The University of The Gambia (UTG) has certified 13 students with a bachelor of arts in journalism, the first-ever in this discipline in the history of higher education in The Gambia.
The students from the UTG’s School of Journalism and Digital Media (SJDM) will receive their certificates at the 11th Convocation of the UTG slated for 2nd February, 2019.
These pioneers in the graduating classes of 2017 and 2018 will take their places among 660 students expected to graduate in this year’s academic celebration.
Ms Aisha Jagne, Messrs Malick Mboob, Baboucarr Camara, Saikou Ceesay, Karabulie Conteh, Lamin Jahateh, Momodou Kanteh, Mustapha Mbye, Sang Mendy, Bekai Njie, Balla Musa Saidy, Abdoulie Sey and Omar Wally will enter the history books as the first crop from the SJDM out of the original 24 that enrolled in the first year of the school.
The SJDM, inaugurated on 11 October, 2014, offers a four-year degree course following a course in journalism under a harmonised curriculum validated in Dakar, Senegal, in 2013, by participating countries from West African countries in Ecowas under the aegis of Unesco, the UN agency responsible for global education in the arts, sciences and culture.
Six of the graduating students completed a final leg of their training in a ten-week internship course held at the Department of Mass Communication at the University of Lagos (Unilag) for a more rigorous exposure to reporting, writing, investigation, video and audio editing, digital production, and honed in their skills during attachments to the Nigerian TVC Communications News and the Guardian newspaper in Lagos.