Dr. Judith Balcerski Congratulates Inaugural Nursing Class

Keynote speaker Dr. Judith Balcerski, a registered nurse who served as Dean of the Barry University School of Nursing for 33 years, congratulated the “brave and privileged individuals” of SGU’s first nursing class.  

My greetings to the dignitaries, administrators, and faculty members.  Special greetings to the parents, family, friends, and especially nursing students.

Congratulations on being the first nursing class at St. George’s University.  You are both brave and privileged to be here beginning your nursing education! You are entering nursing in the company of many outstanding women and men:
The Knights Templar ministering on the battlefields;
Catherine of Sienna, one of the first nurses of the 12th century, the patroness of nursing;
Clara Barton, the creator of the Red Cross;
Florence Nightingale who led her colleagues in a sit-down strike to improve the care of soldiers;
Mother Teresa, Nobel peace winning nurse;
women and men who rode horseback into battlefields and who served in field hospitals;
women and men who conduct nursing research to dispel myths and extend lives;
women and men who deliver and care for infants;
and women and men who sit with the person who is dying.
These heroic nurses brought nursing to where it is today.

One definition of nursing is that it’s a Science and an Art.  I am going to add that it is also Sense and Heart.  Science, Art, Sense, Heart.

The science part is clear because you will be caring for persons with bodies and minds.  Nursing care is based on evidence rather than myth.  You will learn the evidence of science in your anatomy, physiology, chemistry, microbiology, sociology, and psychology courses.  You will also study nursing science and read nursing research.  When you practice nursing according to evidence based science and research, rather than myth, you will be successful.  Nursing is a science.

Nursing is an art because you will be caring for people.  No two individual’s responses to illness are alike. While you must learn procedures in your nursing courses, frequently you will have to be creative in how you design nursing care for each individual.  Your patient may not eat.  Be creative.  Your patient may not sleep.  Be creative.  Your patient may refuse a treatment because of fear.  Be creative.  How will you learn to be creative?  Painting, sculpture, jazz, and poetry are creative accomplishments.  Studying art, music, and literature in your required courses helps you to learn to be creative.  You will then be more able to propose creative solutions to confounding nursing problems.  Nursing is an art, a creative art.

To Science and Art I add Sense.  Good sense will benefit your patient and yourself.  When you make a mistake, (because we all have and you will), good sense will give you courage to tell your instructor or the Sister immediately, so that a remedy can be taken and harm prevented.  When your patient suggests there is a better way to do a procedure, good sense will support you as you consider the suggestion seriously.  Good sense will sustain you when you are tired or frustrated and need to step away for a few minutes to take a deep breath to refresh yourself.  When you are corrected by a supervisor, instructor, or physician (and you will be) good sense will permit you to listen to their concern with an open attitude.  Nursing is sense, good sense.
To Science, Art, and Sense, I add one more attribute: Heart.  Heart is why you came to nursing.  You already have heart for persons who are ill.  You want to help them get well, or have less pain, or sleep more restfully, or have a peaceful passing when a cure is impossible.  Heart is the feeling at the end of every day, that you have contributed something very important to someone’s life.  Heart is what presses you to care for someone different from yourself: of another culture, skin color, intellectual capacity, or social level; to care for a criminal and the queen equally.  Heart supports you to care for persons who are impatient, rude, unclean, or manipulative because they are ill and need your care.  Heart compels you to care for an elder woman with Alzheimer’s as if she is your grandmother, a drug addict as your brother, an infant with Down’s syndrome as your child.  Nursing is Heart.

Finally, remember these four:  nursing is Science, Art, Sense, and Heart. SASH.  Remember nursing as a sash, a mantle across your shoulders of science, art, sense, and heart.

If I could make an assignment it would be to require you to read the biographies of outstanding nurses.  Ask nurses you meet to tell you their heart experiences.  As strange as it may sound, read the obituaries of nurses recently passed in your own country. Search these stories for nursing heart.

Starting with this induction ceremony today, write your own stories.   Keep a diary of the heartfelt experiences you have during your journey in nursing education and nursing practice.  Your heart stories will fill your soul and spirit with a return immensely greater than a grade A on a paper, a promotion to a higher position, or even the gratitude bestowed on you by a patient.  It will make you profoundly proud to be a professional nurse.

