10 April 2017 – Juba, South Sudan – Aguer Deng and Joseph Giir have made history by being the first two students from South Sudan to be accepted into the MD programme at St George’s University, Grenada. They began premedical coursework in 2014. At the University’s symbolic White Coat Ceremony in Grenada earlier this year, they joined new medical students from 96 countries.
Presenting Aguer Deng and Joseph Giir with their white coats, Dr Mayen Achiek, Dean of the College of Medicine at the University of Juba, said that “we are very proud of them”. In this, the second of his visits to Grenada, Dr Achiek commended the students for their achievements “in the face of extreme adversity. We acknowledge their commitment to return to South Sudan after graduation to help grow our young country’s medical infrastructure”.
Contact between the country of South Sudan and St George’s University was made in January 2014 with the goal of helping MD students from conflict-affected countries obtain degrees before returning to rebuild their medical services.
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 17,000 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.
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