A pilot international exchange programme for paramedic students

RationaleStudy in other countries is viewed as a strategic goal for many universities, as it promotes understanding of world issues affecting society, cultural competence, and international engagement, which are valued graduate attributes. There are also social benefits for the student as well as opportunities for academics involved in the exchange programme through expanded professional and research opportunities.Monash University actively promotes international study as a strategic goal and a means of enabling global engagement. Graduate attributes include cross-cultural competence and the development of ethical values, and these are supported through exchange programmes with international partner institutions (Monash University, 2011). Although international study is widely promoted to students, exchange opportunities for paramedic students in Australia are currently limited. One reason for this is the relatively few number of undergraduate university level paramedic programmes outside the country. However, there are many similarities between paramedic practice in Australia and the UK, which is reflected in the curricula for bachelor level paramedic programmes in both countries. This provided an opportunity to pilot an exchange programme between two universities in these countries.

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