Congratulations on this beginning, and may God speed you on your journey.

Inaugural Nursing Program Commences

On Saturday, August 23rd, St George’s University inducted 25 students into the inaugural four-year program leading to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. In a ceremony attended by Grenada’s Prime Minister, Hon. Tillman Thomas, the charter class was urged to follow the example of the many outstanding role models in their profession.

inaugural nursing program students

Provost of St. George’s University, Dr. Allen Pensick, used the occasion to spotlight the illustrious past of the profession which stemmed from individuals’ desire to serve the needs of the sick.  Keynote speaker Dr. Judith Balcerski, a registered nurse who served as Dean of the Barry University School of Nursing for 33 years, congratulated these ‘brave and privileged individuals’ on being the first nursing class at SGU.  She encouraged them to continually reflect upon the many outstanding men and women who entered the profession years before: Catherine of Sienna, Clara Barton, Florence Nightingale and Mother Theresa to name a few.  Dr. Balcerski explained that learning their stories will bring to life the heart and soul of the nursing profession and will serve as inspiration throughout their journey in nursing education and nursing practice.

Drawing upon an impressive career, Dr. Balcerski eloquently defined the profession as both a science and an art, to which she added “sense and heart.”  From these four words, Dr. Balcerski created an acronym, SASH, which she threaded throughout her speech and inspired a new generation of nurses.  “Remember nursing as a sash, a mantle across your shoulders of science, art, sense, and heart.”

Judith BalcerskiDr. Balcerski encouraged the students to “practice by evidence rather than myth,” as they apply the skills learned in the anatomy, physiology and chemistry classrooms. This, she explained, is the science aspect of the nursing profession.  She then defined the art of nursing, and encouraged the students to employ creative methods in dispatching their duties for the benefit of their patients.  Creativity, said Dr. Balcerski, can help a patient accept treatment when they are fearful, eat when then have no appetite and sleep when they are not willing.   The sense comes into play each day, as good sense sustains oneself when tired, frustrated and in need of a fresh perspective. Above all, Dr. Balcerski stressed, “heart is what presses you to take care of someone who is different from you. Heart will press you to take care of the criminal and the Queen equally.”

To mark their entry into nursing, the students were presented with stethoscopes and lamps.  During the ceremony the aspiring nurses joined members of the profession in making the Florence Nightingale Pledge.

The Nursing Program was conceived as a response to the mandate by the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) that all nurses in the region hold a BSN degree by the year 2010.  This program is uniquely structured to allow enrolees, after 30 months, to sit regional and international licensing exams.  Upon successful completion of these exams, the students can join the workforce while completing their studies. Chancellor of the University, Dr. Charles Modica says that through this initiative, St. George’s University is extending its commitment to building human resource capacity, increasing access to quality tertiary education and improving health care in developing countries.

Read Dr. Judith Balcerski’s Keynote Address

21st Century Caribbean Literati Celebrated

dr merle collinsIt was an exciting week at True Blue, one that celebrated the cross-cultural impact of Caribbean women’s literature throughout the 21st century. From May 19 through May 23, St. George’s University hosted the 11th Conference of the Association of Caribbean Women Writers and Scholars (ACWWS).  The conference theme was Traditions and Legacies, Revisions and Interventions: Caribbean Women Writings in the 21st Century. 

With over 70 presenters, which included Grenadian poet and novelist, keynote speaker Dr. Merle Collins, the Conference provided an opportunity for participants to immerse themselves in Caribbean folk culture, oral histories, and creative and critical writing celebrating the artistry of women writers across the Caribbean, South America, Central America, North America and Europe.

Commenting on the impact of this conference on both the University and Grenada, Dr. Antonia MacDonald–Smythe, Associate Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences and Conference Chair, said: “Such a conference, in showcasing the University and in particular the School of Arts and Sciences, can lead to future collaborative efforts with other universities such as work–study programs, student exchange and faculty exchange programs. Students preparing for regional examinations such as CXC and CAPE have read about many of these writers. Here is an opportunity to not only meet them but to engage in discourse. Additionally, conferences such as this one can be an event on the cultural calendar of Grenada.”

