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RCSI ANNUAL REPORT 2014-2015
66
DEVELOPMENT AND
ALUMNI RELATIONS
Realising RCSI's vision for Alumni
Engagement
With the recent appointment of Aíne
Gibbons as Director of Development
and Alumni Relations, reconnecting
with former students has become a
core focus for the College in 2015-
2016. Indeed, Aíne's arrival, in May
2015, has heralded an exciting new
chapter for RCSI and its 20,000-strong
network of Alumni.
Building on current activities to
establish a vibrant programme for
Alumni engagement, both in Ireland
and worldwide, is the first major
objective for Aíne and her growing
Development and Alumni Relations
team.
Alumni events ­ building on success
Following the success of The Gathering in
2013, RCSI has leveraged the momentum
generated by this inaugural event to
rebrand the long-running annual reunion
weekend as the Alumni Gathering.
Last year's Alumni Gathering in
September welcomed back nine classes,
representing the period from 1954-
2004, from the School of Medicine and
Dentistry, totalling over 240 Alumni
from 14 countries, for their milestone
anniversaries. This was the biggest annual
reunion of its kind to be held in RCSI, St
Stephen's Green. The weekend's many
social and academic activities were
centred on opportunities to re-establish
connections and reminisce with former
classmates and lecturers.
The Alumni Gathering 2015 (August
27-29) is already shaping up to be even
more successful with a record-breaking
attendance expected.
Building on the success of the Alumni
Gathering, Aíne and her team will launch a
new `In Conversation with...' event series
in the coming months aimed at engaging
RCSI Alumni from all disciplines to
participate in regular, topical networking
evenings in RCSI throughout the year.
Overseas Alumni ­ strengthening ties
In 2015, RCSI was ranked 49th in the
Times Higher Education World University
Rankings for its international outlook.
This was the first time RCSI has been
ranked within the top 50, and is an
important recognition of RCSI's global
network of Alumni, which spans over 80
countries.
The Development and Alumni Relations
team is committed to building a stronger
and more mutually beneficial relationship
with this overseas community, in order to
deepen existing ties and further enhance
the College's global reputation.
In May 2015, the team took their first step
in progressing this initiative by organising
the inaugural North American Alumni
engagement event in the Irish Consul
General's Residence in New York. This
was a significant event for the College
as it provided an opportunity for Alumni
to meet and reconnect with their North-
American RCSI community, discuss both
their professional and personal pursuits
post-RCSI, and hear about the College's
vision and plans.
Further overseas events as well as the
launch of global RCSI Chapters, both in
America and Asia, are being planned for
the year ahead ­ details will be available
online at: www.rcsi.ie/alumni
Communications ­ creating a lifelong
connection
Critical to the success of the engagement
The College is
deeply appreciative
to all those who
generously give their
time and expertise
to enhance the
educational success
of RCSI.
Dr Chandhu Paka (class of 2007) and her brother Mr Pavin Paka (class of 2014) at the inaugural North
American Alumni engagement event in New York.
Ms Aíne Gibbons,
Director of Development and Alumni
Relations