I come from Yunnan, China, where dental diseases are common and severe, and the treatment need is large. Formulating cost-effective treatment strategies, particular primary oral health care, is therefore essential. This impelled me to pursue further studies in Dental Public Health, and I am blessed to have the opportunity to learn at the HKU Faculty of Dentistry. The Faculty not only promotes excellence in dental research, but it also provides many valuable learning opportunities for students, such as engagement in community health projects, participation in knowledge exchange with various non-governmental organisations, and presentation of research work at international conferences. My time here so far has exceeded all expectations!
―Ms Shinan Zhang, (PhD year 4)
When I finished my BDS in Bangalore, India, I contemplated setting up my practice there but was advised by one of my teachers to pursue postgraduate studies in Hong Kong. I heeded his advice, my application to read for the MDS was accepted, and I became a port of his reputed University.
The MDS in Paediatric Dentistry inherently demanded a great degree of initiative and self-direction. It helped me to learn about the latest proven concepts, methods, and practices. Professors and supervisors provided continued guidance and feedback. Studying here was so exciting and satisfying, that I stayed on to do an Advanced Diploma in Paediatric Dentistry, and now, despite being offered a position in an equally acclaimed university abroad to do my PhD, I have decided to stay and pursue my PhD at the Faculty, which says it all.
Thank you HKU!.
―Dr Robet Anthonappa (PhD, Year 2012)
Doing research seemed very attractive to me when I was a postgraduate student at Nanjing Medical University, China. Although my Master’s degree in Medicine included a research project in prosthodontics, I still wanted to take part in further research work and have the opportunity to undertake an extensive project. Because of HKU’s worldwide reputation in research, I decided to read for a PhD degree at the HKU Faculty of Dentistry in 2006. My project is based on the effect of topical fluoride application on teeth in vitro, and I was very happy to win the Best Poster Presentation Award at the 31st Asia-Pacific Dental Congress earlier this year. I am enjoying my time in Hong Kong and I have learnt so much about both research and life.
―Dr Mei Lei (PhD, Year 2010)