On Tuesday, May 20, Dr. Merle Collins’ presentation took the form of a public lecture at Bell Lecture Hall.  Dr. Collins, a prolific writer and Professor of English and Caribbean Literature at the University of Maryland spoke about “Caribbean Women Writing in the 21st Century: Visions to Recover, Creations to Re-Create.” The feature address traced the unwritten histories of Grenadian and Caribbean women whose acts of rebellion shaped the future of the Caribbean.  Their interventions provide writers and scholars with the fertile ground on which to cultivate a Caribbean literary tradition.

Another conference highlight was its plenary sessions, which were well attended by high school students and by students of the community college.  The first plenary of Caribbean women writers focused on Caribbean writers and the factors that shape their writing and publishing lives, while the plenary on scholars explored the ways in which Caribbean writers are manipulating  form and genre in the articulation of the thematics of community.

On Thursday, May 22 various authors including Dr. Dessima Williams of Brandeis University and Dr. Merle Collins  presented on “Remembering the Grenada Revolution from 11:15 am to 1:00 pm.  Topics included “The Storm That Never Ended: How the Grenada Revolution Stays Alive,” “The Legacy of the Grenada Revolution in Literature,” “Hurricane Histories:  Landscapes and Languages of Revolutionary Memory,” and “Say It In Performance:  The Story That is Still Difficult to Speak.”  This session was followed by a presentation of Dr. Collins’ video documentary entitled “Caribbean Nation: Saraka and Nation in Grenada and Carriacou” from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm.

Other featured presentations included “Mémoires et Traumatismes” (Memories and Traumatism) by novelist, poet and journalist Evelyne Trouillot on Wednesday, May 21 at 4:45 pm; “Del Alma al Sol, del sol al alma: Intervenciones Personales de una Artista Dominican-York, en Estos Tiempos Glocales” (Soul to Sun, Back and Forth and All in Between: Interventions of the Self by a Dominican-York Artist) by actress, writer and theater director Josefina Baez on Thursday, May 22nd at 11:15 am; and “Departure and Arrival, Alienation and Familiarity” by Dutch writer Ellen Louise Ombre on Friday, May 23rd at 11:15 am.  All presentations were held at the Bourne Lecture Hall.  A special Open Mike Night at Coconut Beach Restaurant featured the work of

Oonya Kempadoo and members of the Writers’ Association of Grenada (WAG).   
Oonya Kempadoo is a writer who was born in Sussex, England, in 1966 of Guyanese parents.  She was brought up in Guyana and has since lived in Europe and various islands in the Caribbean, and now resides in Grenada.  Her first novel, Buxton Spice, was published to great acclaim in 1998, and was nominated for the 2000 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. She was named a Great Talent for the Twenty-First Century by the Orange Prize judges and is a winner of the Casa de las Américas Prize.

Dr. Meredith Gadsby, President of ACWWS, thanked Committee Chair Dr. Antonia MacDonald-Smythe for a magnificent job in hosting the event.  “St. George’s University has opened its doors to us, graciously hosting our organization.  We are forever grateful to the administration and staff of the University, especially Dr. Michelene Adams (Committee Chair), Ms. Shivaughn Hem-Lee-Forsyth (Director of Accommodation) and Mr. Kiernan Rooney (Activities Liaison).”
The general public was invited to attend the public lecture and presentations to engage with the producers of Caribbean Literature.

2007 Commencement; Largest Graduating School of Arts and Sciences and Graduate Studies Program Class in St. George’s University History

charles modica with 2007 sas sgp graduating classOn Saturday, May 12th, the School of Arts and Sciences and Graduate Studies Program Commencement was held in the Bell Lecture Hall on the True Blue Campus.  While all graduations are momentous, this year’s commencement was particularly significant.

With a combined total of 170 graduates from both the undergraduate and graduate programs, the class of 2007 was the largest combined ceremony for the Schools of Arts and Sciences and the Graduate Studies Program in the University’s remarkable 30 year history.

Students and their families were honored by guest speaker The Honourable Mr. Justice Adrian D. Saunders, Judge of the Caribbean Court of Justice who eloquently delivered the keynote address for the commencement ceremony.

