Ken made the move to New Zealand to study a Master of Professional Practice at Whitireia. Now a tutor of the Bachelor of Health Science (Paramedic) programme, Ken says the unparalleled sense of community at Whitireia is what kept him there.
Ken trained as a medical doctor in his home country the Philippines but felt a calling to New Zealand for an opportunity to further advance his academic career. For Ken, the Wellington region – particularly the Porirua area – felt like the epicentre of Kiwi culture, as well as having a great community of other internationals.
When asked about his experience as a student at Whitireia, Ken says the positives were countless but what stood out most was the genuine atmosphere of community.
“Regardless of where a student may come from, there was always a warm welcome that Whitireia exemplified to all students, local and international,” Ken says.
Being separated from his family back in the Philippines during a global pandemic has been challenging for Ken, but he gives much credit to his mentors Joey and Molly, as well as to his colleagues in the Paramedicine Team, for always going above and beyond and being his foundation of support. He admits the prospects of coming to a new country can be daunting for internationals, but says opportunities to network and meet new people like the LEAP programme he took part in were ample at Whitireia.
Now a full-time Bachelor of Health Science (Paramedic) tutor, Ken is both grateful and humbled to be passing on his own experiences to his students. When asked for what advice he would give to other internationals considering study, he says “Whitireia is the place to be; they stand by their vision and create work-ready graduates – I can attest to that.”