Bernabé Manhoca

Sponsored by: Van Oord

Studied: Mechanical Engineering at University of Lúrio

Based at: Nampula

Quick Fire Questions

Your favorite film?
Prison Break
Your preferred superpower
Your greatest fear:
Losing someone I love
Finally – You have just won $1,000,000 – what is the first thing you buy?
A house for my mother.
Where in Mozambique did you grow up?
I grew up in a small town in central Mozambique called Manica, I have 1 brother and 4 sisters. My father is a retired teacher and my mother is a merchant.
What are your best memories from childhood?
The best childhood memories I have are from the time we went to church as a family and when I played football with my childhood friends.
What do you think are the biggest challenges facing industry in Mozambique today?
I think that the biggest challenge for industries in Mozambique is the lack of qualified labour. To meet this need, industries have to train their employees, which steals time and spends resources.
How would your colleagues describe you?
Responsible, kind, friendly and social

“The Field Ready programme will help me to improve my technical skills and grow into my professional career in the industrial sector.”

Do you want to work abroad / work offshore / work in a large team / manage your own company?
In 5 years I would like my professional career to be confirmed in the job market and with greater technical and management skills. I would like to work abroad, work offshore and with a large team; this would help me a lot to open my horizons and learn a lot from my colleagues. And after 5 years I would like to be managing my own business.
What or who is your biggest inspiration?
My father is my great inspiration, he grew up in his father’s absence since he was 10 years old, and became an orphan at 18. He sacrificed a lot and managed to take care of his family and educated us with a lot of love. I mirror myself, I could say that he is a true hero for me, and a true self-taught as he claims to be.
What is your greatest achievement so far?
My biggest achievement so far is to be able to do higher education, a course that was considered difficult and approved to participate in the second edition of the Field Ready program.
Why did you decide to study engineering? What do you enjoy about it?
I decided to study engineering for passion for machines and a little curiosity. I like the challenge that engineering offers, and I liked learning and developing skills that will help me and help develop my country.
How would you encourage young people in Mozambique to study engineering?
I would say that there are many opportunities for engineering because there are many industries in the country that need technical support. Engineering helps to develop technical and creative skills to face different types of challenges.