As Mr. Justice Saunders reflected on his own law school graduation 30 years prior, he explained to his captive audience that while they may have closed their text books for good, “Learning is a lifelong imperative.”  He continued, “Your years spent in classrooms up to this point have merely provided you with a launching pad, a platform upon which you will begin yet another and an even more productive round of learning and preparation for life’s challenges.”

Mr.  Justice Saunders emphasized the importance of recognizing and seizing every opportunity presented to them, even though they may appear to be inconspicuous or subtle at the time.   This was illustrated through his personal life experiences.  He explained that his gift and passion for law could have gone untapped had his hand not been literally and figuratively forced to make an immediate course of study selection on a college application. Until then, the field of law was never a consideration.

Almost 20 years later, yet another life changing opportunity presented itself in an invitation for judicial appointment.  In his early 40’s and a senior partner in a successful private practice at the time, the opportunity to become a judge, albeit flattering, involved a significant reduction in income as well as uprooting his family.  With two boys to educate, a mortgage payment and a future to save for, the timing was about 10 years premature.   Nevertheless, Mr. Justice Saunders realized that this opportunity may not surface again.  With the blessing of his family, he accepted the position and never regretted the decision. “Life is never a smooth sailing continuum.  Very often you have to take chances.  You can’t expect to cover every contingency before making a decision.  Ultimately it is more important to love what you do than take up or remain in a position just because it pays more,” he said.

Justice Saunders has distinguished himself in the legal profession and has been instrumental in several judicial reformations throughout the Caribbean region.

He has also given profound service in educating others in the legal profession and in championing the cause of youth, especially in his home country of St. Vincent, where he served as President of the National Youth Council of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

His final message to the students was to find enjoyment from life, stay focused on fulfilling your dreams and be proud of the wonderful institution that is SGU.

The commencement ceremony illustrated SGU’s vital contribution to human development on a global scale.  As students from nearly 20 countries were honored by SGU faculty including Chancellor Charles R. Modica, Provost Allen Pensick, Dean Theodore Hollis and Dean Calum Macpherson, one could not help but reflect on the evolution of this extraordinary university.As the number of students applying to SGU continues to rise, so too does the diversity and size of the student body.  The additions of new majors and programs will continue to offer SGU students exceptional opportunities both as an undergraduate and a graduate.This year SGU graduated 14 students from the inaugural Master of International Business program (MIB).  Students with an MIB were globally represented by the US, Guyana, South Africa and Grenada.  First time graduates with an MSc in Economics were also represented.  SGU looks forward to the continued expansion of the university, as it plays an integral role in the success of its current and future graduates.

Rev. Tessica Hackshaw, Superintendent Grenada Methodist Church and friend of the university, opened and closed the ceremony with a beautiful invocation and benediction.At the conclusion of the program, Chancellor Modica welcomed graduates to a reception at the Caribbean House to continue the festivities.

Published 5/16/2007

Spring 2007 Marks the Beginning of the Caribbean Visionary Scholarship Program

The University continues its philanthropic efforts as it begins a decade-long scholarship program designed to benefit academically gifted students from the Caribbean.  Beginning Spring 2007, the Caribbean Visionary Scholarship Program will reward the best and brightest students in the region with 100 scholarships for undergraduate degrees within the School of Arts and Sciences.

St. George’s recently announced the names of the first four recipients; impressive young men and women selected from a competitive pool of over 30 applicants.  The selection was based on the applicant’s performance on the Caribbean’s standardized external exam, CSEC (Caribbean Secondary Examination Certificate).  Only students with a converted Grade Point Average of 3.5 and above were considered

Michelle John

Michelle John

Gervette Penny

Gervette Penny

Rishi Karnani

Rishi Karnani

Reva Sharma

Reva Sharma

Of the four students, three are residents of Grenada.   Michelle John is 17 years old, was born in the US but resides in Grenada.  She attended St. Joseph’s Convent in St. Andrew’s and plans to study Management Information Systems at SGU.  Gervette Penny is a 16-year-old native Grenadian who attended Anglican High School.  She plans to study Life Sciences at St. George’s.  Rishi Karnani is 17, was born in Barbados and resides in Grenada.  He attended Westmorland High School and will be studying Business.  These three students enrolled in January.  Reva Sharma is 18, was born in Guyana, resides in the Bahamas and attended St. Anne’s High School.  She will be studying Liberal Studies with a specialization in Political Sciences.  Reva will be joining SGU in August.

