Chunyu Liang (China), Class'07

Chunyu Liang (China), Class'07

I have a bachelor's degree in environmental engineering and I was taking my graduate study in thermal science and energy engineering at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, while working in the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) field at the same time. My research interests included wastewater treatment, the CDM as well as climate change, solid waste management, renewable energy and environmental assessment and management.

I was referred to MESPOM through the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics at Lund University, Sweden one of the MESPOM consortium partners. I choose MESPOM after careful consideration of their inter- and multi-national curricula. I realised that this would be the best place to go and nowhere else could I find a programme that so much suits my situation.

My experience at MESPOM so far has proven that I had made a right decision. The first thing I would like to mention is that the MESPOM programme provides an excellent platform for anyone who has a goal in the environmental field to widen his/her eyesight. Lectures are given by distinguished professors and scholars from leading institutions worldwide. Throughout the study so far, one unique feature of the whole course I have found is that lecturers always try to deliver information and knowledge in a multidimensional way so that we can deal with issues on the regional, national and international level by different dimensions. This is something that is not much emphasized in the graduate study of my country. Besides academic benefits from the programme, a second fantastic thing is that students in this programme come from countries all over the world. We have representatives from five continents. They all have different professional and academic backgrounds. All people come and sit together to study and discuss different environmental issues. This fascinating experience is the thing that one can benefit in all his/her life. Third, the programme puts us into an environment with abundant history, architecture and unique culture in which we have to use a foreign language which is not the local/official language. Never before have I dreamed that I would come to Europe for graduate study. I truly appreciate this opportunity offered by the MESPOM consortium, and the European Commission Erasmus Mundus programme, whose efforts have made this dream come true.