As part of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland- Medical University of Bahrain (RCSI Bahrain) Community Engagement strategy, the President of the University, Professor Thomas Collins addressed more than 100 special guests and members at the Bahrain British Business Forum (BBBF) monthly luncheon held on the 17th of September at the Crown Plaza Hotel, Bahrain.
In a presentation entitled: “Pre-requisites for a Quality Education System in Bahrain with specific reference to the higher education system” Professor Collins drew from his experience as an educationalist in Ireland where he was formerly Professor of Education in National University of Ireland Maynooth.
President Collins observed that in the 1960’s, the then Irish Prime Minister Jack Lynch used to say that “it is not the case that Ireland is too poor to invest in education, but rather that we are too poor not to do so.” He added that Bahrain, already a country on solid economic standing, should view Education as the single most important investment it can make towards securing the long term economic and social viability of the country.
BBBF Chairman Khalid Al Zayani expressed the Forum’s appreciation of RCSI Bahrain, one of the leading academic institutions of its kind in the region, in supporting the advancement of educational standards in the kingdom in line with Vision 2030. “The BBBF is committed to supporting RCSI Bahrain’s ongoing efforts to provide first-rate healthcare education and training to students from Bahrain and beyond,” said Al Zayani.
The BBBF is a growing network of businessmen and women in Bahrain, which now has over 460 members. The Forum aims to promote trade and investment between Bahrain and Britain by offering opportunities for networking and knowledge sharing between the two business communities.