A dual degree affiliation agreement between one of Thailand’s leading universities, Mahidol University, and St George’s University in the Caribbean island of Grenada, has been marked by the award of scholarships, by St George’s University, to two Mahidol students.
The main scholarship has been given to Chandra Bahadu from Myanmar, who studied for his first degree in biological sciences at Mahidol University International College. With a scholarship valued at 75 percent (approximately US $190,000) of his total tuition fees,he will now be able to pursue his four year medical degree at St George’s University School of Medicine. A partial scholarship, valued at US$85,000, was also awarded to Natnicha Noppornmongkul, who will also study at St George’s University School of Medicine.
At the award ceremony at Mahidol, the Dean of Mahidol University International College, Phitaya Charupoonphol, said that St George’s University has “an enviable reputation for turning out international graduates who are successful in obtaining residency training placements in the US and UK. I am confident that, through their mutual efforts and commitment, our scholars will achieve much more as they continue to develop their studies.”
Dean Charupoonphol thanked the President and Chief Executive Officer of St George’s University, Dr G Richard Olds, as well as the Chancellor and Founder, Dr Charles R Modica, for their support for the scholarship awards.
“Through our affiliation agreement, our students need to complete three years of pre-medicine study before being accepted as first year medical students and eligible for a dual degree. This is an enormous and career developing opportunity,” he added.
In a special message, read for him by St George’s University representative Patrick Orr, Dr Olds said that he was proud St George’s University had teamed up with one of Thailand’s leading educational establishments.
“I am fully aware of the long and historic contribution that Mahidol has made to the medical profession in Thailand and the region,” he said. “We, at St George’s University, have pioneered the concept of international medical education and have graduated over 13,000 physicians into the global healthcare system. Out two new scholars will be very much at home on our diverse campus with representatives from all over the world.
“We have a philosophy at our university – that those who study with us, particularly those who benefit from our scholarship awards, should return to their countries of origin and bring home their skills, talents and commitment to their own medical
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