RCSI Medical University of Bahrain announces a $ 45 Million campus expansion

Manama, The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland - Medical University of Bahrain (RCSI Bahrain) announced its plans for the expansion of its campus in a strategic project valued at $ 45 million, as it marked the celebration of its 20th anniversary in Bahrain. In line with a steadfast commitment to contributing with excellence towards the improvement of human health, patient care, and societal well-being, the University has consistently achieved pivotal milestones since its establishment, placing innovative research at the heart of its services through the School of Postgraduate Studies and Research, with a focus on interdisciplinary clinical and patient-centred research, as well as addressing key national, regional, and global health challenges. Recently, RCSI Medical University of Bahrain signed an agreement with Nass Corporation for the construction of the University's campus expansion project. The ambitious expansion includes a brand new state-of-the-art academic building designed to address the growing d emand for advanced medical education and research facilities with the addition of 7,912 square meters of usable space, featuring the addition of enhanced teaching facilities, cutting-edge research labs, a modern library, social spaces, and a spacious event hall. Emphasising a vested commitment towards sustainability, the project includes adopting low-carbon transportation options through bike racks and EV charging stations. The design will incorporate energy-efficient features such as solar panels, LED lighting, and water conservation systems, with a focus on incorporating heat-reduction practices through the incorporation of native plants and green spaces into the landscape, as part of RCSI Bahrain's commitment to fostering an environmentally friendly ecosystem that nurtures a sense of well-being. 'As we celebrate our 20th anniversary in Bahrain, we are proud to celebrate this milestone, boasting a diverse network of over 3,000 alumni and healthcare professionals from 56 nationalities comprising 459 doctor s and 1,321 nurses, which have significantly contributed to strengthening Bahrain's comprehensive healthcare system' Professor Sameer Otoom, President of RCSI Medical University of Bahrain, said. 'A living reflection of RCSI's dedication to sustainability and commitment to providing an ideal environment for our faculty and students to thrive and developing new programmes, our planned campus expansion aligns with Bahrain's vision to cement itself as a leading regional hub for healthcare and education, benefiting from a highly skilled workforce, welcoming and tolerant community, and exceptional lifestyle' President of RCSI Bahrain added. 'At Bahrain EDB, we offer our support to investors through every step of their journey, long after they first set up in Bahrain. First founded as the national training body for surgery in Ireland, RCSI has continued to be at the forefront of healthcare education since its establishment in 1784. With a long-standing history of innovation, we take pride in RCSI Bahrain's 20 yea rs of milestone successes on the island and look forward to witnessing the development of its sustainably-led campus expansion project, which will add value to the diversity of Bahrain's highly-developed education and healthcare ecosystems, which aims to provide service quality on par with the global playing field' Munther Almudawi, Executive Director of Business Development for Healthcare, Education, and Tourism at Bahrain EDB said. In a comprehensive National Economic Contribution Report delivered by PwC Ireland, the impact of RCSI Medical University of Bahrain on the national economy was determined to be an estimated annual contribution of USD 91 million. The calculated contribution encompasses various aspects of the University's operations, including day-to-day activities, cutting-edge facilities, state-of-the-art equipment, student expenditures, and the economic ripple effect generated by the spending of visiting friends and relatives of international students enrolled. Furthermore, the upcoming constru ction and outfitting of the new academic building is projected to inject an additional USD102 million into the economy over a four-year period. Beyond its economic impact, RCSI Medical University of Bahrain continues to play a pivotal role in Bahrain's socio-economic development by initiating programs to enhance the skills of the local healthcare workforce, contributing to national research priorities, and championing environmental, social, and governance (ESG) sustainability. The University's activities directly and indirectly support 437 jobs, fostering growth and opportunity within the community. Furthermore, the university's staffing requirements continue growing to meet the expanding student body and research endeavours. Of the 227 full-time staff members employed by RCSI Bahrain, 50% are Bahraini nationals who benefit from a wide range of continuous professional development programs. Source: Bahrain News Agency

