Chancellor of the University of The Gambia, His Excellency, President Adama
Barrow has challenged the latest University graduates to utilise their
knowledge to develop and transform the country.
President Barrow was speaking at the 11th Convocation Ceremony of the University of the Gambia at Bijilo, where 681 students were conferred degrees from the 10 schools within the university.
The Gambian leader further called on the graduates to unite for the reconstruction and transformation of the country and let the country rise again.
“Towards this end, it is imperative that I remind you that this celebration marks the end of one journey and triggers the beginning of another important journey - the journey of life – often characterised by uncertainties, challenges and fierce competition” he said.
He told the graduates that in this new journey, they must arm themselves with the time-tested weapons of self- confidence, determination and a positive attitude and mind-set at all times.
President Barrow urged them to always remember people’s attraction to them, especially in the world of work, saying it’s the value they have learnt and earned in the course of their stay in the University.
“Therefore, you must learn to be humble and selfless; dream high and act with confidence and determination; never stop learning and never stop listening; and be committed to excellence and integrity in whatever you do and wherever you find yourself.” The Gambian leader told the graduates, saying that that is what makes the difference between them and the rest.
For his part, the vice chancellor of the University of The Gambia, Prof. Faqir Muhammad Anjum Chaudhry, said that the convocation marks the recognition of degrees and certificates to the students after completing the courses of their studies.
He advised that lifelong learning will be mandatory to all of them, noting that their learning doesn’t only stop from the graduation. He thus urged them to continue in the relevant and competent fields that they have been studying.
He finally urged them to be innovators in whatever they have been studying in the University of The Gambia, while calling them to continue seeking and applying new knowledge.
Chairman of the UTG Governing Council, Matthew P. Ndure declared that at the university, they are convinced that the learning environment promotes the development of worthy characters.
He noted that there is academic freedom, and opportunities abound for free expression of opinion by faculty and student, most importantly he said, courses encourage research, independent and critical thinking and accommodation of other prospective on issues.