Thousands of students from around the world vied for the title of Adzuna’s Student of the Year 2018. While the number of applications was higher than ever, one student has nevertheless stood out. Adzuna is pleased to announce that the winner is…
Bibata Amadou Sala Assane
Bibata is currently studying Engineering, specialising in Environment – Building – Energy at Polytech Annecy-Chambéry in France and Water and Sanitation at the International Institute for Water and Environmental Engineering at Burkina Faso.
She chose her specialty after witnessing the difficulty that people face with finding safe and accessible drinking water in her native country, Niger. Her dream is to become a research engineer in environment and water treatment, and she hopes to work on research surrounding sustainable clean water solutions and projects that provide access to safe drinking water in remote areas.
Alongside her studies, Bibata took part in two leadership programs in America: the Youth Leadership Program for French-speaking Africa and the Women to Women Leadership Program. Our panel was also impressed by her achievement of winning third prize in the Young Ambassadors Program last year, where she worked on a project to prevent the spread of malaria.
We spoke with Bibata about her thoughts on winning the esteemed title and prizes:
How does it feel to be Adzuna’s Student of the Year 2018?
I didn’t expect to win this prize. There are a lot of people who participated in the competition and are equally as deserving. Winning this award does not make me superior, but I see it as a reward for a student who wakes up every morning fighting to achieve her goals and dreams.
What will your prize money go towards?
For the moment, I’ll use part of the prize money to fund my last year of university. As for the rest, I will take careful consideration to ensure that it will be used wisely.
What’s the biggest step you’ve taken towards achieving your dream job so far?
My mother always told me, “work hard, do not give up. Always strive to achieve your goals and success will come”. Following this advice has helped me to progress throughout my career. When I wanted to learn about all of the processes that can provide quality water, this advice has helped me overcome the various challenges that I had to face.
What do you hope to learn during your internship?
I hope to understand how water treatment, routing and monitoring techniques work from the source to the consumer.