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70 RCSI Annual Report 2012/13
and aLumnI
RCSI students are involved in a wealth
of extra-curricular activities, with
highlights during the year including
the International Conference for
Healthcare and Medical Students
(ICHAMS), launch of the 5th edition
of the RCSI Student Medical Journal
(RCSIsmj) and the Academy Award-
themed College Ball.
There is also a busy schedule of activities organised by societies and
clubs, including a range of events that celebrate the international
diversity at RCSI.
RCSI students have been highly active in volunteering and charitable
initiatives. This year RCSI students raised more than 50,000 for a
host of worthy causes and charities, as well as volunteering their time
to assist in many of the College's outreach programmes.
International Student Ambassador Programme
In the past year RCSI have students have participated in a
collaborative International Student Ambassador Programme
managed by Enterprise Ireland and Education in Ireland which
aims to promote Ireland as an education destination. This is RCSI's
first year participating in the programme and its three inaugural
ambassadors were medical students Hadeel Al Jazzaf (Kuwait), Bryce
Lowry (Canada) and Sami Backley (USA & Saudi Arabia). In April, the
Student Ambassadors were awarded certificates and acknowledged
by Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn TD, for their
efforts, before attending a reception at Áras an Úachtaráin hosted by
President Michael D. Higgins.
Student clubs and societies highlights
RCSI has 33 student societies, offering students great opportunities
to meet people with similar interests, try new things and have fun.
Sport is an integral part of student life at RCSI, and there are 35
active sports clubs, giving students the opportunity to balance
academic study with a wide range of sporting activities.
The Neuroscience society continued to be one of the most active
societies in the College in 2012/13, holding a series of interesting
and well attended events. In the highlight of the first semester was
the `Boxing and the Brain' event where high-profile guest speakers
including spoke about the health impact of the sport of boxing.
The Caribbean African Society ran its annual `Chocolate Ball' in
November 2012, the group had an international fashion show theme
with fashions from Africa, Canada, Malaysia and Ireland displayed.
The event was attended by nearly 400 people, making it the most
popular on campus event.
In March, the Exam Hall was transformed into an Epicurean paradise
for the Gourmet Society's annual International Food Night, a major
event in this year's inaugural Cultural Diversity Month.
International Night
More than 400 people attended the Mansion House, Dublin, for
International Night 2013, one of the highlights of the student annual
events calendar which celebrates cultural diversity. The audience was
transported around the globe in a night of glittering entertainment
which saw PIBS (Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka) once
again steal the show and, for the second year running, were crowned
International Night winners.
Pictured clockwise from above:
The Gourmet Society.
International Food Night.
International Night 2013.
Pictured is RCSI student Sami Backley, with President Michael D. Higgins,
during a reception at Áras an Úachtaráin where participants of the
International Student Ambassador Programme were praised for their
efforts in promoting Ireland as an education destination.