Nov 8, 2016, 10:01 AM
American International University West Africa (AIU), a private medical university in The Gambia, clocked one year in operation January this year.
According to officials of the AIU, the university will this year introduce two new programs in medical and health professional fields.
The two additional programs will bring the total number of the university’s major study programs to eight.
The AIU Health Science Centre consists of 5 colleges, the
“AIU Health Science Centre colleges provide medical and health programs based on curricula recommended by the respective
“Cost-effective and World-Class medical education is available to qualified and motivated students directly after High School. This year the university will start clinical, biological and micro-biology lab which will be made available even to the local people to get work done.”
He said the
According to him, in just a year’s operation they have achieved something great. After starting with a handful of students, last year, this year more than 100 students from nine different countries have joined the university, he said, adding: “We have recruited more facility to cater for our students.
“When we started we have three programs - medical, dental and pharmacy; we realised that there was need for the establishment of more programs in different heath fields to cater for more capacity building in the country. We started nursing program with specialization in areas like anaesthetics, psychiatric and others.”
Dr Shukla remarked: “
“Located in the beautiful country of The Gambia in West Africa,
According to the president of the AIU, his university
Dilating on the entry to the university, Dr Shukla added: “Admission to the five colleges is open to students who have successfully completed High School. The clinical experience is imparted at various medical institutions and clinics in The Gambia.”
“We have one additional program, which is health professional program which is training of students in medical laboratory technicians, clinical technicians, microbiology, and haematology. We are working on putting up different programs to meet the needs of health professionals required to provide the right services to the people.”
“One year we have achieved not only the growth of students and faculty but the growth of different programs and fields,” he also said, noting: “This year we will be building our new campus to house different faculties to begin in May or June depending on when government allocate the land.”
The AIU offers curricula patterned after the
“Traditional education is being imparted by professor being there teaching and talking; technology has changed a lot with that and all education institutions are slowly changing over, instead of adopting one method of teaching by traditional professor.”
Addressing the students at the ceremony, Hon. Esther John Audu, Nigerian High Commissioner to The Gambia, whose country also have students at the AIU, said the university can be measured up with any other universities in the
“The environment is conducive, make the best use of the facilities at your disposal. The ball is in your court; you have everything you need. Since you are from different countries, know why you here and do not go back empty, you will be trained as professionals,” she said.
Dr Adebola T. Olayinka, lecturer at