GRENADA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--St George’s University (SGU), the global medical university on the Caribbean island of Grenada, has announced the establishment of a new SGU Alumni Association in Botswana – the first such association in Africa, in a country where one in every five practicing physicians is a graduate of SGU.
SGU Alumni Associations act as platforms for personal and professional development and aim to strengthen the ties between alumni, the community, and the University through outreach and regional events.
The establishment of the Botswana alumni chapter was announced by Dr G Richard Olds, President of SGU, and Robert Alig, Vice President of Alumni Affairs, at a special launch event on 21 September at the Avani Resort in Gaborone.
“The new chapter in Botswana will offer our graduates here the chance to connect with their fellow alumni in the country, and hundreds more in Africa and beyond,” said Alig. “We are thrilled to be launching this chapter which will assist graduates of SGU by strengthening personal and professional networks and laying the foundations for new ones.”
Earlier the same day, Dr Olds led a workshop on “How to Get Into a Top Medical School”, as part of the Inspired Horizons international careers fair in Gaborone. Dr Olds shared experiences and insights from his career in medicine and medical education, and spoke with prospective Botswanan medical students about applying to SGU.
“We believe the best way to give our students a truly global medical education is to foster a community of global scholars, who will go on to work as physicians and medical professionals all around the world”, said Dr Olds.
Dr Orapeleng Phuswane-Katse, a 2011 graduate of SGU from Mochudi, Botswana, now works as Medical Officer at Princess Marina Hospital in Gaborone and is undertaking her residency in Public Health Medicine. She welcomed the announcement of the new alumni chapter in Botswana.
“SGU gave me the opportunity to study in the Caribbean and undertake clinical rotations in the UK,” she said. “It was always my intention to return to practice in Botswana, and this new alumni association will be an especially valuable platform for connecting graduates working throughout the country and demonstrating SGU’s commitment to producing skilled, capable doctors through training and career development opportunities.”
In August, SGU and the Inspired Horizons Association signed a Memorandum of Understanding to further education development for Botswanan students and facilitate opportunities for cooperation between both parties.
About St. George’s University
St George’s University is a centre of international education, drawing students and faculty from over 140 countries to the island of Grenada, West Indies. St. George’s is affiliated with educational institutions worldwide, including in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and Ireland.
The University has contributed over 18,000 physicians, veterinarians, scientists, and public health and business professionals who are practicing across the world. The University programs are accredited and approved by many governing authorities.