Bengaluru: A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between the Ramaiah Medical College, Bangalore, India (RMC), and St George’s University, Grenada (SGU). The signing took place during a ceremony at Ramaiah Medical College and marked the beginning of a new international relationship between the two institutions. The purpose of the agreement is to develop academic and educational cooperation, and to promote mutual understanding between Ramaiah and SGU.
St George’s University (SGU), has also been recognized as an approved university by the Medical Council of India (MCI). The accreditation will enable graduates of St George’s University School of Medicine to practice in India, paving the way for Indian medical students to study at SGU and return home to practice medicine as fully trained doctors.
The two institutions have agreed to develop collaborative activities in academic areas of mutual interest, paving the way for students of Ramiaiah to study at SGU in future. A Joint Medical Degree Program is in development – to be launched in August of 2018 – wherein RMC will teach the first year of SGU’s five year medical programme to its students. Those who successfully meet the promotion requirements will continue the Doctor of Medicine programme in Grenada, or in the UK as part of the Keith B Taylor Global Scholars Programme – in partnership with Northumbria University. They will then complete their clinical training in the US, UK and Grenada.
The MOU also expresses support for a student exchange programme, enabling scholars, graduates and undergraduates from RMC to spend time at SGU, and vice-versa. Faculty and administrative staff will also be able to take part in the exchange programme, and the two universities will conduct collaborative research projects. Short-term, customized courses for students on credit transfer or study abroad programmes will also be facilitated.
Commenting on the signing of the MOU, Dr G Richard Olds, President of SGU, said, “The breadth of this agreement is testament to the benefit it will bring to both institutions. A well-rounded medical education is the foundation of any successful doctor’s career, and international experience is an important component of that training. I am delighted that our students will have the opportunity to train at Ramaiah Medical College, and look forward to welcoming their students to our True Blue Campus”.
Noting the benefits of international partnerships, Dr Naresh Shetty, President of the International Program at RMC, said, “The collaboration between Ramaiah and SGU will open up new frontiers for Indian students, who will be exposed to both Eastern and Western culture and benefit from a truly global perception of healthcare”.