EUC links Pre-Med programme with St. George’s University
St. George’s University in Grenada has signed a memorandum of understanding with Erasmus University College (EUC), Rotterdam, paving the way for EUC students to receive world-leading medical training. The agreement, the first of its kind between the two institutions, will allow qualified students the opportunity to obtain the Doctor of Medicine Degree at St. George’s University.
Students from EUC who have successfully graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences, with a grade point average of at least C for the courses that form part of the Pre-Med major, will be eligible to apply for the programme. Those who succeed will be free to choose whether to spend their first year at SGU’s Keith B. Taylor Global Scholars’ Programme in Newcastle, and their second year at SGU in Grenada, or to spend both years in Grenada. The final two years of the programme will consist of clinical rotations at affiliated hospitals in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.
The signing of the MOU between St. George’s and EUC marks an expansion of options to EUC students wishing to pursue medicine at a master level. Currently EUC pre-med students are able to enrol into a bridging programme which links to the Master in Medicine at the Erasmus Medical Centre. The relationship with St. George’s offers an English option abroad for the pre-Med students.
Commenting on the Memorandum of Understanding, Dr G. Richard Olds, President of St. George’s University, said, “This partnership will provide the opportunity for EUC students to receive some of the best medical training in the world at SGU and our affiliated universities, resulting in more world-class doctors practicing in medicine. With this historic agreement we have also strengthened our global network of Higher Education institutions, and formed a lasting partnership with another excellent university.”
Prof. Maarten Frens, dean of Erasmus University College agreed, saying “It is important that our students are given the opportunity to study medicine overseas, which this MOU will facilitate. Those on the programme will receive international training to complement their education from EUC, and I am excited by the prospect of our students having the opportunity to obtain a US or UK medical practitioners license. I am pleased to have overseen the beginning of a new relationship between Erasmus University College and St. George’s University, and hope that this continues for many years to come”.
St. George’s University School of Medicine is one of the largest in the world, drawing students and faculty from 140 countries. The University has graduated over 17,000 students, including physicians, veterinarians, scientists and public health professionals. It is affiliated with education institutions worldwide, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and Ireland. Many of these affiliations are underpinned by memoranda of understanding, as is now the case with EUC.
Erasmus University College is the international honours college of Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) and offers a Liberal Arts and Sciences curriculum. EUC is a residential and small-scale programme located in the heart of Rotterdam. EUR is ranked 69 in the Times Higher Education rankings and is known as a centre of excellence for health, wealth, governance, business and economics.
Issued by Beattie Communications and Rait Orr on behalf of St. George’s University.