Dr Nashid Kamal from Bangladesh studied for her PhD in Medical Demography at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, graduating in 1996. She is currently Adjunct Professor in the School of Business, BRAC University, and in the Department of Public Health, State University Bangladesh. Here she tells us about her memories of the School, and what she has been up to since then…
“I decided to study at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine because I was very interested in working with Professor John Cleland who had significant contributions to the field of Demography, especially in Bangladesh. One of the greatest challenges I faced during my degree was living in London alone with two young children. However I had a lot of support from my fellow students, the departmental secretary Evelyne, and the faculty – especially my supervisor Andrew Sloggett.
Gaining the PhD from the School has been very important for me. I have since obtained several grants, rose in my position from Assistant Professor to Associate and then full Professor in 2000, all within four years of earning my degree. I have also become a Consultant for various UN bodies, which I believe was all due to my exposure at the School. In every way I have been benefitted by the relationships formed at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. In the academic field – I have had further collaborations with my faculty and my fellow PhD students working in various places in the world.
The proudest moments of my career so far were to earn my PhD from the School, and also knowing and working with Professor John Cleland and hearing praises from him to other Bangladeshis when they met him professionally. As to the future? I have been teaching since 1986 – The Masters in Public Health thesis that I supervise, and the publications of students and myself, is something of a legacy that I hope to leave behind.”