Mahlet Teka Anche from Ethiopia started her European Master in Animal Breeding and Genetics in 2009 at Wageningen University, the Netherlands. For the second year of the programme she moved to Austria, to study at BOKU University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna.
"My name is Mahlet, I’m from Ethiopia. I finished my bachelor degree in animal and range sciences five years ago from Awassa University, College of Agriculture, in Ethiopia. After that, I started working as a graduate assistant for the department of animal sciences, for the nutrition section in the University where I graduated.
After working there for almost 2 years, I decided to pursue my Masters and then applied for two scholarship programs, one for the Erusmus Mundus Animal Breeding and Genetics (EM-ABG) scholarship and also for Vilr-uos scholarship In Aquaculture. Fortunately, I was offered both of the scholarships. Even though it was tough to decide between the two fields of study, after thorough research on what subjects will be covered in each of the scholarships, I finally decided that I wanted to pursue my study in Animal breeding and genetics.
Then three years ago I came to The Netherlands and did my first year masters study at Wageningen University. Even though it was a challenging year for me, I enjoyed my stay here in Wageningen. As I expected, I was satisfied by all the courses I took and the thesis experience I had. I met lots of people from all over the world and experienced the life in Europe for the first time in my life.
After that I went to Vienna, Austria for my second year study. I also enjoyed my stay at Boku, University of Life Sciences. And finally, I graduated by the end of June, 2011. One important feature of the EM-ABG program that I like the most is the fact that we have to rotate among the different Universities. For me, moving from one university to another gives me an opportunity to improve my weakness that I thought they were during my first year study.
While I was doing my second year masters study, I applied for a PhD program in Wageningen. And I got the position there and now, I’m in my second year of my PhD. The project focuses on Modelling of interaction between individuals and its consequence of selection for improved resistance to infectious disease. I’m working with two supervisors, one from Animal Breeding and Genomics group (ABGC) and one from Quantitative Veterinary Epidemiology (QVE). I really like what I’m doing and I'm hopeful to be a successful PhD candidate."