More about Longtao (Isaac)
"My undergraduate course was in Clinical Medicine at a prestigious university in China. However, being a doctor is not where my interests lie. So I gave up the dream of my parents and went to NTU, searching for my own 'true' direction: instead of saving individual lives, I would like to help to promote the health of the whole society. I guess that's the reason why I chose MA Public Health at NTU.
"I was very nervous and under-confident when I arrived in the UK, since it was my first overseas experience. My English was my biggest barrier, even though I received the highest mark of 89% in the content module (The Basic Principle of Social Theories) at Nottingham Trent International College. When I started on the MA Public Health, my academic performance at NTU did not match the great efforts that I invested in my study because the language barrier and the holistic view of health was totally new to me. However, it did get better with perseverance and hard work. My experience might tell you that you don't need to worry too much if you struggle for a bit when you first arrive.
"After finishing my degree from NTU in 2010, I worked as FO Secretary and Research Assistant in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Nottingham University (China Campus) for nearly two years, which helped me to build my practical research skills and prepare myself for my PhD application. At present, I am undertaking PhD research, while at the same time I am employed as a tutor for the course Introduction to Health Studies at a university, partially due to the academic knowledge and skills I acquired at NTU.
"Additionally, my supervisors at NTU not only provided me with excellent academic support, but also personal support which has continued even after graduation, which makes me as an international student very proud to be 'Nottingham Trenter'. That is the greatest motivations behind my determination to be a public health practitioner in the future."
Due to his research, Isaac has since been invited to participate in the second International Conference on Age-Friendly Cities in Canada by the World Health Organisation, with a full bursary.