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Cultural Diversity Month at RCSI

01 April 2015


March 2015 was Cultural Diversity Month at RCSI. The RCSI student body is represented by over 60 nationalities so, with support from Student Services, they vamped up the celebrations this year and delivered a number of fantastic events that showcased the various cultures, traditions, food, music and dance of their native countries.



Members of the RCSI Gourmet Society 


The festivities kicked off in style at the annual International Food Night, which is organised by the RCSI Gourmet Society, on 13th March. The Exam Hall was packed with staff and students who sampled culinary delights from all corners of the globe 


A group of RCSI staff and students gather for a photo on the opening day of the cultural fair 


Our students pulled out all the stops at a three day Cultural Exhibition Fair which saw the Exam Hall being transformed into a lively hub of culture as students and societies got the opportunity to share aspects of their native cultures, traditions, art and music with their fellow students and staff of the College. The students went to a huge effort to set up this event which featured stands from Malaysia, Ireland, Saudi Arabia, PIBS, Kuwait and Canada among many more. The fair turned out to be a hit with a lot of staff who detoured to the fair on the way to the restaurant! 


Other events that made this past month at RCSI so special was a light hearted discussion in the Albert Theatre called “How my culture is different from yours”, hosted by the Debating Society; a football World Cup organised by the Sports Union, which was followed by a multi-cultural bake sale.
Ten teams competed for the Wolrd Cup trophy. The winning team was WinnersFC - Mohammad Alhazmi, Ali Almukhaizim, Yousef Almukhaizim, Hassan Abu Al-Saud.

The student’s cultural and geographical learnings and knowledge was put in the spotlight at a fun test with questions based on cultural diversity. The quiz was organised by the Student Union and the winners were: Sebastian Gracias (1st Prize), Rahul Bansal (2nd Prize) and Anish Patil (3rd Prize).


The victoious PMCSA team with (3rd from left front row, Mrs Datin Zarinah Hussin, the Malaysian Ambassador Mr He Dato’ Syed Sultan Idris, Mr Declan Magee, RCSI President; Professor Hannah McGee, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, RCSI, and Philip Curtis, Associate Director of Admissions and Student Services


The main event, as always, was RCSI International Night which was held in the famous Round Room of Dublin’s Mansion House. Over 500 guests (consisting of RCSI students, staff and members of the public) were treated to a spectacular show of music and dancing from a number of student groups, societies and individuals. The students from PIBS (Pakistan-India-Bangladesh-Sri Lanka), CAS (Carribean-African Society), CIMSA (Canadian-Irish Medical Students Association), PMCSA (Penang Medical College Students Association) and the Irish society, wowed the audience with their dances and musical pieces. The winners of International Night 2015 were PMCSA, who took home the Parnell Keeling trophy.