Investing in Health Education: UMST and RCSI Bahrain Solidify Partnership


UMST University and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland – Medical University of Bahrain entered into an educational, research and cultural relationship on May 23, 2015, with the two institutes signing a collaborative Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Khartoum, Sudan.

UMST’s President, Professor Hassan M Ahmercsiid and RCSI Bahrain’s President, Professor Sameer Otoom signed the agreement which aims to enhance the educational experience of both Universities’ senior medical students and graduates.

The two organizations will work together in research endeavors to facilitate good will and friendship between the two counties through programs of study exchange and cooperation in teaching.

Mutual interest, a basis of equality and reciprocity

UMST will offer five RCSI Bahrain graduates each year the opportunity to undertake an internship training program at a UMST affiliated hospital – approved by the Sudan Ministry of Health.

The 12 month “housemanship” will provide an educationally sound experience for the new doctors in terms of knowledge, skills and attitudes together with personal development.

The exchange students will be expected to conduct collaborative research projects, lectures and organize conferences. The MoU also agrees to an exchange of academic information and materials.

High quality, high standards

rcsiiiRCSI Bahrain was established in 2003 on the heritage of the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin, Ireland founded in 1784. The UMST already has an existing foundation with both RCSI Bahrain and RCSI Dublin individually, with the newly established MoU now solidifying ties.

RCSI Bahrain’s President Prof Otoom referred to the joint venture as a longstanding “triangular relationship, further strengthened”.

“We are very pleased to collaborate with UMST to cement relations, RCSI Bahrain prides itself on only forging links with high quality universities with a high quality profile,” he added.

RCSI Bahrain currently works with a number of respected and renowned colleges and universities in Europe, North America, the Middle East and Far East.

Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University,Professor Joe Mc Menamin emphasized the University’s focus on the wider community and investing in education.rcsiiii

“We aim to develop healthcare leaders who make a difference worldwide,” Prof Mc Menamin said.

Both the RCSI Bahrain President and UMST’s Chairman of the board of Trustees, Professor Mamoun M A Homeida underlined the need for joint medical research that meets a high standard.

“Research is key, a university cannot stand alone – it needs experience and collaboration,” said Prof Homeida.

The initiative will enable interns to identify, analyse and manage clinical problems in order to provide efficient, cost-effective and humane patient care worldwide.