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Our Journey since 2004

In 2004, opening the doors of RCSI in the Kingdom of Bahrain was a pivotal moment that marked the beginning of a legacy dedicated to training world-class healthcare professionals. We invite you to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of RCSI Medical University of Bahrain, as we reflect on our journey of “Leading the World to Better Health”.

20 Years in Focus

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University Experience and Mission

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Transnational Education and Staff Expertise

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Medicine Learning and Teaching

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Nursing Teaching and Community Service

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Research Impact

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Student Development and Profile

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Students, Alumni and International Outlook

Hear from our Management

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RCSI President Professor Deborah McNamara's Message

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RCSI Vice Chancellor and Registrar Professor Cathal Kelly's Message

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Former RCSI President Professor Laura Viani's Message

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RCSI Bahrain President Sameer Otoom's Message

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RCSI Bahrain Managing Director Mr Stephen Harrison-Mirfield's Message

20 Years of Impact

For 20 years, we have been achieving one milestone after the next, and we remain steadfast in our commitment to contributing towards the improvement of human health, patient care, and societal well-being.

RCSI was established in Ireland

to set and support professional standards for surgical training and practice.


Opening of the School of Medicine

RCSI was invited to set up its own campus in the kingdom and RCSI Bahrain officially opened its doors to a cohort of 28 medical students in the Seef District.


King’s conferring

RCSI awarded its highest honour of Honorary Fellow to His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa, King of Bahrain.


Official Opening of purpose-built campus

Opening of our campus in Busaiteen with a new range of services and facilities aimed at delivering an international student experience

First MSc in Nursing Intake

RCSI Bahrain welcomed the first intake of 16 MSc in Nursing students in September 2009.


First conferring ceremony

36 Medicine, 31 nursing and 7 masters graduates marked the successful completion of their studies at a ceremony in front of 800 guests.


King Hamad University Hospital as a new clinical teaching site

RCSI Bahrain and King Hamad University Hospital signed an agreement to train doctors and nurses.


Irish Medical Council Accreditation

The university received accreditation from the Irish Medical Council, a global quality marker, for our graduates to compete for opportunities worldwide.


Launch of Research Summer School

The research Summer school is designed to introduce RCSI undergraduates to the world of research as their first step in becoming future researchers.


Opening of Ibn Al Baitar Clinical Simulation Centre

A purpose-built learning environment, where state-of-the-art simulation-based education takes place, offering RCSI Bahrain’s medicine and nursing students a safe, challenging and interactive clinical training environment.


RCSI Bahrain receives Higher Education Council (Bahrain) accreditation


Appointment for management of all National Clinical Trials

RCSI Bahrain was nominated to establish, facilitate and support the national response for all COVID-19 clinical trials in Bahrain under the directives of the Supreme Council of Health and the National COVID-19 Research Committee.


UK General Medical Council recognition

RCSI Bahrain received approval from the General Medical Council (GMC) in the United Kingdom allowing medical graduates to apply for registration to practice in the UK, without having to undertake the PLAB Licensing exam.


Opening of the Clinical and Biomolecular Research Centre

The opening of our Clinical and Biomolecular Research Center in marked a significant leap forward, showcasing RCSI Medical University of Bahrain's leadership in patient-centred translational healthcare research.


Inauguration of the Solar farm project

A total of 4,993 solar panels wereinstalled over the campus. The 2.72MW solar project is producing 3.664 million Kwh of electricity annually, which represents between 60% and 65% of the university’s annual electricity needs.

Collaboration with American Mission Hospital

As part of a longstanding partnership between RCSI Bahrain and the American Mission Hospital, the university opened a new teaching space to provide access to world-class clinical and teaching facilities.


Laying of the Foundation Stone of the New Academic Building

RCSI Bahrain commences plans for the expansion of its campus in a strategic project as it marked the celebration of its 20th anniversary in Bahrain.

The ambitious expansion includes a brand new state-of-the-art academic building designed to address the growing demand for advanced medical education and research facilities with the addition of 7,912 sqm of usable space, featuring the addition of enhanced teaching facilities, cutting-edge labs, a modern library, social spaces, and a spacious event hall.

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