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Minister Pat Rabbitte attends annual RCSI Conferring Ceremony

03 June 2011

RCSI extends educational reach in Malaysia with launch of Perdana University RCSI School of Medicine

Pat Rabbitte, TD Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources launched the Perdana University RCSI School of Medicine in Malaysia, on Thursday 2nd June 2011, at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) graduation ceremony who took place in the National Concert Hall, Dublin. 

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Pictured are from left, Aileen O'Shea, Aisling O'Riordan, Craig Delavari, Caroline Delany, Sinead Cronin, Brian Hannan and Kim Caulfield.

Perdana University is a new University established in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. RCSI will host the five year undergraduate medical programme, with the first intake of up to 100 students in September 2011.  The five year programme being delivered will the same as the programme in RCSI Dublin.

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Pictured are Prof. Anthony Cunningham, left and Pat Rabbitte TD, Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources.

Minister Rabbitte said "RCSI's involvement in the Perdana University RCSI School of Medicine is fully aligned with the Government's third level education strategy to expand the internationalisation of Irish education.  RCSI is already a global premium provider of medical education and now its further expansion in Malaysia with the development of Perdana University will contribute to putting Ireland on the map internationally as providers of excellence in education."

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Pictured are left, Monica Narula, Haza Siddiqui (ten months, nephew of Maria) and Maria Ahmed.

Since 1996 RCSI has been successfully collaborating with UCD in providing a twinning programme in Penang Medical College (PMC) whereby medical students complete the first half of their training in Dublin (2.5 years) and then transfer to Penang for hospital and community training. 

Back row left, Mr Patrick Broe, Vice President of RCSI with his daugther Claire Broe, Emma Duignan, Joe Duignan, front row, Dr. Liz Broe, Prof. Eilis McGovern, RCSI President and her daughter Sophie Duignan

The Perdana University RCSI School of Medicine is part of the Kuala Lumpur Academic Medical Centre (AMC) - a proposal to develop a centre of excellence for medicine in Malaysia.  The AMC will comprise a 600-bed private hospital, a research centre and Perdana University.  The final campus is scheduled to be complete in 2014.  Until then, the medical schools will be located in at interim campus.

Pictured are Professor Kevin Nolan, Head of the School of Postrgraduate Studies (3rd row, right) and Dr. Helen McVeigh (2nd row, left), Postgraduate Programmes Manager, with postgraduate students who were among those conferred with higher degrees. RCSI staff members who received PhDs included Dr. Helen French (back row, left) and Dr Marie Guidon (2nd row, right), both from the School of Physiotherapy, RCSI.

Professor Anthony Cunningham, current Professor of Anaesthesia in RCSI and Beaumont Hospital has been appointed the Foundation Dean of the programme in Perdana.

Pictured are Samer Abujaber, left and Fatima Gilami.

At the conferring ceremony in the National Concert Hall, 211 graduands were conferred with Degrees in Medicine, Surgery and Obstetrics (MB, BCh and BAO) and 42 students will be conferred with higher degrees including Master of Science (MSc), Master of Surgery (MCh), Doctor of Medicine (MD), Degree of Master of Pharmacy (MPharm) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from RCSI.

Pictured are Ruth Caden, left and Marianne Roerholt

Professor Cathal Kelly, Registrar / CEO RCSI said "As the largest undergraduate medical school in Ireland, the conferring ceremony is one of the highlights of the academic year for RCSI.  Today is a very special day for our graduates; as they move from being medical students to doctors. I would like to congratulate all our graduates here today and wish them every success in the future."

This is the first graduation ceremony in the College's 227 year history whereby graduands will receive an RCSI degree alongside the traditional licentiates and the degree of the National University of Ireland.  To mark this major landmark in the College's history, the first ever RCSI degree was awarded on May 30th 2011 to Her Excellency, Mary McAleese, President of Ireland.