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Scholarships Secretariat signs deal with Grenada’s St George University

BY: Salomey Appiah-Adjei
Mr Kingsley Agyeman, the Registrar of the Scholarship Secretariat, (left) exchange notes with Mr Christopher Sauer, Executive Director of International Growth and Strategy of the St George University School of Medicine
Mr Kingsley Agyeman, the Registrar of the Scholarship Secretariat, (left) exchange notes with Mr Christopher Sauer, Executive Director of International Growth and Strategy of the St George University School of Medicine

The Scholarships Secretariat of Ghana has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the St George University School of Medicine in the Carribean island of Grenada.

Under the agreement, selected students who have first degrees in medical sciences would be offered scholarship for post graduate training in the medical field.

The scholarship packages will range from 50 per cent to 100 per cent funding by the awarding institution, with the Scholarship Secretariat as the coordinating agency.

The Registrar of the Scholarships Secretariat, Mr Kingsley Agyeman, signed for his outfit, while  the Executive Director of International Growth and Strategy, Mr Christopher Sauer, initialed for the University.

The Director General of the Ghana Health Service, Dr Anthony Nsiah-Asare, and the Board Chairman of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, Dr Okoe Boye, witnessed the signing of the MoU.

The agreement

At a ceremony to sign the agreement in Accra last Thursday, Mr Agyeman said St George University contributed about 40 per cent to the Grenada Gross Domestic Product (GDP) due to its international affiliations to over 400 schools across the globe.

That, he said, would also give the students lots of exposure to different cultures and experiences in building that capacity and skills.

He noted that investment in the human capital was the best investment to create opportunities, especially for the young ones.

Therefore, he said, such agreements were critical in creating better opportunities for the younger generation.

Mr Agyeman expressed the hope that students who would be selected for such programmes would excel and make Ghana proud.

Ghana's reputation

Mr Sauer said Ghana had a reputation for creating great students at the international level, saying that was one of the reasons for the partnership.

He said the University had trained over 16,000 professionals with over 10,000 of them practising in the United States and other countries.

He expressed the hope that the collaboration between Ghana and the St George University would see to the grooming of great health professionals in the country.

Achieving universal health

Dr Nsiah-Asare said the cooperation was in the right direction as the country sought to become the medical hub in the sub region.

He said it would also complement the country's efforts to train medical professionals as it worked towards achieving universal health coverage.

St George University

St George University School of Medicine is a private international university offering degrees in medicine and other related programmes.

It is reputed to be among the best universities that offer world class educational experience in the training of health professionals.