Our dedicated Guidance Counsellor Anne Ryan organises an endless stream of visitors, from universities near and far, who speak to the 5th Years about courses, degrees and careers. She also leads them to the various Open Days and on special visits as this recent trip to the RCIS. Ms. Ryan reports back on an afternoon spent exploring a university with exciting opportunities:
On the 13 April, twenty 5thYear students (all aspiring doctors, pharmacists and physiotherapists!) visited the RCSIs new €80m medical education building located at 26 York Street, Dublin 2. Students enjoyed a tour of this state-of-the-art facility, over 10 floors – six above ground and four below which provide medical students with modern ‘cutting-edge’ learning facilities. As well as being the home of the new National Surgical & Clinical Centre, 26 York Street also includes a 540-seat auditorium, a library spanning three floors with 500 study spaces, a sports hall and fitness suite, and has been designed to be both energy efficient and environmentally responsible.
Apart from learning about the schools of Medicine, Pharmacy and Physiotherapy, students also learned about the history of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, one of Dublin’s iconic buildings and how it came to be built. They were told about some of the individuals and events which have shaped, not just the College’s history, but local and national history over the past 230 years, including when the College was seized by rebels of the 1916 Easter Rising, led by Michael Mallin and Constance Markievicz.
RCSI is a progressive and innovative environment with a culturally diverse student population. 80% come from outside the European Union, with a significant portion coming from North America, the Middle East and Asia. RCSI is among the top 50 most international universities in the world (Times Higher Education University World Rankings, 2014-15). RCSI was the first medical institution of learning to offer a 4-year graduate entry programme for medicine in Ireland and has been a recognised College of the National University (NUI) of Ireland since 1978.