A total number of 47 Gambians were recently conferred Masters and PhD degrees upon successfully completing their programme with Gaston Berger University in St Louis, Senegal, through the ACE programme.
Among the graduating students, 11 bagged Masters (MSc) in Computer Science, 16 have Masters MSc in Mathematics, 19 have Masters MSc in Statistics and John T. Mendy was honoured with a PhD in Mathematics.
The convocation ceremony held on Tuesday in a colourful ceremony at the Kairaba Beach Hotel, brought together high dignitary, government officials, officials from the University of The Gambia and Gaston Berger University, the graduating students, their families and well-wishers.
Speaking at the convocation ceremony, Badara Joof, the minister for Higher Education Research Science and Technology, said this is the sort of development this government has in mind since coming into office, noting that higher education especially in the areas of science and technology is the way forward.
Minister Joof said the society wants instant change but “such a development is a step taken to initiate change”
Mr. Joof highlighted the significant role education can play in persuading young Gambians from embarking on the risky and deadly journey to Europe in search of so-called greener pasture.
He tasked the graduating students to apply the knowledge gained, saying it is useless if their knowledge do not impact on ordinary Gambians most especially rural Gambia, where the need for such knowledge is needed.
Ya Jabou Sanyanng, the best student in Computer Science, in her vote of thanks tasked her graduating colleagues to give back to the society.
Though she promised not to be gender imbalanced in her statement, YaJabou said, “we (the 8 graduating females) hope to be an inspiration and guide to all the girls in the country who want to follow our footsteps”
The students benefited from African Center of Excellence (ACE) project a World Bank initiative that support universities in Central and West Africa and small countries to build their capacities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
The Gambia chapter has awarded Masters and Doctorate to student whose training was conducted by Gaston Berger University.