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Irish president to visit Bahrain.

Byline: Geoffrey bew

IRISH President Mary McAleese will visit Bahrain next week to officially open Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Medical University of Bahrain (RSCI-Bahrain) facility in Muharraq.

She will tour the premises with Prime Minister Shaikh Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa on Wednesday, after being invited as a guest of His Majesty King Hamad.

RCSI-Bahrain president Kevin O'Malley said officials were looking forward to welcoming the Irish president and the Premier to the university, which opened in October.

"The Medical University of Bahrain is a testament to the close partnership RCSI has developed with the government of Bahrain to help deliver upon its strategy to become a regional leader in medical excellence and training," he said.

"Healthcare is a fundamental need for the long-term growth prospects of the region.

"Rapidly expanding populations and the associated challenges of contemporary regional life mean that investing in the skills and knowledge that will ensure a healthy population is crucial to the success of not only Bahrain's economic strategy, but also the region's."

The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland is one the world's leading suppliers of medical education and training.

Established in Dublin in 1784, it now has partnerships across the world with the Middle East being one of its most important regions of operation, said officials.

Bahrain has played a particularly important role in RCSI's strategy and is based on a more than 25-year relationship between RCSI and the Bahrain government, they said.

The partnership was cemented in 2004 with the opening of RCSI-Bahrain, which aims to provide healthcare education and training for students from Bahrain and other Gulf countries.

The university offers degrees in Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery and the Bachelor of the Art of Obstetrics.

Students also have access to Licentiate of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and the Licentiate of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland


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Date:Jan 30, 2009
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