All hope is not lost for the Ghanaian medical students in Ukraine who had their education halted due to the ongoing crisis in the country.
According to government, the students can now continue and complete their academic studies at St George’s University of Medicine, Grenada.
Government through an agreement with the Caribbean island state secured 200 slots for the medical students who fled Ukraine.
The Registrar of the Scholarships Secretariat, Kingsley Agyemang, and the Director of Recruitment and Commercial Engagement of the University, David Anthonisz, signed the agreement to this effect in the United Kingdom (UK) on Tuesday.
The agreement follows an earlier Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Ghana and the University, signed in 2019.
Under the MoU, selected students who have first degrees in medical sciences would be offered scholarships for postgraduate training in the medical field.
The scholarship packages ranged from 50 per cent to 100 per cent funding by the awarding institutions, with the Scholarship Secretariat as the coordinating agency.
Interacting with state-owned newspaper, Daily Graphic, Mr Agyemang said within the month, officials of St George’s University would interact with the affected medical students on an individual basis towards offering them admission.
He also noted that for those who would not have a placement at St George’s University, government will liaise with the University’s affiliates to admit them.
The Registrar continued that the country was engaging other countries with which it had educational exchange agreements to strike similar agreements.
The move, the medical students, continued with their education seamlessly so that they would return to the country after their programme to augment the number of medical doctors in Ghana.
On his part, Mr Anthonisz said the St. George University of Medicine was excited and ready to absorb the medical students.
He said the University would ensure that they continued their studies under the best of conditions.
Mr Anthonisz commended the country for having a reputation for providing great students at the international level, saying that was one of the reasons for the partnership.
He said the University had trained over 16,000 professionals, with over 10,000 of them practising in the United States and other countries.
The University’s director of recruitment expressed the hope that the collaboration between Ghana and St George University would see to the grooming of great health professionals in the country.
Those present at the ceremony included the Chief Growth and Strategy Officer of Medforth, a global healthcare education organisation, Molly K. O’Neill, the Chief Accountant of the Scholarships Secretariat, Richard Aidoo; the Head of Education and Recruitment of the Ghana High Commission, Afua Gyasiwaa Gaisie, and the Officer in charge of Diasporan Affairs at the Scholarship Secretariat, Richard Gyamfi.