Humans of IHS: Farbod Malekpour

Humans of IHS is a mini-portrait series that features the people who make IHS a unique place. Many of the urban professionals with common roots at IHS, often describe it as a very welcoming, familiar space, where they not only acquired valuable knowledge for their career, but also formed solid ties and friendships with their peers. This is what drove us to create this mini-series: the wish to give others a glimpse of the amazing people that make IHS special.

Farbod is currently doing the Urban Environment, Sustainability and Climate Change Master track offered by IHS, Erasmus University. He is a hard worker from Iran who tries to be the best version of himself every day. “What drives me through life are my goals, so I give whatever I have every day to succeed. I enjoy dedicating a lot of time to self-improvement, and I believe it is crucial in accomplishing my goals.”

If he could solve a single issue, it would be global warming.

 “Heatwaves is something to take seriously. The situation is getting worse every year as the global temperature is rising. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change IPCC report came out recently, and it is an alarm to the whole world for the necessary actions to be taken.”

Due to COVID-19, classes at IHS were held online. Farbod made the best of his time in the Netherlands and had trips around the country during the school year. As the measures got more relaxed in the spring, the students finally got the chance to see each other in person again. “Seeing new faces and finally meeting our lecturers after the lockdown was the most memorable moment for me.”  

Farbod also highlights the interactive online classes. 

“I am a huge fan of interactive classes, so as a student, I got to experience a lot of them. The Gaining from Land Use Transactions (GLUT) game was my favourite one as the whole experience was very authentic."

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