GCC States Urge Immediate, Permanent Ceasefire in Gaza

The Gulf Cooperation Council's (GCC) States have condemned the ongoing Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip, stressing their support for the brotherly Palestinian people in light of the current developments in the Gaza Strip and its surroundings. They also called for an immediate and permanent ceasefire and Israeli military operations and an end to the humanitarian catastrophe that is occurring , and to ensure the access of all humanitarian and relief aid and basic needs to the residents of Gaza. This came in a statement delivered by HE Dr. Hind bint Abdulrahman Al-Muftah, Permanent Representative of the State of Qatar to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva, on behalf of the of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC), as the State of Qatar chairs the current session of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC) States, during the interactive dialogue on the report of the fact-finding committee on the occupied Palestinian territor ies, within the framework of the 56th Session of the Human Rights Council. The GCC States expressed their rejection of any justifications or pretexts for the continuation of this aggression, calling on the international community to take the necessary measures to respond to the practices of the Israeli government and its policy of collective punishment against the defenseless residents of Gaza and all the Palestinian people. They called on the UN Security Council to take a binding resolution under Chapter VII that guarantees the Israeli occupation forces compliance with the immediate ceasefire and genocide against the Palestinian people and their forced displacement, the entry of humanitarian aid and the return of life to normal in the Gaza Strip. They stressed their continued efforts at the political level to stop the Israeli attacks on the Strip Gaza, and providing humanitarian and relief aid to the brotherly Palestinian people. The GCC States expressed their deep regret over the conclusions and facts co ntained in the report of the fact-finding committee on the occupied Palestinian territories, and held Israel fully legally responsible before the international community. They said that the continued Israeli occupation and violations against the Palestinian people, including the ongoing attacks on innocent civilians, which resulted in more than 38,000 civilian martyrs in the Gaza Strip, most of them women and children, represents a flagrant violation of international law and international humanitarian law. The GCC States expressed their regret that the report equated the two unequal levels, explaining that it is not possible to equate the victim, which is the Palestinian people, with the perpetrator, Israel, the occupying power, which has been committing genocide crimes, violating the rights of Palestinians, and assaulting them for more than 75 years without regard to the legal system, and international judiciary. Source: Qatar News Agency

South Korea to host global ocean conference next year

Seoul, South Korea's oceans ministry said Tuesday it will host an international maritime conference in the southeastern port city of Busan next year to discuss pollution, climate change, and sustainable fisheries. The 10th Our Ocean Conference, which will run for three days starting April 28, 2025, will be held under the slogan "Our Ocean, Our Action" and is expected to attract 1,000 participants from 100 nations and 400 institutions, according to the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries. "By successfully hosting the conference, South Korea will bolster its position as a key global leader in the maritime and fisheries sector, leading the implementation of maritime regulations," Oceans Minister Kang Do-hyung said. The annual event, which kicked off in 2014, centres on sharing ideas on a wide array of issues related to the ocean environment, including the maritime economy and security, South Korean News Agency (Yonhap) reported. Other major agenda items include tackling illegal fishing and preserving maritime b iodiversity, the ministry added. Source: Bahrain News Agency

Cyril Ramaphosa Sworn In for a Second Term as President of South Africa

Cyril Ramaphosa was sworn in for a second term as South Africa's president on Wednesday. Ramaphosa, 71, is now set to appoint a Cabinet in a new coalition government after his African National Congress party lost its parliamentary majority in an election last month. He was reelected president by lawmakers on Friday after the main opposition party and a smaller third party joined the ANC in an agreement to co-govern the nation. Ramaphosa received 283 votes from the 400-member National Assembly, while his rival, the radical left-wing AFF party candidate Julius Malema, won 44 votes. Source: Qatar News Agency

Brad Pitt’s F1 movie set for release in June 2025

London, Brad Pitt's as-yet unnamed Formula One movie will be released globally on June 25 next year, with a North American debut two days later, F1 and Apple Original Films announced on Tuesday. The film is being made with the cooperation of teams and drivers and directed by Joseph Kosinski, whose 'Top Gun: Maverick' grossed $1.49 billion worldwide, with Jerry Bruckheimer as producer. It will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures in cinemas and IMAX. Seven-times F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton is a co-producer, with filming starting last year and continuing during selected grand prix weekends this season. The production team have had a garage and pitwall stand as a fictional 11th 'APX GP' team. The plot sees Pitt, who is 60 years old in real life, star as a former driver making a Formula One comeback alongside Damson Idris, who plays his rookie team mate, at APX. Other cast members include Academy Award winner Javier Bardem and best supporting actress nominee Kerry Condon. Formula One said productio n of the movie would complete at the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in December. The sport is hoping the movie cements the appeal of the Netflix docu-series 'Drive to Survive' that has boosted Formula One's popularity and growth worldwide and particularly in the key U.S. market. Formula One now has three U.S. races in Austin, Miami and Las Vegas. "We've already seen the great work and impact of the Netflix show and I think this will take it to new heights beyond that," Mercedes driver Hamilton, who is joining Ferrari at the end of the season, said last year. Source: Bahrain News Agency