Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) has brought Intellectual Property
(IP) education to the University of The Gambia (UTG), where it will be lectured
in all faculties as part of its core mandates and inspired responsibility to
promote and protect creativity and innovation related matters globally.
The development followed recommendations made at the end of a three-day national symposium on IP education which was organised by WIPO in collaboration with the Attorney General Chambers and Ministry of Justice, through its IP office and the UTG which was held from 15th -17th April 2019.
The seminar brought together students and lecturers from various faculties of UTG and other stakeholders in the promotion and protection of creative industries at both local and international levels such as the National Centre for Arts and Culture, Copyright Office of The Gambia, Custom Officials and The Gambia Police Force IP unit among others.
During the symposium, presentations were made on building intellectual property for innovation and creativity, the role of government and private sector in supporting Intellectual Property (IP) education, training and research nationally, the importance of teaching Intellectual Property (IP) and human resource development in IP among others.
Recommendations were also made for extending IP education to other educational systems as low as basic circles, junior and senior secondary schools, inspired by the need to catch them young in the world of creativity and innovation. This is expected to make them job creators instead of job seekers, through various enterprise skills linked with having creative and innovative minds.
Martha Chikowore- counsellor of academic institutions and executive programme at WIPO Academy expressed the need to enhance IP teaching and learning in all faculties of UTG and made reference to the joint IP master’s degree programmes offered by WIPO academy and other universities across the world.
Madam Chikowore urged participants to come up with proposals and recommendations for effective IP use in at the UTG and beyond.
Quest speaker Hassoum Ceesay, who is the acting director of National Center for Arts and Culture described the event as timely and important, cognizant of the importance of IP towards achieving sustainable objectives of any given country, including The Gambia.