Human rights warning for universities operating overseas

Posted in Governance and administration on April 6th, 2016 by steve

UK“Universities that deliver transnational programmes in countries with dubious human rights records have been warned that they are putting more than their reputations at risk. Gearóid Ó Cuinn and Sigrun Skogly of Lancaster University Law School argue that institutions and accreditation agencies could potentially face legal challenges in their home countries if they do not use the course certification process to try to uphold human rights overseas …” (more)

[Chris Havergal, Times Higher Education, 4 April]

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Colleges warned over support for foreign regimes

Posted in Governance and administration on March 31st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“In the wake of continuing threats of terrorist activity across the globe, two Irish training bodies are set to be advised by doctors to be aware of the potential of unconsciously legitimising regimes with links to terrorism, IMT reports …” (more)

[Lloyd Mudiwa, Irish Medical Times, 31 March]

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Medical Council was split on college approval

Posted in Governance and administration on September 25th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Medical Council’s controversial decision to give accreditation to an Irish-owned university in the Middle East at the centre of human rights concerns caused significant division within the council, documents obtained under Freedom of Information show. Fewer than two-thirds of the council members supported the proposal to accredit the facility, owned by the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) …” (more)

[Caroline O’Doherty, Irish Examiner, 25 September]

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Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland medical campus in Bahrain is accredited

Posted in Governance and administration on December 18th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland programme in Bahrain has been accredited by the Irish Medical Council for a period of five years following a recent general inspection of the facility …” (more)

[Mark Hilliard, Irish Times, 18 December]

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Irish medical college in Bahrain inspected for abuses

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 18th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“An Irish Medical Council delegation has visited the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) campus in Bahrain, following criticism from human rights groups about alleged abuses in the country’s medical facilities …” (more)

[Mark Hilliard, Irish Times, 18 October]

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Medical college says it would be wrong to ‘cut and run’ from Bahrain despite abuses

Posted in Governance and administration on April 3rd, 2014 by steve

“The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) has robustly defended its operations in Bahrain, saying it is acting as a ‘valuable bridge’ between authorities and reformers in the Gulf state …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 2 April]

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Oireachtas to probe RCSI-Bahrain accreditation

Posted in Governance and administration on April 1st, 2014 by steve

“Medical Council CEO Caroline Spillane and Vice President Dr Audrey Dillon are due to appear before the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Education and Social Protection (ESP) this Wednesday …” (more)

[Dara Gantly, Irish Medical Times, 1 April]

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RCSI turning blind eye to cruelty in Bahrain

Posted in Governance and administration on December 9th, 2013 by steve

“As an Irish surgeon I am ashamed to read yet another carefully worded denial by the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) of ‘ongoing’ abuses in Bahrain …” (more)

[Damian McCormack, Irish Examiner, 9 December]

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Academic freedom in Bahrain

Posted in Governance and administration on July 8th, 2013 by steve

“Sir, – Prof Damian McCormack (July 1st ) refers to the National University of Ireland as an organ of the State. It is not. It is an independent statutory body and has been so since its foundation in 1908 …” (more)

[Maurice Manning, Irish Times, 8 July]

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Academic and medical freedom in Bahrain

Posted in Governance and administration on July 1st, 2013 by steve

“… Dr Manning’s comment that there ‘has been a normalisation of relations’ in that country suggests he did not meet any of those who suffered and continue to suffer under one of the most brutally oppressive regimes on the planet …” (more)

[Damian Mc Cormack, Irish Times, 1 July]

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NUI chancellor stresses ‘centrality of human rights’ on visit to Bahraini medical campus

Posted in Governance and administration on June 12th, 2013 by steve

“The chancellor of the National University of Ireland (NUI) has spoken of ‘the centrality of human rights in the work of medical graduates’ during a visit to a controversial Irish-run college in Bahrain … ” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 11 June]

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Irish universities ‘intimately engaged’ with non-democratic regimes

Posted in Governance and administration on June 11th, 2013 by steve

“Irish third-level institutions are ‘intimately engaged with regimes that have human rights questions to answer’, the former head of the Bahrain campus of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) has said …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 11 June]

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Ceartas urges Irish Medical Council not to accredit Bahrain facility linked to rights abuses

Posted in Legal issues on June 3rd, 2013 by steve

“The proximity of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) to human rights violations committed by the Bahraini authorities have presented numerous challenges for this medical institution …” (more)

[Human Rights in Ireland, 3 June]

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College of Surgeons ‘powerless’ in Bahrain, says former campus head

Posted in Governance and administration on June 1st, 2013 by steve

“The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) should maintain its presence in Bahrain but not at the expense of the values that should underpin any academic institution, the former head of its Bahrain campus, who resigned earlier this year, has said …” (more)

[Mary Fitzgerald, Irish Times, 1 June]

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Chief of Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland defends Bahrain campus

Posted in Governance and administration on May 31st, 2013 by steve

“The chief executive of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) has told his staff that the college rejects accusations that its Bahrain campus is not fit for accreditation by the Irish Medical Council due to abuses that have taken place …” (more)

[Mary Fitzgerald, Irish Times, 31 May]

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Call for Irish Medical Council not to accredit RCSI-Bahrain campus

Posted in Governance and administration on May 30th, 2013 by steve

“The Irish Medical Council should not approve the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Bahrain campus for accreditation due to abuses that have taken place in Bahraini hospitals where RCSI students receive training, an Irish human rights organisation has said …” (more)

[Mary Fitzgerald, Irish Times, 30 May]

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Bahrain government welcomes improved relations with RCSI after ethics row

Posted in Governance and administration on April 3rd, 2013 by steve

“The Bahraini government has expressed satisfaction with the outcome of meetings held at the weekend with a delegation from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) after the controversial cancellation of a conference on medical ethics …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 3 April]

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RCSI delegation to visit Bahrain after resignation

Posted in Governance and administration on March 29th, 2013 by steve

“A delegation from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) will travel to Bahrain next week to meet government officials following the resignation of its Bahrain campus’s president over the cancellation of a conference on medical ethics he helped organise …” (more)

[Mary Fitzgerald, Irish Times, 29 March]

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Bahraini government withdrew permission for conference at Royal College of Surgeons

Posted in Governance and administration on March 27th, 2013 by steve

“Permission for a conference on medical ethics planned for Bahrain was verbally withdrawn by members of the Bahrain government, medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières said last night …” (more)

[Fiona Gartland, Irish Times, 27 March]

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College of surgeons Bahrain head quits over conference permit

Posted in Governance and administration on March 26th, 2013 by steve

“The Bahraini government’s official spokeswoman has accused Prof Tom Collins, the president of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RSCI) Bahrain campus, of ‘utter lies’ after Prof Collins said he was resigning …” (more)

[Mary Fitzgerald, Irish Times, 26 March]

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