GTTI signs mentoring agreement with Kwame Nkurumah University

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Gambia Technical Training Institute (GTTI), last Friday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Kwame Nkurumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Ghana for mentoring and support to GTTI as an emerging African Centre of excellence.

The technical training institute is already on the verge of transforming into University of Science, Engineering, and Technology (USET).

According to the MoU, KNUST will mentor and support GTTI as an emerging African Centre of excellence for the next five years.

Higher education Minister Badara Joof said partnering with Kwame Nkurumah University will help GTTI get the visibility and academic integrity that is needed to make it a center of excellence for not only in the sub-region but the whole world.

He said KNUST will be responsible for recruitment, lectures and certification, and when a person graduates within the first five years will be certified in the name of KNUST.

Mr. Joof further said that the MOU makes provision for an extra two years in case there is a capacity gap.

He said the new university will have two faculties of sports; where students will be taught on refereeing and coaching among others, faculty of fine art and culture, where students will be taught on music, fine art, sculpting and painting etc.

He said there will also be an auditorium, book library and a digital library. “the World Bank has provided 12 million and the government will also contribute for this project,” he added.

Professor Eric Kwabena Forkuo, a dean from KNUST said Ghana and The Gambia have established a long standing relationship and almost every year Gambia students are enrolled into Kwame Nkurumah University.

Author: Fatou O Barrow