St. George’s recognizes the immediate need to nurture and encourage those individuals whose innate talents and determination will chart the future course of the region.  This program is designed to complement the already existing, need-based CARICOM (Caribbean Community) Undergraduate Scholarship Program (CUSP) offered by the University.

Colin Dowe, Assistant Dean of Enrolment Planning, comments, “The Caribbean Visionary Scholarship is an opportunity for CARICOM citizens to transform themselves as they achieve a tertiary education and, in turn, to transform the Caribbean with their future endeavors.”

SGU is blanketing local and regional media with the news of this program.  It is the hope of the University that the Ministers of Government throughout the Caribbean will assist in assuring that this opportunity is accessible to all worthy students throughout the next 10 years.

For more information on the Caribbean Visionary Scholarship, please visit the School of Arts and Sciences Financial Aid section of the University website.

Published 3/2/2007

University Mourns Visionary Leader In Memoriam

Keith Breden Taylor, DM, FRCP
16 April 1924 – 31 December 2006

Dr Taylor HeadshotThere is often disagreement as to whether the man makes history or history makes the man. There is no disagreement at St. George’s University that Keith B. Taylor made SGU history, and, along with Chancellor Charles Modica and former Vice Chancellor Geoffrey Bourne, put St. George’s University on the world’s radar screen. Because of his tireless efforts and unswerving dedication, St. George’s was transformed from a medical school which was the first and best of its kind in the Caribbean, to an international, world class University with many schools and programs and a vibrant research institute needed in the region.

Dr. Taylor came to SGU from Stanford University where he had served in academic medicine for 30 years. As well as being appointed the George de Forest Barnett Professor of Medicine he also served as Vice Chairman of the Department of Medicine and the Chief of Medical Service, Palo Alto Veterans Administration Hospital. Prior to his achievements at Stanford, Dr. Taylor had been a senior lecturer in medicine at the Nuffield Department of Medicine, Oxford. He had won many awards and prizes during his medical school years and postgraduate work as he began a lifetime of achievement in research and clinical medicine. Dr. Taylor published over 100 papers and abstracts in international peer reviewed journals such as Nature, Science, The Lancet, New England Journal of Medicine, the British Medical Journal, Gut, Gastroenterology, and Clinical Science. He published nine book chapters and was widely regarded as the leading authority on many areas of gastroenterology, particularly in the area of vitamin B12 absorption and pernicious anemia.

Dr. Taylor believed deeply in the concept that international communications and networking were vital in the world of medicine; he traveled widely as a visiting professor, lecturing and learning at the University of Chicago, Harvard University, Boston University, Wisconsin at Madison, Baylor in Texas, Rochester in New York, Washington in Seattle, Columbia in New York, New Mexico in Albuquerque, Adelaide and Queensland in Australia, the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in Melbourne in Australia, Natal in Durban South Africa, and McMaster in Canada. Dr. Taylor created a wide network of scholars, experts and scientists most of whom became his dear friends for life because of his open, warm and inclusive nature.

Dr. Taylor brought to St. George’s this lifetime of experience on the front lines of superior academic medicine, coupled with a rare nature filled with inquisitive intelligence and gentle understanding of humans and their institutions. St. George’s was not exactly the academic milieu he was used to. He did not storm into SGU with a series of imperatives for the administration to follow. Because his nature, and hence his management style, was inclusive and embracing, he spent his initial time as Vice Chancellor to discover how, and why, this small band of dedicated people had taken this dream of creating a powerful, excellent medical school and turned it into a successful reality. He discovered the strengths and weaknesses and then very carefully led the administration into expanding that dream. He worked with many others, especially Chancellor Charles Modica, to plan and execute a beautiful and purpose built campus to house the academic dream. Research was one of his top priorities, rightly believing that the study of medicine needs research as a component. His efforts led to the creation of the Windward Island Research and Education Foundation (WINDREF) which in turn brought the St. George’s University name out into the world of scientists and researchers. He guided the University into a graduate program which attracted more faculty and students. He expanded the faculty with recruitment initiatives designed to attract scholars. Dr. Taylor was the driving force behind the creation of the School of Arts and Sciences, developed to aid Grenada and the region in its need for quality tertiary education. The recruitment of international students and partnerships with international institutions was one of his main goals and he pursued this with such dedication and drive that results were seen almost immediately. Today, the University has multiple schools and programs, graduate studies, a respected research program with many international partnerships, a lively and highly qualified faculty, a campus that is the envy of many universities all over the world, international partnerships with educational establishments in many countries, and a student body that hails from over 85 countries.

