RCSI Bahrain Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

RCSI Bahrain hosts inaugural nursing Alumni Dinner

The biggest ever gathering of alumni of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland – Medical University of Bahrain (RCSI Bahrain) took place at the Diplomat Radisson Hotel, as part of a series of events to celebrate the tenth anniversary of its School of Nursing and Midwifery.

Over 150 graduates joined current and former staff for the university’s inaugural Alumni Dinner event, with cohorts of alumni from the very first graduating class of 2010, right up to the most recent – and biggest ever – class of 2016, in attendance.

After a reception and the opportunity to catch up friends and former classmates, RCSI Bahrain’s Head of School of Nursing and Midwifery, Professor Seamus Cowman, presented a welcome address looking back at ten years of nursing at RCSI Bahrain and a special video made especially for the event.

Prominent nursing consultant, Dr Fariba Al-Darazi delivered the keynote speech, entitled: ‘Nurses’ Commitment to Lead and Embrace Change in the new era of Healthcare’, while Asma Al-Najjar from the school’s first graduating cohort of 2010 spoke on behalf of the alumni gathered.

In recognition of the auspicious occasion, a number of awards were also presented to graduates and contributors.

The Alumni Dinner is the latest in a series of events taking place over the course of the 2016/17 academic year to mark the tenth anniversary of the launch of the school, which kicked off with a cake-cutting ceremony under the patronage of Ministry of Health Undersecretary, Her Excellency, Dr Aysha Buaneq, last November and will continue with the annual International Nurses Day event in May.

RCSI Bahrain’s School of Nursing and Midwifery was established in 2006 with a primary aim of growing the base of indigenous nursing talent in Bahrain and, since then, has graduated over 800 nurses, through its BSc (Hons) Nursing, BSc Nursing Bridging and Masters in Nursing programmes.

Successful students graduate from the School of Nursing and Midwifery with degrees from both RCSI Bahrain and the National University of Ireland and become work-ready and confident nurses who can meet the needs of their patients and the health services. 

RCSI Bahrain is a constituent university of RSCI, which was established in 1784. Like its Irish counterpart, RCSI Bahrain is a not-for-profit health sciences institution focused on education and research to drive positive change in all areas of human health worldwide.