BAHRAIN – Her Excellency Dr. Diana Abdulkarim Al Jahrami, Secretary General of the Higher Education Council (HEC), has received a glimpse of the vision for the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) – Medical University of Bahrain’s future.

RCSI Medical University of 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.

The independent private university is home to a student body of more than 1,600 across the Schools of Medicine; Nursing and Midwifery and Postgraduate Studies and Research.

Earlier this week, RCSI Bahrain was honored to welcome H.E. Dr. Diana Abdulkarim Al Jahrami, who also serves as the Deputy Chairperson of the HEC Board of Trustees, at the university premises in Busaiteen town in the Muharraq Governorate.

Dr. Al Jahrami was accompanied by Dr. Farzana Abdulla Al-Maraghi, HEC Assistant Secretary General, Dr. Hussain Mohsen Al Arayedh, HEC Accreditation and Licensing Director, and Ms. Mariam Salem, a HEC Engineer, on the first-ever visit to the RCSI Medical University of Bahrain.

Her Excellency was greeted by the University’s Language & Cultural Unit and Community Engagement Office, who shared information on the ongoing ‘SMILE initiative’ charity campaign running on campus in support of children with cancer in Bahrain.

On this notable occasion, the Secretary General of the Higher Education Council and the HEC delegation met and had talks with Professor Sameer Otoom, the President of RCSI Medical University of Bahrain.

The high-level meeting provided an opportunity for key stakeholders in education to discuss updates on their respective achievements and developments, as well as progress on the preparations for the new academic year.

It brought together HEC members with the university’s faculty comprising the Deputy Head of the School of Medicine, Professor Naji Alamuddin, the Head of the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Professor Kathryn Strachan, and the Head of the School of Postgraduate Studies & Research, Professor Stephen Atkin.

Notably, Mr. Stephen Harrison-Mirfield, the Managing Director of RCSI Medical University of Bahrain, led the discussion on the university’s proposal for a new academic building.

The new academic building will feature six key areas of development, including teaching, clinical simulation, student experience, research, conferring and events and offices.

In addition to the proposed new academic building, plans are underway to launch new medical programmes at RCSI Medical University of Bahrain.

It is worth highlighting that Dr. Al Jahromi led Bahrain’s delegation at the preparatory meeting for the 23rd meeting of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Ministers of Higher Education and Scientific Research.

The meeting approved the operational plan for the first year of the Gulf Centre for Scientific Research and Innovation based at the Arabian Gulf University in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

The meeting also approved the establishment of a joint GCC programme to support innovation and entrepreneurship in higher education.

Not surprisingly, RCSI Bahrain looks forward to supporting the advancement of the nursing workforce in support of improved health outcomes for all patients and people in the GCC countries.

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