Speech by Deshanya Naidoo, South Africa, Master’s student DTU, Sustainable Energy at the launch of the Master’s programme, 8. November 2023
“My name is Deshanya, and I am currently pursuing a master’s degree in sustainable energy at DTU. I have worked in various aspects of sustainability during my professional career, namely water, waste, and the circular economy. Growing up in South Africa, I have witnessed first-hand the impacts of energy insecurity on people, livelihoods, and the economy. I knew I wanted to have a holistic view of sustainability, and given my experience so far, learning more about energy would be the missing piece to my understanding.
The master’s program is also internationally recognized as one of the best in its field, considering the advancements Denmark has made in its sustainable energy transition.
With DTU’s innovative learning approaches, I’ve already been exposed to companies and technologies that I believe could play a role in the South African energy landscape.
I have learned a great deal about different and new approaches to energy and the green transition, and with time, I hope to delve more into these topics and explore their applicability in areas beyond Europe.
What I hope to gain from this experience is, of course, a solid understanding of the academic content. Additionally, I hope to build a network of ambitious professionals who want to bring about innovative solutions to the energy challenges faced worldwide. Living in a different country, far away from my friends and family, will also be a massive learning curve, and I know I will grow both personally and professionally by stepping outside my comfort zone.
In addition to sustainability, I am passionate about the intersection of the environment and economic systems to bring about prosperity to society. Thus, following the degree, I hope to gain more practical experience in the sustainable energy sector, particularly in the project development and technology deployment field. I aim to use my knowledge, new ideas, and ways of thinking to make a meaningful contribution to alleviating the energy and poverty crisis, not only in my home country, South Africa, but across Africa and the world.
I’d like to end by saying that this opportunity has been truly life-changing to me, and I am genuinely grateful for the experience. I am motivated to use this opportunity to give back and create an impact.”Go back to all stories