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RCSI Students to celebrate Cultural Diversity with series of events

08 March 2016
This week, students from RCSI (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland) began a series of events, lasting for four weeks, which will celebrate the myriad of cultures of the College's student body. RCSI Cultural Diversity Month 2016 will see a number of events showcasing the culture, traditions, food, music and dance from our students' home countries. There are over 60 nationalities represented in our student body.

On Monday 7th March, the festivities got underway, with an acoustic ballad session and will continue right up to 1st April, when International Night, one of the highlight events in the student calendar, takes place. Cultural diversity is something the College prides itself on. International Food Night (on Friday 11th March) is another highlight of the month, where students and staff can get acquainted with gastronomic delights from all four corners of the globe, while hearing the stories behind the origin of the food and how it is made.

From today Tuesday 8th until Thursday 10th March, from 12.30 - 3.00pm each day, RCSI's Exam Hall will be transformed into a lively Cultural Exhibition Fair where students from 16 various countries will showcase their culture, landscape, clothing and history of their home countries. The countries participating this year include Canada, Trinidad & Tobago, Egypt, Bahrain Malaysia, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Ireland, Kuwait, Australia and Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka (PIBS), to name but a few. Staff are encouraged to try to come along for the official opening today at 12.30pm.

Friday 1st April the Annual International Night will be held in the Round Room of the Mansion House in Dublin. Guests at this entertaining celebration of international talent, music and dance will be transported around the globe as the student societies compete for the International Night crown. Other events include the RCSI Choral Society Concert (Monday 14th March) and DiveRCSIty Talks (Wednesday 9th March) will also take place at the College.

RCSI is ranked 46th in the world for ‘International Outlook' and #251 - 300 in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings (2015-2016). It is an international not-for-profit health sciences institution, with its headquarters in Dublin, focused on education and research to drive improvements in human health worldwide.