On January 17, 1977, through an act of Grenada’s Parliament, the doors to St. George’s University School of Medicine were opened and a lifetime partnership was created.
Grenada, an independent nation within the British Commonwealth, has embraced St. George’s University since its inception 35 years ago. In turn, SGU, as one of the leading education centers in the region, has been an active and vital member of the community, contributing significantly to the local economy. In fact, the University is the largest employer on the Island and the single largest source of hard currency.
Working with its campus affiliate, the Windward Islands Research and Education Foundation (WINDREF) founded to improve the welfare of Grenada and other developing nations throughout the Caribbean, the University has improved personal and public health, underwrites hospital equipment, and provides salary supports for its educational programs at the hospital.
The University has also sponsored numerous social services programs, including charities such as Bel Air Home for Abused Kids and the Grenada Heart Foundation, which has facilitated heart surgeries free of charge for over 200 children and adults in Grenada -- patients who would have otherwise been sent abroad for treatment. The University-sponsored Fund for Orphans and Elderly has raised over $600,000 USD, all of which has gone directly to services for 14 orphanages and nursing homes in Grenada.
Students and administration of the University donate hundreds of thousands of dollars (USD) to community projects and institutions each year. In addition, many graduates return to donate time at University-sponsored health clinics in Grenada, including the Visiting Cardiology Program and the Ophthalmology Clinic Program, providing free or low-cost medical services to both the University and local Grenadian community. A recent collaboration with the Grenada National Council for the Disabled and led by an SGU alum, provided an opportunity for St. George’s to host a five-day Prosthetic Clinic attending to more than 60 mobility challenged patients.
To date, the University has bestowed degrees on over 700 Grenadians and awarded more than 1,000 scholarships to citizens of Grenada, enabling them to achieve the dream of becoming doctors, veterinarians, teachers and businessmen.
Just as the founders anticipated in their vision of the University, the life-long partnership between SGU and Grenada demonstrates their commitment to the transformational power of education in improving the lives of its graduates at home and abroad.