By Aisha Tamba
The Vice-Chancellor of The University of The Gambia, Prof. Faqir Muhammad Anjum has completed his tenure following his 5-year mandate.
He succeeded professor Muhammadou M.O Kah, the first Gambian to provide leadership at the helm of the university in 2016.
The Pakistan-born professor shared his farewell to the general and the University of The Gambia by expressing gratitude to the then Governing Council under the Chairmanship of the former Minister of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology (MoHERST), Prof. Abubacarr Senghore for appointing him in October 2016.
He then went on: “Furthermore, I express my sincere appreciation to the Senate, faculty, administrative and auxiliary staff for the collegiality over the years I served as your Chief Executive Officer. To the entire student fraternity, both past, and present, it has been a delight to provide scholastic and administrative leadership in promoting and developing conducive learning, teaching, and research environment that guaranteed students and instructors welfare and quality academic programs.
My tenure as the 4th substantive Vice-Chancellor ends by the 30th of September, 2021. After having been given the opportunity to contribute to the advancement of higher education in the Gambia I in my capacity as the Vice-Chancellor of the University of The Gambia, have completed my mission to the best of my ability and this is leaving an indelible footprint in my heart. I am grateful for this lifelong opportunity. To all partner institutions, Embassies, and the UN system, thank you for the support rendered to UTG during the period under review. As I bid farewell to you as the 4th substantive Vice-Chancellor, I extend my best wishes to the entire community of the University of The Gambia. To the 5th substantive Vice-Chancellor, I wish you well as you steer the affairs of our beloved UTG.”