Students take a middle-level examination, the Common Entrance Exam, at the age of 16 to determine their eligibility for the final 2 years of preparatory work for university entrance. Few complete these two years. Between 1960-1970 the number of Grenadians trained at the university level increased from 193 to 352 people.
In 1987, Grenada had only three institutions beyond the secondary level for technical or academic training of its citizens: the Institute for Further Education, the Teacher Training College, and the Technical and Vocational Institute. Since 1987 the number of schools has increased. Students who want to continue their education beyond high school may go on to college or university; some may also enter apprenticeship programs to learn a trade. The colleges include Mirabeau Agricultural School, Teacher's Training College, Marryshow College, and the Technical and Vocational Institute. There are also three technical centers in the parishes of St. Patrick, St. David, and St. John. The Grenada National College was established in 1988.
Medical Schools: St. George's Medical School, although administered in Grenada, exists to serve foreign medical students, most of whom come from the United States. St. George's University was originally founded as a School of Medicine, but was authorized to grant additional degrees in 1976. The medical training facilities at St. George's University are highly respected throughout the world. More than two-thirds of the students come from foreign countries including Ireland, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Kuwait, and Venezuela. Since 1977, more than 2,600 students at the university have been awarded their M.D. degree and currently practice in more than 22 countries around the world. There is also a branch of the Extra-Mural Department of the University of the West Indies (UWI) in St. George's.
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