International MSc student Yi-Ying Chou receives TCD Global Excellence Scholarship

A huge Congratulations to our international MSc student Yi-Ying Chou who is a recipient of the TCD Global Excellence Scholarship and received her award from Prof. Juliette Hussey.

Student Testimonial from Ying

Your Name:

Yi-Ying Chou

Where you’re from (City, Country):

Taipei, Taiwan

Course Name, the year your course starts & the year your course finishes:

A postgraduate program in Mental Health Nursing, 2019/2020

Year in College (if undergraduate) or Year you Graduated (if an alumnus):


What high school did you attend in your home country?

1996-2001: University of Kang Ning - Postsecondary Specialised College of Nursing

Why did you choose to study at Trinity?

Trinity College Dublin (TCD) is the top university in Ireland and is recognized internationally as Ireland's leading university. The postgraduate program in TCD is academically challenging and rewarding, which has always encouraged the development of the brightest minds, as well as creativity, innovation, research and development of societal reforms. I also noticed that TCD’s strategic plan focuses on developing interdisciplinary research of international significance, which is related to my area of interest. I hoped that I could compare the difference of mental health problems, nursing care and environments in various countries, especially at a well-known high quality educational university.

What are you most enjoying about your experience of coming to Ireland and studying at Trinity?

I am studying in a postgraduate program in Mental Health Nursing at TCD. The most enjoyable experience is that I explored in depth the cross-cultural differences in mental health policy, psychiatric nursing, professional knowledge and skills. I have learned some different perspectives of dignity on mental health patients and their families. During the course, I noticed that Trinity’s professors worked hard to fight stigma and discrimination for people with mental illness and their families, which are huge obstacles to all forms of prevention, treatment, care, and support, as well as the wellbeing of society as a whole. It is a privilege to be a part of that effort. Through your support, I am developing suitable clinical mental health nursing skills and methods based on my clinical experiences, utilising everything I learn through your programme to provide appropriate caring strategies. Moreover, I participated in seminars to share my experience with others and contribute to knowledge diversity within my own community and broader Irish society. I am trying my best to bring experiences from Taiwan and Asia to share with everyone to help the development of mental health nursing, the human rights of psychiatric patients and their families, including my classmates, students, colleagues, academics and even the whole society. I am like a conduit for nursing professional information, cross-cultural interaction and friendship between Ireland and Eastern countries. I am involving in advanced mental health roles, including its promotion, prevention of mental disorders, care of psychiatric patients and their families and protection of human rights. I believe that these experiences will enhance the reputation and long-term positive global impact of Ireland's role in mental health care.

What advice would you give to a student considering attending Trinity? Any tips?

Firstly, I would suggest that students who would like to attend Trinity attend some international conferences and take some courses abroad. Before I got the offer from Trinity, I gave a presentation in Brazil in 2016 and conducted cross-culture nursing, geriatric nursing and community-based chronic schizophrenia research. I also took the courses of International Nursing Clinical Studies and Multicultural and Medical Care, which involved visiting hospitals in the USA, and the Royal General Practice Clinical and Nursing Home in London. These courses enabled me to learn more about cultural differences in nursing and broadened my horizons.
Secondly, I would suggest that students need to be passionate about their field and have strong self-motivation. This would allow them to be more creative, more confident in their field, to push their limitations and to achieve their goals. I believe these factors should make students more successful during their application to Trinity and while studying here.

What are 3 things that people in your country would like about Trinity/Dublin/Ireland?

  1. Strong reputation: There are a lot of international students here because Trinity has a high class reputation around the world. Trinity also encourages innovation and provides flexible educational resources for students, which is a leading educational and research destination for students across the globe.
  2. Post-graduation working opportunities in Ireland and abroad: Studying at TCD can provide a great opportunity to further increase your working opportunities in Ireland or other countries within your area of interest. Studying at Trinity and Coming to Dublin is a gateway to work in the rest of Europe.
  3. Cross-cultural studying environment: Because of the diversity of international students, studying at Trinity enables students to learn in an enriching cross-cultural environment.


Why did you choose to study your course at Trinity?

