- Student type: International
- Degree type: PhD
- Degree(s): Doctor of Philosophy
PhDMed (Paramedical Studies)
“I am proud and privileged to be the very first paramedic with a PhD and a Monash Alumnus” says Dr Ala’a Oteir, who was notably the very first paramedic in Jordan to obtain a PhD.
Ala’a went to Monash on a scholarship from Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST) and returned to JUST after completing his PhD.
He reflects that studying at Monash/Department of Community Emergency Health and Paramedics Practice (DCEHPP) had a huge impact on his development and future career. “During my time at Monash I learned so many personal and professional skills that helped me progress so quickly. For example, I was appointed as an Assistant Dean at the Faculty of Applied Medical Sciences in 2017, within my first year at JUST.”
He chose Monash because of its reputation and high ranking among international universities. According to Ala’a, only a few universities in the world have higher degrees in paramedicine and Monash was the only university to have a PhD degree in this field at the time.
His advice to others is to “be sure that you choose the best destination for your degree. Monash provides an opportunity for a life-changing experience. Love what you do and always seek the best.”
As it turned out, Ala’a’s completion of his PhD at Monash was just the start of a very successful long-term relationship with the university, both for him personally and for JUST.
While Ala’a was undertaking his PhD, Monash and JUST signed an MoU and jointly organised the very first paramedics program in Jordan and the Middle East. In November 2018, in partnership with Monash University, the 4th JUST Paramedic International Conference was held in Jordan.
Three Jordanians from JUST are currently completing their PhDs at Monash/DCEHPP which is another really positive outcome of the Monash-JUST relationship.
“Based on the experience I gained, I've helped the quality of teaching and training in the paramedics program at JUST. In addition, with the help of DCEHPP, we established a research agenda, as research in paramedicine is very scarce in Jordan, but things are improving and changes are happening.”
Ala’a’s relationship with Monash is continuing to strengthen and deepen. He is an Adjunct Lecturer with DCEHPP and he values his ongoing relationships with colleagues and supervisors who continue to provide support and assistance when needed. “Monash will not only help you grow during your studies, but also will continue to do so after graduation,” he says.