Awf came to study at RMIT hoping to advance his skills and improve his knowledge to take back home.
RMIT University, Melbourne
“In Oman, I worked in Sohar Hospital’s medical laboratory for the Ministry of Health. I took study leave to further my practical skills, English and communication skills, and learn to be independent. My friends who studied at RMIT recommended I come to Melbourne.
“I did my Graduate Diploma in Laboratory Medicine at RMIT first and decided to continue studying here for a PhD because I found a good supervisor and the research topic I was looking for – cancer research.
“RMIT is different to other universities because there is a focus on the practical side of laboratory medicine in addition to the theoretical side. I get training in hospitals; the courses and facilities are of good quality; the teachers and supervisors are helpful; and there are special supporting courses and social activities available for international students. I already recommended RMIT to my colleagues, and now there are three who are doing their masters here.
“I feel at home in Melbourne, especially Sydney Road, because of the many Arabic restaurants and shops. The shop signs are in Arabic, and you can find Arabic meals, sweets and coffee. I like Melbourne because of how multicultural it is. You can always find mosques for Muslims to pray in, and many Halal food stores.
“Melbourne is not only good for me, but my family as well. My family is benefiting from Melbourne’s good weather, high quality of healthcare, preschool care and education. My daughter is studying in grade one in a school of 52 different nationalities. Also Bundoora is a nice and quiet area to live in. What a great environment for studying.”