Lina Chiziane

Sponsored by: Van Oord

Studied: Foresty Engineering at Instituto Superior Politécnico de Gaza

Based at: Nampula

Quick Fire Questions

Your favorite film?
War Room
Your preferred superpower
Reading minds would be good and funny!, but I think – a healing superpower
Your greatest fear:
Bees and scorpions!
Finally – You have just won $1,000,000 – what is the first thing you buy?
My greatest desire is to do something to help my mother or our home
Where in Mozambique did you grow up?
I grew up in Xai-Xai City, Gaza province with my mother, father, 2 brothers and a sister. My mother is a primary school teacher. My father died, but he was a worker in the City council.
What are your best memories from childhood?
My best memories are from my childhood. I liked my childhood I had opportunity to pass time with different friends, my brothers and sister. In my childhood I enjoyed each day, and I was a happy child.
What do you think are the biggest challenges facing industry in Mozambique today?

I think the biggest challenges facing industry in Mozambique today are high unemployment rates in industry. The young people are the most affected so industry must change to give capacity to the young generation and help the growth of the future.

Companies must be able to employ people from regions where the industry is installed, preferentially the young female population, as it can delay a premature marriage

How would your colleagues describe you?
Fun, attentive and sentimental.

“Engineering is the science of planning; designing solutions for solving problems caused by human action that promotes the development and well-being of society.”

“I hope to have enough capacity to expose my knowledge and do the best for my country.”

How would you like your career to progress over the next 5 years?

Over the next 5 years, I would like to travel within my country, I want to get to know my country, and I also want to travel outside of Mozambique.

I would like to focus in environmental protection. I would like to be able to work to help reduce poverty. Mozambique is a country rich in natural resources and these resources can guarantee a stable life for the country. I believe the lack of autonomy makes this country poor. Other countries have explored our resources and guarantee a stable life for their country. We should show that Mozambique is capable and has the potential for exploration guaranteeing a better life and sustainability of resources.

I want to help develop my country.

What or who is your biggest inspiration?
My biggest inspiration is my Mother because even when my father died she remained determined and strong. When I finished 12a, I wondered how I would complete university, but my mother didn’t lose her faith. I remember when I received my positive result to go to university, she didn’t have the money at that time, so I went a bit later than others to university. She fought and made sacrifices to help me study. I am the youngest child and she has always motivated myself and my brothers and sister to look for new experiences. She dedicated her life to make us happy. I love my mum.
What is your greatest achievement so far?
My greatest achievement so far was in Special Reserve of Maputo. We were in a practical lesson provide by ISPG, my school of formation. We were in the site where there were various types of vegetation and wild animals; I felt connected to nature.
Why did you decide to study engineering? What do you enjoy about it?

When I was studying in 12a I had time to think about my future; I noted that the only area that could satisfy me was engineering. The discipline that I am doing isn’t exactly what I originally wanted to do; I wanted to do agronomic engineering, but I ended up studying forest engineering and falling in love with it.

I enjoy studying engineering because it allows me to have direct contact with nature. Engineering positively transforms the world in a better place and looks into the welfare of future generations.

How would you encourage young people in Mozambique to study engineering?

I would explain to them that engineering encompasses many branches, each with specific field specifications, application and types of technology used to make the person creative. With this area is possible to generate jobs with the knowledge acquired in the subjects studied and also through experiences acquired in internships. It allows the development of methods for solving problems.

When talking about engineering many people rush only to industry or architecture, but engineering isn’t just about that, engineering can also work in the sectors of construction, processing, the environment and much more.