A class of 105 Keith B. Taylor Global Scholars Program (KBTGSP) students received a Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE) in Medical Science at a recent ceremony on the St. George’s University campus, having completed the first year of their medical education at Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK.
Established in 2007, the Global Scholars Program enables students to complete the first year of the Doctor of Medicine program at Northumbria before continuing their studies in Grenada. Among the graduates, there were 63 Canadians, 34 US students, as well as students from Thailand, India, Trinidad, Jamaica, Kenya, Nigeria, Taiwan, and the US Virgin Islands.
“You are being rewarded and recognized for your commitment to acquiring knowledge and for developing the ability to question, challenge, and innovate,” stated Professor Paul Croney, Deputy Vice Chancellor at Northumbria University. “Your experience in the Global Scholars Program has made you highly adaptable and comfortable working within diverse contexts, thus making you very employable and extremely well-placed to succeed in the global labor market.”
“The professors, administration, and clinical tutors were the most intelligent, organized, friendly, and approachable people I have ever met,” said Canadian student Vanaja Sivakumar. “They really made me feel like I was cared for and supported throughout my first year. Also, the sheer amount of history in Newcastle was staggering. A 15-minute walk led you to an 18th century castle. I have never lived anywhere with such rich cultural history, and it proved to be a life-altering experience.”
Marie Chevenon, also from Canada, appreciated the opportunity to view health care from a different perspective, obtaining an up-close look at the UK’s National Health Service (NHS).
“Although similar to the Canadian system, I would not have gotten that exposure had I attended a Canadian school,” she said. “I will certainly recommend the program to other Canadians.”
SGU students received their diplomas from a University that is widely considered one of the most successful universities in the UK. For a large number of students, Northumbria is a first choice and is a truly international institution with a global network of academic, corporate, and professional partnerships
“Northumbria is able to play its part in addressing the global challenge by developing new expertise to meet intellectual and economic needs, and by being creative and innovative to develop solutions that make a difference,” Mr. Croney said. “However none of this will be possible without partnerships and global strategic alliances like St. George’s University. Partnerships like this one are vital to our future. It is through partnerships like this that both universities can develop and thrive in a global world and realize their vision.”