically called) has several requirements that must be "demonstrated", such as belonging to "the upper third of the university where you study". "Also the justification of several years of experience in the line of work of Master's Degree, going through an interview staff, etc.", details José Manuel Alejandro Cerdán. In his case, he considers that the postgraduate program is providing him with "the tools that complement the work he was doing at assessment environmental in Peru". "When I return to Peru," he continues, "I aspire to work in the area of teaching in a prestigious university".

Renzo also appreciates that Master's Degree provides a very broad vision of the environmental management and that he, as a biologist, assures that it "enriches" his knowledge. His most immediate plans are also limited to area professor : "And to be able to dedicate myself, at the same time, to wildlife conservation, which I am passionate about".

Madeleine, who is also studying Master's Degree in the 16-17 academic year, accessed the scholarship through the same national public competition: "The Master's Degree in Biodiversity at the University of Navarra interested me above all for its management aspect, since our country is very rich in natural resources that require an adequate and comprehensive management ". In this sense, her job goal in the near future is "to work in the field of environmental sciences, culture and heritage, applying what she has learned in terms of environmental management and contribute as a citizen to my country".

The role of the scholarship, one year later

Last year, several students from Master's Degree in Biodiversity also obtained this financial aid . Among them, Diego Andrés Neira and Sonia Noemí. One year later, and already in their positions at work, both tell how important it was for them to have the scholarship Pronabec as well as the realization of the Master's Degree.

"In my case," says Diego Andrés, "the process to obtain the scholarship took about a year. One of the critical points was to identify the program and the university where I would study Master's Degree. It was an important decision that demanded a great deal of my time, but it was worth it. He recalls that he decided on the MBPGS after confirming "that the Master's Degree was related to his degree program, met the needs of the labor market in his country, the chosen university enjoyed international prestige, the program had a cutting-edge theoretical-practical component and the professors were also recognized researchers ".

"Locating a program that met all of these requirements was not easy, but I found it at the University of Navarra's campus ." "Once there, the experience exceeded all my expectations, academic and personal," Diego emphasizes. "I learned that the study of an environment must contemplate many perspectives, for which multidisciplinary teams are essential. Upon graduation, in 2015, I returned to Peru and in two months I managed to join the National Forestry and Wildlife Service (SERFOR), a state institution with barely two years of creation and that puts on internship the approach of landscapes and the management sustainable of the country's flora and fauna resources. For me, it is the best place to put on internship everything I learned at UNAV, especially in two of the components that I took in the Master's Degree: research of biodiversity and management", details the graduate.

Sonia Noemí (MBPGS 2015) did not find it easy to get the scholarship Pronabec to come to study in Europe, especially considering that she had studied Communication and wanted to opt for a postgraduate program among a group majority of applicants from scientific areas. Finally, she did not give up and in 2014 she started the Master's Degree.

Once finished, he assures that he would recommend it "because it allows to deeply explore different specialties, through the teachers. To know, for example, that soundscapes exist through field experiences where doubts are cleared and creative ideas are planted that can be applied in any other part of the world". He also points out the great advantage that Navarra has of having, in a few kilometers, so many different landscapes. "And the most important thing," he emphasizes, "is that at the University of Navarra you find a family that you never expected, made up of colleagues and professors who transmit confidence and optimism".

Sonia has not done badly after studying at Master's Degree: "When I returned to my country I began to give talks at the School of Biology of the National University of San Agustín and, at the same time, I was selected with a short film that was part of my work end of Master's Degree at a film festival in Córdova (Argentina)". "In addition," she continues, "I have participated in a project of tree trails for the district of Miraflores, in Lima, which is part of a meeting of sustainable cities." "If possible," she culminates, "I would like to dedicate myself to research in landscapes. I don't see myself in a daily work , but reinventing myself all the time, undertaking...".