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RCSI Gathering 2013
The second weekend in September is
usually reserved for RCSI's annual Alumni
celebration but 2013 was a special year
as the College celebrated its Alumni
Weekend as part of `The gathering'.
More than 500 Alumni attended a much-
expanded weekend of activities.
A particular highlight of the event was
an education forum hosted by RCSI
entitled "The International Higher
Education Forum: New Horizons
for Ireland" which explored
opportunities for RCSI Alumni
and healthcare professionals
in the disciplines of medicine,
physiotherapy, and pharmacy. The
conference, which attracted some
of the world's leading academics,
thought leaders, decision makers
and educationalists, addressed
important topics in the higher
education arena such as:
strategies for `Ireland Inc', the
future of higher education and
models of success in the higher
education arena.
COSECSA collaboration
RCSI's collaboration programme
with COSECSA (The College of
Surgeons of East, Central and Southern
Africa) continued to grow its impact
and range of activities, enabling
COSECSA to respond to the dire lack
of surgical manpower across its ten
member countries. The programme,
with the support of the RCSI Institute
of Leadership, has trained 238 surgical
trainers through a series of courses
across the member countries and
has begun training cohorts of master
trainers to undertake the continued roll-
out of these courses.
New President and Council of RCSI
A new President and Council were
elected in June 2014, following the
College's biennial Council elections.
I would like to congratulate Mr Declan
J Magee, who was elected as the 169th
President of the College. Mr Magee
replaces outgoing President, Professor
Patrick Broe. Professor John Hyland
has been appointed as the new
Key high level appointments
Professor Arnold Hill has been
appointed to the newly-created role of
Head of School of Medicine.
Ms Catriona Bradley, has been
appointed as Executive Director of the
Institute of Pharmacy. Professor Hannah
Mcgee, Professor Paul gallagher
and Professor Seamus Sreenan have
been re-appointed for four-year terms
as, respectively, Dean of Faculty of
Medicine & Health Sciences, Head of
the School of Pharmacy and Director of
the graduate Entry Programme.
Enormous contribution
I am pleased to take this opportunity to
acknowledge with sincere gratitude the
enormous contribution that the
patients, clinicians and staff of
our teaching hospitals make to
the College and to thank them
for their generosity towards
the College, its students and
trainees. Together, it is RCSI's
people and their vibrant
combination of nationalities
and cultures who make the
RCSI experience so unique.
In addition, I would like to
thank each and every member
of the staff of RCSI for their
contribution; the strides that
have been taken in the past 12
months towards the realisation
of our growth and Excellence
goals could not have been
achieved without our staff's
energy and unswerving commitment.
I thank my colleagues on the senior
management team for their consistent
resourcefulness and total dedication.
In conclusion, I would like to thank
Professor Broe and his Council for
prudent stewardship and dynamic
support throughout the past year. I am
indebted to them for their hard work,
advice and commitment to RCSI's
strategic vision.
the past 12 months
towards the realisation
of our growth and
Excellence goals could
not have been achieved
without our staff's
energy and unswerving
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