University of The Gambia and University of Vrije in Brussels, have recently
signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that encompasses a range of mutual
benefit programmes for both institutions from capacity building to academic
The signing ceremony was held at the Peace Building, Law Faculty University of The Gambia, along MDI road in Kanifing.
The programme director of the Multi-lingual Master and president of the Commission of International Relations Faculty of Arts and Philosophy at the University of Brussels, Prof. Dr. Ann Peeters emphasised that the students’ council will visit The Gambia soon in order to prepare an important EU capacity building project, aimed at bringing students together to share experience.
“We hope to bring students to visit the Smiling Coast of Africa”.
She expressed with delight to partner with the University of The Gambia in many important areas such as capacity building, exchange visit programmes and other mutual benefit areas.
“We would like to start this friendship with a gift in order to help the students of the University of The Gambia the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills in a very possible environment. We would also like to organise a summer school classes in both the Universities,” she said.
The vice chancellor of the University of The Gambia, Prof. Muhammed Faqir Anjum, thanked Mr. Jimmy Hendry for being instrumental in linking the two institutions, recalling that the University of The Gambia was established in 1999 and still they are faced with some difficulties.
“We are sharing campus with MDI and The Gambia College. So we have minimum space and logistics are our problems. We are still looking for partners to help us achieve our goals. The university lacks infrastructures and our aims are to help bring development in the university. The University of Vrije in Brussels earlier on donated 21-computers for our IT Department, which we really appreciate.”
He described this latest development as great opportunity for UTG, owing it to the fact that Vrije University in Brussels is among the biggest universities in Europe.
“We will make so that we foster our relationship in order to achieve our common goals.”
The operation officer of the University of The Gambia, Jimmy Hendry Nzally, thanked Dr. Ann for the move, saying knowledge and ideal should not be submitted to anything other than the facts.
“With this MoU both universities will have equal and mutual benefits and probably by January or February, we will start our students exchange programme in order to develop our capacities. We will also soon start the student online learning, geared towards building the capacities of our students.”