But to those he left behind at the University, he will be remembered most for his kind and giving nature. He was a gentleman, perhaps the last of the breed. His kindness and humility were legendary. He abhorred pomposity and self-promotion. He would have considered this eulogy, this list of accomplishments (woefully abbreviated as it is) “fulsome,” since his personal quest was always to learn more and know more and he shunned accolades. He had a generosity of spirit that he shared with all. This spirit, coupled with his unfailing intellectual curiosity, turned every conversation, discussion, encounter, every word spoken in passing, into a positive philosophical discussion, pursued with honesty and intelligence. To be with him was to be invited into a world of ideas and kindness. He elevated the everyday discussions at the University as he imbued its academic endeavors with this generous nature and intellectual curiosity. St. George’s University was radically transformed by his gift to us, and we will miss him.

Dr. Taylor died quietly at home, surrounded by his family and friends. He was survived by his four children – Sebastian, Niicholas, Kate, and Daniel – seven grandchildren, and his friend Patricia Staniszewski.

Published on 1/5/07

St. George’s University Announces the Commonwealth-Grenada St. George’s University Scholarship Program (CGSG)

GU is thrilled to further its commitment to education and the developing world through its highly anticipated scholarship program. The Commonwealth-Grenada St. George’s University Scholarship Program will be implemented on January 17, 2007 – the date of the founding of the University 30 years ago. The University will begin to accept applications on this date.

The administration is proud to offer 75 full tuition scholarships over the next few years to qualified students from Commonwealth countries, with preference to students from developing countries and small states. The Commonwealth of Nations is a voluntary association of 53 countries, the majority of which are former colonies of the United Kingdom.

The Commonwealth represents almost a third of the world’s countries. It is primarily an organization in which countries with diverse economic backgrounds have an opportunity for close and equal interaction. Its primary activities are to create an atmosphere of economic co-operation between member nations, as well as promote democracy, human rights and good governance in those nations.

Five scholarship programs – public health, business, medicine, veterinary medicine, and undergraduate degrees in arts and sciences – have been created under the umbrella of the Commonwealth-Grenada St. George’s University Scholarship Program. They will benefit both graduate and undergraduate students who demonstrate academic excellence, financial need and a commitment to their chosen discipline. These scholarship awards will mainly be granted to students from developing countries where the need for trained professionals is great.

A Commonwealth-Grenada St. George’s University Scholarship Committee has been established by the University to award the scholarships. While the $4 million (USD) program will fully fund tuition, students will require separate support for living and traveling expenses. The University will work with the Commonwealth Association to identify businesses and institutions in Commonwealth countries who will sponsor students in return for a promise of serving upon graduation.

Distribution of scholarships is as follows:

Master in Public Health
25 dedicated students will be selected, with special emphasis given to those who will dedicate their professional skills to the public health problems of their home countries. Public health issues in the developing world often involve large scale infectious diseases, which have been almost eradicated in the developed world. In addition, the developing world needs public health professionals dedicated to addressing the health inequalities engendered by the social determinants of health. Poverty, with its attendant problems in inadequate education, health care, sanitation and social support, is at the core of health issues in developing nations. The CGSG scholarships are designed to help battle healthcare through public health.

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
The 10 CGSG scholarships in veterinary medicine are designed to provide veterinary surgeons for Commonwealth countries in need of more veterinary medical professionals. These veterinary surgeons may be trained to care for wildlife, large animals, herd animals or exotic animals. It is to be expected that they will be imbued with the concept of One Medicine and educated in ways to deal with the transfer of disease between man and animals, which cross international borders on a major scale, causing epidemics of zoonotic diseases.

Doctor of Medicine
The five scholarships in medicine will provide well-trained doctors to enhance health- care delivery in developing nations. This program is designed to stem the “brain drain” from developing to developed countries by training qualified medical doctors who will return home to practice medicine after being immersed in medicine as it is practiced and taught in the Caribbean, the United States and the United Kingdom. These doctors will be well equipped not only to help individual patients, but to contribute to their nation’s healthcare delivery systems as a whole.

