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RCSI International Citizenship

RCSI International Citizenship

RCSI recognising diversity and cultural competence in healthcare ...

In an increasingly globalised world, we see international third level education as an important vehicle to foster increased understanding, respect and engagement across countries and cultures. These formative young adult years in third level education can be even more enriching for individuals, and societies, where they are spent in a culturally diverse environment.

RCSI is a uniquely international education setting with an implicitly multicultural atmosphere. There are already many activities where students work together on volunteering and citizenship activities, and on celebrating their multicultural composition.  We want to enable students to engage and benefit even more explicitly from this cultural mix as part of their experience of College life.  To that end, we have established an International Citizenship Programme for students. 

RCSI International Citizenship is a longitudinal programme which encourages students to reflect on and develop the skills, values and attitudes that they will need to work effectively in a culturally diverse healthcare environment. The programme will lead to an award for those students who show an ‘international outlook’ through demonstration of personal development and learning from their interactions with others from diverse backgrounds during extra-curricular activities. Students participating in the International Citizenship Programme will complete a portfolio of extra-curricular activities and submit written reflections on the skills, values and attitudes that they have demonstrated through these activities under the following headings:

  • Education: Leadership & Peer Engagement
  • RCSI life: Social engagement & Leadership
  • Local community: Social Engagement and Leadership
  • Overseas Challenge
  • Research/other 

Examples of activities from the 2015/16 inaugural awards process is available here

The aim of the International Citizenship programme is to enable students to develop leadership, cultural awareness and interpersonal skills by building a portfolio documenting their extra-curricular journey at RCSI and developing their ability to reflect on the inherent learning involved in extra-curricular activities.

Students learn to reflect on the skills developed and the values and attitudes that they have demonstrated, with a particular emphasis on learning from interactions with others from culturally different backgrounds. Each student experience is, like a fingerprint, unique and shaped by their personal preferences, choices and opportunities pursued. RCSI’s multi-cultural orientation and international presence creates an advantage for our students wishing to develop skills as International Citizens. The programme provides a framework for students to pursue their personal goals outside of the curriculum, access opportunities for personal development and develop their interpersonal skills (e.g. cultural competency) and encourages self-reflection and an international outlook. Upon graduation, RCSI’s International Citizens will be more prepared for the increasingly complex and globalized nature of society and their workplace.

An RCSI International Citizen is a graduate who demonstrates the skills and knowledge necessary to work more effectively in the diverse world of health and healthcare and displays an understanding of the complexity of the public, patient and professional perspectives involved in an increasingly globalised environment.”

The International Citizenship programme supports and encourages student engagement across all layers of RCSI and supports our mission, vision and values.


Celebrating our Cultural Diversity

An illustration depicting the uniquely international education setting that is RCSI
Designed and illustrated by Dr Eoin Kelleher, RCSI Graduate and Valedictorian (2014)
Unveiled at the launch and inaugural awards ceremony of the
RCSI International Citizenship Programme (April 2016)