RCSI Bahrain Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

Message from The President

VPI would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to our website which I hope you will find informative and of benefit to you. RCSI received a licence to establish a medical university in Bahrain in October 2003. 

As a result, RCSI Bahrain was opened in October 2004 with its first intake of medical students.  This was followed in 2006 by a first intake of nursing students and by the establishment of a School of Postgraduate Studies. In addition to the medical programme, the School of Medicine has a medical commencement programme (MCP). 

The School of Nursing has an undergraduate and bridging BSc programmes and the School of Postgraduate Studies has an MSc in Nursing and Healthcare Ethics & Law.  The campus is a state of the art establishment which was completed in October 2008 and covers an area of approximately 15,750m2 and an extra 900m2 stand-alone sports hall.

The University provides a vibrant blend of multicultural aspects, both seen academically and in student life, through clubs and societies. With different nationalities presented in the student body, a global outlook to education is one of many positives. The majority of our academic staff of the three schools are from Ireland and all our staff meet the high quality criteria of various accrediting bodies.

RCSI Bahrain has received external quality assurance, both through its umbilical links with RCSI Dublin and also by the Bahrain Quality Assurance Authority for Education and Training (QAAET).  The last report in 2010 by QAAET placed the University in the top category regarding its level of achievement in terms of governance, management and teaching.  As part of the University’s commitment to quality enhancement, a Quality Enhancement office was established in January 2012 with a key appointment made to lead this office.  

Recently, all our medical and nursing programmes received full confidence after inspection by an external team from the QAAET.

The University is also listed in the International Medical Education Directory (IMED) of the Foundation for the Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER), UNESCO and in the Avicenna Directories of the World Health Organisation.  It is also recognised by Jordan, Kuwait, UAE, USA, UK and Canada.

After extensive engagement with staff, students and stakeholders, the University just launched its strategic plan for the coming 5 years 2012-2017 .  The plan focuses on three key pillars - Teaching and Learning, Research, and Community Engagement, with goals and key performance Indicators for each pillar.

In order to support the students’ academic achievements during their study and later after graduation, the University provides a wide range of services through the student affairs, student welfare, academic career offices and recently a student learning support drop-in centre.  Additionally, it has a Learning Resource Centre (LRC)  with a large electronic collection of resources. 

To better align the LRC’s space and resources to the needs of our users, the LRC has recently been expanded to add 1500 m2 of additional space. The University has invested in an advanced clinical skills lab and signed different MOUs with regional, international hospitals and universities for clinical electives.

RCSI Bahrain has an important remit of its 5-year strategy to engage with the wider community of professionals, people and patients at different levels, locally and internationally, some recent examples includes the involvement with the Bahrain Diabetic society on community education on diabetes and the connection with Action Ireland Trust to pursue shared objectives in their charitable work in Lesotho.

RCSI Bahrain and our stakeholders are committed to excellence in Health Education and everybody is working as a team to achieve its Noble Purpose “Building on the heritage of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland which was founded in 1784, we will enhance health in Bahrain, the other GCC countries and beyond through endeavour, innovation and collaboration in education, research and service”.
I thank you for your interest and for visiting the web-site – I look forward to the opportunity of welcoming you to RCSI Bahrain.

Professor Sameer Otoom MD, MS, PhD, CCPT, FRCP (Ireland)
President