Jimmy Hendry Nzally, of the University of The Gambia who was part of the event’s delivery team said it was aimed at promoting partnership between the two institutions. “The aim of the discussion is for Gambian and American students to reach out to each other and share ideas, cultures, debate on issues, see themselves as equals, strengthen their research and a host of other important exchange through online discussion,” he added.
Nzally said they first thought it necessary to partner with Miami University Middletown after he met Mel Cohen in 2012 with a group of nursing students who were in the country for a summer course on healthcare and health policy. He stated that the students were asked to make a presentation about their experience in The Gambia as part of his erstwhile programme at the American Corner.
He added: “These students said that it was a great honour to speak about their time in The Gambia. This discussion is to promote our culture and would build confidence between students that would give them a powerful tool for networking. I want to thank the students of the UTG for their participation, as well as the Miami University students.
Mary Mam Faye, a second year law student of the UTG, stressed that the discussion is a cultural exchange programme, where they could learn from each other and the diversities of the two countries.]]>