Helen Nguyen – Master’s in Health Informatics

Helen is an international student and digital ambassador at Karolinska Institutet (KI). Do you have questions about student life at KI? Send her an email or read her blog.

Programme: Masters in Health Informatics 

From: Australia 

Contact me in: English, Vietnamese 

Email: helen.nguyen@stud.ki.se 

Read Helen's blog

Photo: Iida Tynkkynen

Since Karolinska Institutet (KI) is one of the top medical universities in the world, Helen could not resist coming here. With her pharmacy background, she wanted to expand her medical connections in Stockholm by joining the prestigious university. Helen was particularly impressed by the people she had met and read about, who had graduated and worked at KI and Karolinska University Hospital. She found them inspirational. They discussed evidence-based material and were critical, pragmatic and defiant. 

Helen is looking forward to meeting ‘her’ people in Sweden. She has travelled and lived in several different cities, and she has often found it difficult to find ‘real’ friends. During her time at KI, she looks forward to meeting students from different cultural and professional backgrounds with similar energy and lust for learning that she has. She is excited to hear their stories, absorb new skills and learn new ways of thinking. She is also looking forward to baking A LOT of cinnamon buns and snuggling up during wintertime.  

In 10 years, Helen hopes to be back in Oz learning how to ride a wave. That’s what all Australians do, right? In all honesty though, Helen sees herself as a digital health expert in the future. She would love to be able to travel for work, continue learning and gain professional and personal experiences worldwide. She also hopes to bring her family with her on this adventure.   

Helen loves, with an utmost passion, to cook. In her free time, she enjoys experimenting with vegan food, especially Asian vegan food. She has tried many times to become vegan but has unfortunately failed. Feel free to contact her if you have any tips or recipes. Helen also loves to dance. Crank up the volume and she will sing and boogie with you, but she also confesses that she is neither good at singing nor boogying.