Master of Business Administration
The 25 CGSG scholarships in business administration will deliver trained managers who will be able to help developing countries build effective infrastructures in business, industry and government. With an emphasis in the curriculum on international business and entrepreneurial skills and a concentration on public sector management and hotel/tourism management, the MBA degree holders will be well qualified to contribute to the economic development of their countries.

Undergraduate Degrees
The 10 CGSG scholarships in the School of Arts and Sciences are designed to train professionals in a variety of professions that will enhance the business and educational infrastructure of Commonwealth countries, especially developing nations. Degree programs are offered in international business, management information technology, life sciences, and liberal arts.

SGU will maintain strict adherence to its admission requirements which can be found on our website. Admission and scholarship application forms are also available through the website. Applicants will have up to April 15, 2007 to submit applications for the August 2007 class. The deadline for the January 2008 class is September 15, 2007.

Published on 11/10/2006

St. George’s University Undergraduate Enrollment at Record High

The faculty at SGU welcomed 152 new degree seeking undergraduate students in the School of Arts and Sciences (SAS) this past term. This represents a 90 % increase in intake over spring 2006 and a 170% increase over fall last year. The explosion in demand for undergraduate education at SGU has resulted in an almost 60% increase in this subset of the University’s students. This translates to a record high enrollment of 754 SAS undergraduate students, including 200 students enrolled in the premed and veterinary programs.

The University is gratified by both the numbers of new students entering this fall term and their diversified areas of origin. Students in the undergraduate programs have come from 20 countries. The top country represented is Grenada; other countries represented are Austria, Barbados, Botswana, Canada, Dominica, Ghana, Guyana, India, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Lebanon, Nigeria, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, The United States, The United Kingdom, Venezuala, Trinidad and Tobago.

Students in ClassClearly, more students abroad and locally are recognizing the opportunities that exist for them at SGU. There has been a concerted effort by the SGU Admissions Office to share the program offerings of SGU, exploring alternate paths of entry with prospective students, as well as, providing academic/career counseling. This has been executed through School visits, Information Sessions along with attending College and Career Fairs in the various territories.

Focusing much attention on the local level, the University attempts to make tertiary education more accessible to Grenadian students in need by providing substantial scholarships through the Grenadian Undergraduate Scholarship Program (GUSP). Likewise, the University offers the Caricom Undergraduate Scholarship Program (CUSP), which is a need based scholarship available to Caribbean nationals seeking a quality tertiary education. In addition, SGU grants a number of full scholarships for students by agreement with the government of Grenada. The inclusive scholarship programs have played a large part in fuelling the rise of enrollment.

The commitment to tertiary education is echoed by several other countries as well. The Trinidad and Tobago Government has significantly contributed to the increase in Trinidadians attending SGU through its scholarships to Premed and the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP). We are also seeing a growing interest within the OECS territories for an SGU education, which argues well for the future of these small island states. This multi-cultural development in SAS furthers the University’s mission of creating a center of international academic excellence.

students-looking-out-onto-baskerball-courtA continued increase in the size and diversity of the student body is expected, particularly as the academic programs offered expand. The addition of new majors, especially within the Business Department, directly impact the opportunities available to the growing number of students. An example of this is the newly introduced Certificates in Business program, which targets the working population seeking department specific credentials. The onset of the Caribbean Single Market and Economy (CSME), which features the free movement of University graduates and skilled professionals, has also served to increase the demand for tertiary education.

SGU has become a realistic option for many students. According to Colin Dowe, Assistant Dean of Enrolment Planning for Caribbean Admissions, “The work within the community has also increased the profile of the institution and prompted endorsements from some of the national ‘movers and shakers’. The fear of being displaced and/or not being competitive in the job market is one of the fallouts of the CSME and as such more citizens are seeking additional certification. The Trinidadian 20/20 vision aims to have 20% of its population holding first degrees. The Ministry of Education in Grenada will like all secondary school teachers to have an undergraduate degree within the next 8 – 10 years. SGU has an obligation to assist in the delivery of these goals.”

