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exceptional effort by all sides to establish: a new governance
team; a new student recruitment approach; and a first
postgraduate degree, while also undergoing a first joint
RCSI/UCD Quality Offices Review. We are confident of
continued success in 2014/15.
To coincide with its 10th anniversary celebrations, RCSI
Bahrain announced the launch of PhD scholarships. The
Dilmun Postgraduate and Research Scholarships will see
RCSI Bahrain sponsor up to six postgraduate students to
undertake their PhDs under joint supervision from one
RCSI Dublin supervisor and one RCSI Bahrain supervisor.
First, fundamentals of research will be provided in Dublin
through structured PhD programme components. This will
embed students among colleagues on the same research
trajectories. Most of the research will be conducted in
Bahrain. Projects can be in any research topic relevant
to the RCSI Research Strategy population health, basic
biomedical science, translational medicine, and medical
We aim to attract highly-qualified Bahrainis to benefit from
these scholarships. The PhD graduates will act as future
ambassadors for both RCSI and Bahrain. These scholarships
are one small way of acknowledging the Kingdom of
Bahrain's support of RCSI Bahrain since the University's
establishment in 2004.
At the anniversary celebrations, the Chancellor of the
National University of Ireland (NUI), Dr Maurice Manning,
presented two prestigious awards to one medical student
and one recent graduate of RCSI Bahrain. Medical Student
Mr Yusuf Al Alwan received second prize in the Dr H H
Stewart Medical Scholarships in Paediatrics; and Dr Hiba
Omar Mohamed, who graduated in June 2014, received
third prize in the Dr H H Stewart Medical Scholarship in
Surgery 2014.
Since its foundation, the NUI has sought, through its awards,
to identify and honour the brightest minds and talents across
the diverse NUI community. It is the first time that RCSI
Bahrain students/graduates have achieved these awards.
Also as part of the 10th anniversary, two senior staff from
the renowned US Mayo Clinic addressed staff and students
at a special research event in RCSI Bahrain. Dr Michael D
Brennan, RCSI Dublin graduate and Professor of Medicine at
the Mayo Clinic, spoke on the topic "Professionalism within
an Academic Medical Centre Who Benefits and Why?"
Dr Rebecca Bahn, Professor of Medicine and Consultant in
Endocrinology at the Mayo Clinic, spoke on "Translational
Science Reflections on a Bench-to-Bedside Journey".
RCSI Dubai recently presented 69 graduates with Master's
degrees at its conferring ceremony at the Mohammed Bin
Rashid Academic Medical Centre in Dubai. The graduates
were presented with their certificates by Sheikh Mansoor
Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum. The graduates
represent a broad spectrum of health professionals and
include doctors, nurses, health managers, pharmacists and
lab technicians, who come from a wide variety of public and
private health sector organisations.
Prizewinners at the 14th annual conferring ceremony at Penang Medical College, Malaysia.