In an event that brought together all newly enrolled students and their parents, The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland- Medical University of Bahrain (RCSI Bahrain) held an orientation week for over 250 undergraduate students in medicine and nursing. Students from more than 22 different nationalities were introduced to different aspects of student life with the support of staff and senior students.
The orientation week is organized annually and is intended to facilitate the new students’ transition into university life, while considering the challenges imposed on them by the new learning environment and different cultural and social backgrounds.
The week consists of different proceedings in which the students are provided with the opportunity to gain knowledge about the university programmes, in addition to being introduced to the faculty and one another. Events such as campus tours, briefing about the virtual learning environment, introduction to the RCSI Bahrain buddy programme ( the university’s mentorship programme), introduction to RCSI Bahrain’s Student Council and different Club’s and Societies, are all part of the orientation agenda.
This year’s proceedings commenced with a welcome breakfast held in the campus atrium, where students and their parents were given the opportunity to hear from both President and Vise President of Academic Affairs, who outlined rules & regulations and the university’s expectations of students.
The new intake of the School of Medicine consists of students coming from a diverse range of countries, some as far afield as New Zealand, Mauritius and Canada, attracted by the prestigious reputation and international caliber of RCSI Bahrain.
The School of Nursing has also received a new intake of students, the majority of which are sponsored by Tamkeen, and have already benefited from 2 pre-sessional weeks providing them with valuable study skills and further English tuition. Other sponsoring bodies for the nursing intake include: Bahrain Defence Force, Ministry of Education, and King Hamad University Hospital.