By Fatoumata Joof
The University of The Gambia, UTG and the University Technology Malaysia have signed a Memorandum of Understanding Tuesday to promote education.
The agreement will see exchange visit programmes between the two institutions, scholarships and joint research publications and other capacity building initiatives.
The agreement was signed at the UTG premises in Kanifing.
“The Memorandum of understanding between the UTG and the UTM is a very broad one. It has an aspect on staff and student exchange visits… and curriculum development,” Lamin Taro, the registrar of the UTG said.
He said it is now time for the two institutions to “embrace and fully implement” all aspects of the pact.
H.E Ramzia Diab Ghanim, the Gambia High Commissioner to Malaysia, said that UTM is one of the five research universities in Malaysia.
She said: “UTM is research intensive in engineering, science and technology.”
According to her, in Asia alone UTM ranks number 47 in the best universities. “In Malaysia, it is number 3 best research university.”
She added that this is a major linkage that will go a long way for UTG to collaborate with such a renowned institution.
“As UTG is on the path of growth and development, we hope to leverage this linkage for the benefit of Gambia and the government in general and president Adama Barrow’s specific interest in the development of higher education in The Gambia. Quality education is the anchor of our new Gambia and I hope to see more Gambians benefiting from this MOU.”
The High Commissioner urged the leadership of UTG to implement the MoU without delay.
“I will take this opportunity to thank Mr. Morro Kurubally, one of your staff who is currently pursuing his PhD at UTM. I am grateful to Mr. Kurubally for facilitating the MoU between the UTM and UTG,” she said.
The vice chancellor of the UTG, Faqir Muhammad Anjum, assured that the MoU aspirations will be followed to the letter.