of American International University West Africa (AIUWA), a reputed school of
medicine in The Gambia has said that they are expecting to admit about 300 foreign
students into the university in the next three years, saying the development
would be educational tourism for the country.
In a recent interview with our reporter at the university’s Kanifing campus, Dr. Dinesh Shukla said, “We are bringing in a change on how higher education is handled and how things are done.” He said there must be a strong public-private partnership to move Gambia’s higher education system, saying they will welcome the coming of more higher education institutions into the country to increase healthy competition.
Consequent to the approval of the charter of American International University West Africa by government of The Gambia, in August 2010, AIU established Health Science Centre at The Gambia, consisting of five colleges, College of Medicine, College of Dentistry, College of Pharmacy, College of Nursing and College of Health Professionals.
The University signed an agreement in September 2011 with Gambia’s Ministry of Health and Social Welfare to utilize all the government owned health facilities for educational purposes for its students.
Dr. Shukla said tourism has been the major industry driving The Gambia’s economy but said the country needs to diversify in all other aspects including education.
Since the establishment of the University in The Gambia, he said, it graduated 131 students out of which 78 were Gambians. “In our every admission, we give 10% to The Gambia with full scholarship.