St George's University to Bring its Graduation Celebrations to Botswana for the First Time in its 35 Year History

The Gaborone International Convention Centre will host the inaugural St. George's University commencement ceremony in Botswana on May 21.

The Gaborone International Convention Centre will host the inaugural St. George's University commencement ceremony in Botswana on May 21.

St George's University, a center of international education based on the Caribbean island of Grenada, will host an inaugural commencement ceremony for its Batswana graduates and alumni on Monday, May 21 at the Gaborone International Convention Centre in Botswana. This is the first time in its 35 year history that the University has held a graduation ceremony outside the United States or Grenada.

The ceremony will celebrate the entrance into the Batswana workforce of more than two dozen Batswana St George's University graduates of the Schools of Medicine, Veterinary Medicine and the Graduate Studies Program. It will also honor the University's alumni who are currently working to deliver better healthcare in the country.

The celebration follows two agreements which were signed last month between the Government of Botswana and St George's University, to mark the 21st anniversary of their strong and long-standing relationship.

"We're delighted to be able to celebrate the hard work of our Batswana graduates and to be able to honor our alumni here," said Dr. Charles Modica, St. George's University Chancellor. "I look forward to the expanded partnership between St. George's and the Botswana government and I am especially proud of the increased opportunities that our recent agreement will bring to the Batswana people."

James Nguyen

In one Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), the University pledged to reduce the fees by 10 per cent for students currently enrolled at the institution and by 30 percent for those who will enroll in August 2012 if there are forty students in an intake. In the second MoU St George's University agreed to seek ways of collaborating with the University of Botswana's medical school to extend enrollment capabilities, as well as working with the Ministries of Education and Health to help position Botswana as an educational powerhouse at a regional and international level.

"The partnership between St. George's and the Government of Botswana has stood the test of time," said Ambassador Tebelelo Mazile Seretse, Ambassador of Botswana to the US. "As we now move the relationship to new heights and congratulate the University for holding the graduation in Botswana, we call on all stakeholders to act swiftly and diligently bearing in mind that we stand to benefit more through partnerships. On behalf of the staff at the Embassy of Botswana in Washington DC, and indeed on my own behalf, we congratulate the graduates for a job well done and their families for the support that they continued to give them to date. To the graduates, let us all remember we are where we are because we have been given an opportunity that others can only dream of. So let us give back to the country and appreciate the opportunity we received by humble service. Well done to our graduates."

The signings took place at a media conference held in Gaborone on Monday 12 March, following a week-long exploratory mission from Washington led by Ambassador Tebelelo Seretse, who has spearheaded the country's mission to become an educational and medical hub, with the full support of the Ministers of Health and Education in Botswana, and the Vice Chancellor of the University of Botswana.

St. George's University draws its students and faculty from 140 countries to the island of Grenada, in the West Indies. St. George’s is affiliated with educational institutions worldwide, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and Ireland. The University's over 11,000 graduates have taken the school's philosophy of global education and applied their training as doctors, veterinarians, scientists, and public and business professionals across the world.. The University programs are accredited and approved by many governing authorities. For more information, visit www.sgu.edu.

Published on 5/19/12