“I met some people that I wouldn't meet if I were not accepted in the programme. I have been taught in some interesting fields concerning to current affairs in forestry and natural resources management. I travelled to and visited some beautiful places.” 29/06/2015
“ What I get from MEDfOR: Academically, I get new knowledge, improve my skills and acquire new tools for dealing with Mediterranean ecosystems and their issues. Personally, meeting new friends and other collegues has given me new perspectives about different cultures and helped me to my personal development.” 07/11/2016
“Now, I am doing my Master thesis on ¨Association between ambrosia fungi and wood boring beetles in Italy¨ at the University of Padova, Italy. For me, to become a part of the MEDfOR family, it open the door to meeting diverse excellent culture, people and study environment as well as expand my knowledge field in depth of Forestry.” 22/06/2015
“The program has provided us with an opportunity to learn how to manage natural resources in different scenarios especially in changing climate, learn and know new language and cultures, and meet people from all over the world. This all will help me (us) in our professional life.” 28/06/2015
“The program provided me with an opportunity not only to learn but also to meet people from all over the world. During the program, I have been facing new challenges and learning how to handle new situations.” Muhammad Muddasir, Pakistan. 2015.
Sadly to everyone, Muhammad Muddair died in December 2017. In the words of his thesis advisor, Prof. Paolo de Angelis: "Muhammad obtained the MSc degree at University of Tuscia with the maximum grade and the extra mention “cum laude”, presenting a Thesis on “Efficacy of Biochar in Reducing Cu and Zn Toxicity in Manure Sludge Using Biological Indicators”. In the following years continued the scientific activity at the University of Tuscia, as PhD student, investigating the “Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Rice Fields under Different Management Systems at Global Level”. As MSc thesis supervisor I particularly appreciated his interest and motivation to learn but also his efforts into assimilating it to his own experience and developing his own ideas. He was an excellent student, able to work very well both independently and in a team. Hard worker, diligent, and capable of running many activities at the same time." December 2017.
“The MEDfOR experience has been very enriching for me as it has boosted my international experience and broken the cultural doubts I always had about different cultures. The intercultural experience has empowered me with the ability to fit into any society and work diligently to achieve my goals. More especially enriching is the course content and the accompanying practical methods and the application of new technologies that has helped me have a hands-on approach at forestry management and in the management of natural resources. It has been an unforgettable experience." June 2016.
"I am currently working as the Global Country Capacity Support Officer with the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) Global programme in FAO headquarters here in Rome. I have been working with the team here since May 2016." November 2018.
“Since I am part of the Medfor program I have had really very rewarding experiences, meeting new people all over the world and discovering new research approaches for sustainable forests. As my professional interest is towards forest pathology I had the opportunity to study particularly Phytophthora diseases for my final thesis. Regarding personal skills, this master helped me to grow, as I needed to face new challenges while living in different countries (Spain and Italy).” October 2015.
“Concerning my opinion about Medfor, I would like to say that this program was a good opportunity for me to improve my academic background in environment sciences,also it allowed me meet to people from diffrent countries and cultures, which presents a source of richness... “ October 2015
"MEDFOR was a major steppingstone for both my career path and personal life. The multicultural environment, great variety of courses and mobility between countries equipped me with a broad perspective on diverse forestry issues. It boosted my international experience and greatly expended my professional network, consequently increasing potential job opportunities. Graduating from MEDFOR I had a much clearer vision of my professional direction, classmates who issued positions in key institutions and lots of new friends worldwide.
Nowadays, I am the director of Forest Management Department and Coordinator for Research and Foreign Relations in Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael (KKL-JNF) which is the acting Forest Service of Israel, and MEDFOR had a great contribution for this achievement." January 2018.
“First of all, thanks to Erasmus Mundus program for the MEDFOR program. It introduced me to a completely new type of ecosystem. I have been able to learn about the adaptive management system of a water stressed region with MEDFOR. It has taught me also about the basic strategies to tackle with fire; one of the most severe problems for the Mediterranean region. Moreover, I have gained knowledge about advanced forest management strategies by with the program. I am doing my PhD in University of Lisbon. My thesis focuses on the projection of sea level rise in Bangladesh until 2100." November 2018.