Aqsha Nur and his family, who are from Indonesia, are living at Goodenough while he completes a PhD at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
As an Indonesian with a small family, it is a tremendous honour to receive a Goodenough Scholarship. The Goodenough PhD Scholarship has not only alleviated my educational expenses but also reaffirmed my dedication to academic excellence and personal development.
Goodenough donors’ investment in my education has empowered me to devote more time to my studies and public health related projects, allowing me to pursue my interests in global health and diabetes and hone my research, management, and leadership skills to their fullest potential.
I began my Doctor of Public Health programme at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in September 2023. Under the guidance of my professors I am conducting research on diabetes screening policy – a disease that affects 500 million people. This programme will take three to four years to complete and I hope to remain in the College until 2027.
The Goodenough Scholarship has had an impact not only my academic journey, but also that of my wife, Ayu Sarena – who aspires to become a surgeon after I have completed my studies – and my young son. Both are here with me in London while I complete my studies.
I am committed to using the knowledge and skills I acquire to make a positive difference in the lives of others and the College’s confidence in my ability has strengthened my resolve to become a responsive and caring member of society.
The kindness of the Goodenough donors who contributed towards my Scholarship will have a special place in my heart forever. I eagerly anticipate the day when I can repay the kindness they have shown me.