16 September 2010


UTG Poised to Produce next Generation of Gambian Leaders

The Vice Chancellor of the University of the Gambia, Professor Muhammed Kah, has restated that the institution is poised to be the core of the Gambian rapid transformation in development through the impartment of knowledge and skills among its pupils, who represent the next generation of people to take the country forward.
He made these remarks at the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the University of The Gambia and York St John University in the United Kingdom, which was held at the Brikama Campus.
He added that the partnership established with the signing of the memorandum will enhance possibilities for twinning between the two universities and sabbaticals, sports, joint degrees, research as well as staff and student exchanges.
“The University of The Gambia is very important to the development of this country. The next generation of leaders in the country will emerge from this University and we have many degree programmes in different areas. In short, we are a comprehensive University and many of our graduates are pursuing Masters and PhD degrees in great Universities around the world”.
Mr. Kah maintained that Staff and students of York St John University are warmly welcome to The Gambia and his gates shall always be wide open for them. They shall, he enunciated, meet in the University of The Gambia friendly students and staff willing to make reality their mutual aspirations and ambitions through substantive collaboration.
The Deputy Vice Chancellor of York St John University, Professor David Maughan Brown, stated that it was a great pleasure and privilege for them to come to The Gambia whilst noting that they are very appreciative of the warmth of the welcome accorded them.
He further ploughed on that the presence of heads of different faculties for the meeting with them was so great that he doubted any other University in the World can do it. He also disclosed that the two institutions have a common focus and have to embrace the challenge of graduating students into a globalizing world which demands equipping them with skills to entertain the difficulties and adjust to different cultures, religion and ways of doing things.
The proposed student exchange programme, he said, will give the participants an international experience and enable them to think about other people’s histories, which is critically important in light of what happened on September 11 as he challenged Universities in the developed world to help student acquire this experience.
Professor Brown further capitulated that the developed world has a great deal to learn from anywhere else in the world by opening doors to education and interactive research, which he described as very beneficial.
He also revealed that their University was founded by the Church of England way back in 1841, with the chief aim of widening access to education for the whole society, and it was not until four years ago when they became a fully fledged University.
For his part, the University Secretary Jenung Manneh said that they are constantly committed to the amelioration of learning conditions for young people. He commended the University staff for their sterling and admirable performances with great moral turpitude over time for the realization of their common goals.
He concluded that they shall continue improving upon this trend without fatigue in the great enterprise to give good education to the suitably qualified people attending the University so that they can produce knowledgeable graduants.

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