This small nation consists of three islands: Grenada, Carriacou (pronounced Carry-a KOO), and Petite Martinique (pronounced Pitty Mar-ti-NEEK). Grenada is by far the largest of the three, with a width of 18 km and a length of 34 km. Its 600+ square kilometres are mountainous, volcanic terrain, reaching heights of over 850 metres atop Mount St. Catherine. This topography provides Grenada with one of the loveliest and most varied environments in the Caribbean, including crater lakes and a variety of plant and animal life.
The three islands of Grenada, Carriacou & Petite Martinique are located in the eastern Caribbean at the southern extremity of the Windward Islands, only 160 km north of Venezuela.
Average temperatures range from 24ºC to 30ºC, tempered by the steady and cooling trade winds. The lowest temperatures occur between November and February. The driest season is between January and May.
Approximately 108,132 (est 2008) people inhabit Grenada, including the 6,521 inhabitants of Carriacou and Petite Martinique. The nation's citizens are primarily of African, East-Indian and European descent, with the largest proportion of African descent. Grenada is an English-speaking nation.
With its African origins, Calypso is the music of the native Grenadian. Ex-tempore is an art form where the musician sings to a standard tune but has impromptu lyrics.
Ports of Entry
Visitors travel to Grenada by Sea and Air. International flights stop at Point Salines International Airport, at the tip of the island just a short ride from St. George's.
Education: The Grenada Partnership
On January 17, 1977, through an act of Grenada's Parliament, the doors to St. George's School of Medicine were opened and a lifetime partnership was created.
Grenada, an independent nation within the British Commonwealth, has embraced St. George's University since its inception 30 years ago. In turn, SGU, as one of the leading education centers in the region, has been an active and vital member of the community, contributing significantly to the local economy. In fact, the University is the largest employer on the island and the single largest source of hard currency.
Working with its campus affiliate, the Windward Islands Research and Education Foundation (WINDREF), the University has improved personal and public health, underwrites hospital equipment and provides salary supports for its educational programs at the hospital. The University has also sponsored numerous social services programs, including charities such as Orphans and Elderly Fund, Bel Air Home for Abused Kids and the Grenada Heart Foundation, which has facilitated heart surgeries free of charge for over 100 children and adults in Grenada.
To date, in addition to providing students from around the world a top-level education, the University has bestowed degrees on over 200 Grenadians and awarded over 100 scholarships to citizens of Grenada, enabling them to achieve the dream of becoming doctors, veterinarians, teachers and businessmen.
Just as the founders anticipated in their vision of the University, the life-long partnership between SGU and Grenada demonstrates their commitment to the transformational power of education in improving the lives of its graduates at home and abroad.
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