Now, more than ever, the provision of a quality, relevant education in a supportive environment is imperative. It is critical that the University not merely confer degrees but rather prepare regional students for the challenges faced by small businesses and nations competing in this global village. The academic foundation combined with the multiculturalism that is a hallmark of the SGU educational experience are the winning combination that sets SGU apart from other universities.

Published on 010/12/2006

Caribbean Visionary Scholarship Program: A Decade of Excellence

21st century globalization requires access to 21st century education. To further its commitment to raising the educational bar in the Caribbean as the world shrinks, St. George’s University recently launched the Caribbean Visionary Scholarship Program. This program is designed to allow academically gifted Caribbean students a chance to earn an undergraduate degree in SGU’s School of Arts and Sciences. The University has instituted one hundred (100) scholarships to be awarded over the next ten (10) years, beginning in the Spring 2007 semester.

These full and partial scholarships will help many students with high academic achievement reach their potential at University. The Caribbean Visionary Scholarship has been designed to complement the already existing, need-based Caricom Undergraduate Scholarship Program (CUSP) offered by the University.

Students interested in applying should focus on academic excellence and commitment to their chosen profession. Colin Dowe, Assistant Dean of Enrolment Planning, comments, “The Caribbean Visionary Scholarship is an opportunity for Caricom citizens to transform themselves as they achieve a tertiary education and, in turn, to transform the Caribbean with their future endeavors.”

For more information on the Caribbean Visionary Scholarship, please visit the School of Arts and Sciences Financial Aid section of the University website.

Published on 02/28/2006

St. George’s University Launches Masters in Business Administration (MBA) and a Masters in International Business (MIB) Degree Program

Two new graduate programs in business administration were launched this term by SGU’s School of Arts and Sciences: a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) and a Masters in International Business (MIB), which have expanded the growing number of degree programs much needed in Grenada and the region.

Classes for the MBA and MIB programs began on January 16th. The program reached its goal of 50 students for the charter class – all seats were filled. “There is a great diversity in this charter class,” said Colin Dowe, Assistant Dean of Enrolment Planning for Caribbean Admissions. Students have enrolled from Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Vincent, St. Lucia, South Africa, and the US. “It’s terrific that we have seven different nationalities in this class since the focus is on international business and the make-up of the charter class clearly reflects the objectives of the program,” commented Mr. Dowe.

Many of the students in the charter class already own or manage a business or corporation in Grenada. In addition, and adding to the eclectic nature of the student population, other students have backgrounds in computer science, chemistry, pharmacology, and psychology. Four of the students have graduated from the School of Arts and Sciences at SGU and three of them are significant others of students enrolled in a different SGU program. Mr. Dowe feels that, “The amalgamation of experiences will facilitate a rich exchange of ideas in classes and add to the value of their exposure.”

The MBA/MIB classes are offered on a full-time and a part-time basis. Students who enroll full time can complete the MIB in one year or the MBA in two years. Classes are scheduled to accommodate working professionals and students who want to earn dual degrees. There are close to 20 students who have enrolled full-time. A multi-summer, condensed program is being developed which will allow regional professionals to earn an MBA during summer sessions. “There are many top-notch professionals in Grenada and the Caribbean who will benefit from postgraduate training. It has been exciting to implement this program which allows regional business professionals access to a quality, international degree in business administration without having to leave home,” said Michael Cappy, the MBA/MIB program coordinator.

SGU also offered scholarships for all charter class members who started in January 2006, an effort to make education more affordable to regional students. In accordance with the University’s goal of utilizing institutional and regional strengths, concentrations in tourism/hotel management and health administration are being developed. “The first graduate degree programs offered by the School of Arts and Sciences further enhance the reputation of the School and the University,” said Dr. Theodore Hollis, Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, “We are all excited by this program which has all the earmarks of success.”

“We anticipate that the launch of the MBA\MIB program is just the beginning of our development of this field and we anticipate in the future offering dual MD\MBA and DVM\MBA degree programs here at SGU. This will provide an even wider choice of degree options for our regional and international students in the Schools of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine. For now it is a tremendous achievement to have put together the MBA\MIB program and I would like to congratulate all involved and wish them every success,” said Dr. Cal Macpherson, Dean of Graduate Studies.

Published on 01/27/2006