Peter Ndungu Waihenya
- Course: Sustainable Energy Systems MSc
- Nationality: Kenyan
Why did you decide to study a masters at the University of Leeds?
I decided to study a masters at this university because it is a world class university which is renowned for its academic excellence. I was also assured the quality of education and the modules offered under the masters programme gave the practical and theoretical teaching that I desired.
What has been the best aspect of studying on your course and at the University so far and why?
Working and sharing ideas with students from across the world who have done different undergraduate degrees has been the best aspect of studying this course. I have also made friends and gained interesting knowledge on different countries and cultures.
Tell us about some of the exciting projects you have completed.
I have interviewed a successful engineering entrepreneur from my home country as part of my Enterprise Awareness module. This has enabled me to relate the enterprise knowledge gained in class to what goes on in the real world. I have analysed a solar thermal (parabolic trough), a fuel cell and an off-shore wind turbine electricity generating system’s whole-chain efficiency as part of my class assignment. My dissertation entails collaboration with the Leeds City Council on the capture and insightful presentation of carbon dioxide abatement measures carried out across the city of Leeds. This will assist in the strategic planning and management of the city with regards to its climate change mitigation commitments.
What does Leeds as a city have to offer students?
Leeds is a vibrant, friendly and multi-cultural student city that is very welcoming. Contrary to my expectation, I was able to settle in fast and blend well with the people. Whether it’s entertainment, shopping or eating, Leeds offers some of the UK’s leading brands.
What are your ambitions for the future?
I would like to gain experience by working in/with sustainable energy companies and ultimately start my own enterprise which will provide solutions to the growing need of affordable, reliable and low-carbon energy solutions.
What experiences at Leeds do you think will help you in your future career?
Having been encouraged and taught on being a critical thinker as well as having engaged in team-work on almost all my modules, I believe that I have gained vital experience that will help me in working for companies towards a common goal and enable me to clearly determine effective and efficient means of starting and growing an enterprise.
What would you say to students coming to do the same course?
Students coming to study the Sustainable Energy Systems MSc course should expect a great learning experience. They should also expect to put in a lot of work but should know that the university has a very supportive staff and departments, including the library. My final remark: - The university will definitely transform their lives for the better!