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64 RCSI Annual Report 2012/13
RCSI BAHRAIN
Over the past year, the RCSI-Medical University of Bahrain (RCSI Bahrain) launched a five-
year strategic plan that will guide the development of the University up to the year 2017.
The plan is built on three pillars: teaching and learning; research; and community
engagement.
In the area of teaching and learning, in September 2012 a new Library and Resource Centre
was opened, which created 1,250 square metres of additional space and freed up a large
area for teaching and examination purposes. In the same month, a new Learning Drop-In
Centre was opened, furthering the University's commitment to student-centred learning.
Within the area of research, a new Research Office was opened to strengthen research
collaborations with RCSI Dublin and link in with higher education institutions in the Gulf
Region. During the year, the University received two seed grant awards from Dubai Harvard
Foundation for medical research into the prevention of Type 2 Diabetes. In March, during
a trip to Japan, the University signed three significant research agreements with Kochi
University, Tokyo Institute of Technology and SBI Pharmaceuticals.
A new Community Engagement Office was also opened in September 2012. As a healthcare
provider, RCSI Bahrain is using its expertise and working with the community to facilitate
a strong and sustainable community engagement programme. With the help of over 130
student volunteers, the Office has raised awareness of diabetes through the operation of
a Diabetes Mobile Unit. Internationally, staff and students travelled to Lesotho in Africa
in February 2013 to carry out charity work. There are plans to expand this experience to
Vietnam and Tanzania.
In the past year, RCSI Bahrain received accreditation for undergraduate medical and nursing
undergraduate and postgraduate programmes from the Bahrain Quality Assurance Agency
for Education and Training. The College was also granted official recognition from Kuwait,
the United Arab Emirates and Jordan, and listed in the UNESCO list.
The year was marked by a number of new appointments at management level in the
University. Professor Sameer Otoom was appointed Interim President and Dr Jean Hughes
was appointed Associate Director for Academic Affairs. Ms Siobhan Traynor was appointed
Human Resources Specialist and Mr Adrian Lydon joined as Head of Communications.
Professor Andrew Curtain replaced Professor John Murphy as Head of the Department of
Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Professor John Fennell replaced Professor James Finucane
as Head of the Department of Medicine.
The University also bid farewell to Ms Mary Alexander, the Vice President for Finance and
Administration. Mary has worked for over 30 years with RCSI, the last six of which have been
in RCSI Bahrain.
InteRnatIonaL
As a healthcare provider, RCSI
Bahrain is using its expertise and
working with the community to
facilitate a strong and sustainable
community engagement programme.