Meet Pema Ugyen, featured alumnus of VHL University of Applied Sciences (VHL)’s professional master programme Agricultural Production Chain Management. He graduated cum laude in 2019. Pema currently works as Senior Livestock Production Officer (District Livestock Sector) in Punakha, Bhutan. 
Read his full interview here.

“I really appreciated coming to the Netherlands. Beyond all the education and excursions are the relationships that I built. I have friends from Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, the Philippines, Taiwan, Myanmar, Butan, Vietnam, Japan. VHL brought the world into my arms! That is something I will forever be grateful for.  What I know now as a Value Chain expert is that it’s not just one answer fits all. VHL has taught me through practical applications that you need to relate to situations, for instance of farmers, and bring out practical innovative solutions to their problems. If I consult for a project, the approach that I use is very, very smart: It’s specific, measurable, achievable, relatable and time bound. This is something I learned from VHL and it’s really helping me where I am now. Thank you!”
Grace Chibuzor Agomoh, Nigeria, APCM graduate 2020

“As an alumni of APCM, I have learned various value chain management techniques that would help us as students and as future professionals. Enthusiastic and qualified teachers with at least a decade of experience helped and shared with the students their knowledge. Throughout the semester, there were various opportunities for discussions, practical learning activities and assignments that gave us the opportunity to apply the lessons and techniques that we studied. I learned the importance of perseverance, being focused, commitment to work independently and as a team, among many other values. Other outcomes of my experience are building on my international network and learning about and from other cultures. These values, in my point of view, are the most important because this will not only help me in my work but also in my personal and academic life.”
Su Theint Win, Myanmar, APCM graduate 2018

“VHL has a good education system, I would say. Based on my experience it was quite different compared to our system in Tanzania. As the course progressed I was able to cope with it. While I gained skills and knowledge throughout my studies, I also gained a valuable practical and professional experience. The practical experience for instance helped me to confidently do my research work on value chain analysis on soybean in Tanzania. Now I am confident that I can successfully conduct any agricultural value chain analysis projects across the globe.”
Beda Mitungi, Tanzania, APCM graduate 2018

“Based on my experience VHL uses a practical approach in its teaching and learning. Equipping students with professional ethics such in report preparation, presentations, good communication, time management, and good interpersonal skills. Personally, this was what I was looking for at this stage of my career and I think VHL made me perform better professionally. The school environment, the facilities, the teaching and none-teaching staff were all very welcoming. It’s a good place to study.”
Frank Oduro, Ghana, APCM graduate 2018

“The VHL learning style is like riding a roller coaster – very rigorous and challenging but very exciting. You really see the added value and the impact of the experience after completing the course. Maybe even more than while undergoing it, because it is a real-life experience you have to manage. You are on your own to figure things out - with guidance, of course - and that is life learning!”
Habiba Nyarko Agyemang, Ghana, APCM graduate 2018

“The system of education at VHL is very interesting. I learned a lot of skills and developed my critical thinking. Apart from that I also gained good friends and network from different countries!”
Meron Rata, Ethiopia, APCM graduate 2018

“Back in Zimbabwe I will train small-scale dairy farmers. I will encourage them to make sustainable innovations so that they can increase their incomes while consciously dealing with climate change.”
Honour Shumba, Zimbabwe, APCM graduate 2018

More information:

Master Agricultural Production Chain Management