Studying at Trinity College Dublin was a marvellous opportunity for me. I was a registered nurse and a nursing teacher in Taiwan. I helped people who struggle with medical or mental health-related diseases and have experience working in the ER and ICU. After I graduated from my first postgraduate programme, I became an adjunct instructor at two universities from 2009 to 2016, teaching students about psychiatric nursing and geriatric care in hospitals. My nursing and teaching experience allows me to understand mental health and nursing education in Chinese society and be able to compare the differences in nursing care, education and environments in various countries. I hope to pursue further studies, especially in terms of psychiatric nursing, geriatric nursing, cross-cultural difference of nursing care, education and environment. Trinity’s mental health course is diverse, motivating, innovative and international in focus, which could enable me to work in advanced mental health roles, including the promotion of good mental health, the prevention of mental disorders, the care of psychiatric patients and their families, and the protection of human rights. This could enhance the reputation and long-term positive global impact of Ireland's role in mental health care. I also believe studying at Trinity can make me more focused on developing interdisciplinary research of international significance.

What did you like most about your course?

There are lots of students from different countries studying at Trinity. Meeting people from different countries on the course is enriching as I have been able to share experiences. Trinity has a wide range of societies, ethnicities, nationalities and cultures. Therefore, there is usually a broader discussion on different mental health issues worldwide during our courses. The teaching designs and educational methods are also different for international students, which broadened my academic experience. At TCD I explored cross-cultural differences in mental health problems, psychiatric nursing knowledge and skills.

What three words would you use to describe Trinity and please explain why?

Empathetic: During studying at Trinity, I noticed that its professors are compassionate and caring. Trinity is also committed to ensuring that all international students can have a wonderful learning experience. Trinity provides support and some resources to international students across a wide range of issues, including language learning, immigration, accommodation and other life requirements at Trinity or in living in Dublin. In particular, the officers of the Global Room are currently trained to help and to understand international students in different ways. There are several international events held in the Global Room student space, including national holiday celebrations, conferences, movies, art showcases or parties. In different ways, Trinity shows the highest empathic attitude of culture differences. This kind of educational environment with cultural empathy bridges the cultural gap between teachers and international students, which could change the whole society of the world gradually.

Challenging: In terms of academic quality and standards, Trinity has a high standard of academic performance and is renowned for academic excellence. Trinity’s courses are well structured and are demanding, which empower students in developing better critical thinking skills and enhancing the responsibility of learning autonomy. InĀ  particular, Trinity’s students are from 122 different countries, which offers a unique opportunity of interaction with diverse scholars, academic disciplines, cultures, languages, and values in a world-class environment. My teachers also encourage students to have thought-provoking questions and to create challenging goals without any self-imposed limitations. Undoubtedly, studying with so much diversity at Trinity is challenging, but this could help students to boost their potential, to express their capabilities at a higher level or to help prepare for a robust ministry after graduation. I am very grateful for this opportunity to study at Trinity.

Empowerment: Through Trinity’s encouragement and support, I noticed that studying at Trinity has an advantage of empowerment. Trinity’s empowerment provides some distinct advantages, including increasing the responsibility of worldwide mental health issues and the international responsiveness to mental health problems (as my major). During my time studying at Trinity, I have been encouraged by my professor that I can do more for our society or for the development of mental health professionals. I learned that every choice and action we make in our professional field would be able to change our society or create our future that we would like to build up. I am looking forward to making differences in some mental health areas. Dignity, emotional support and spiritual care for patients, families, and nurses are very important, so I would like to further build on this concept along with other mental health nursing skills. I would therefore like to study and research these areas in more depth at Trinity in the future.


Can you tell us how the scholarship has helped you?

Leaving my home in Taipei, Taiwan and relocating to Dublin was challenging, especially with the increasing cost of flights, accommodation and living expenses. This scholarship provided me with an opportunity to focus on my main objective of excelling in the Mental Health Nursing postgraduate program and made me more available for study across difference disciplines. Because of this scholarship, I could work harder throughout my studies and research, which should in turn help me to be successful in the future.