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Saint Mary’s College of Maryland, UTG mark US Independence

Jul 11, 2012, 12:58 PM | Article By: Njie Baldeh

As part of the US Independence Day celebrations, the University of The Gambia (UTG), in collaboration with Saint Mary’s College of Maryland, recently organised a reception to mark the day in The Gambia.

Held at the Paradise Suites Hotel, the reception brought together senior officials from the US embassy in Banjul, government officials and visiting Saint Mary’s College of Maryland officials.

In his welcome address, Bill Roberts, administrator of Promoting Education and Cultural Exchange (PEACE), said the US would continue promoting peace and stability in the world, a cause he said they are very much committed to.

He used the opportunity to thank the University of The Gambia for the good partnership with Saint Mary College of Maryland.

He said the reception was organised by Saint Mary’s College of Maryland through its educational and cultural exchange programme in The Gambia to strengthen the already existing collaboration it has with the UTG and to celebrate America’s Independence Day.

As part of the event, the UTG was awarded, which was received by Professor Mahamadou Kah, vice chancellor of the UTG.

“We are very honoured to receive this wonderful award,” he said, adding: “We are beneficiaries of the United States, especially in the education sector.”

He said that most of the students in Saint Mary and The Gambia will have the chance to visit the beautiful campus in Maryland. “This is one of our most successful collaboration and we have a collaboration of many universities around the world but this one is real,” he said.

He said the Chancellor of the University of The Gambia has received a lot of honors from the University of Maryland.

Mrs Yamai Secka Jack, Coordinator, Peace Corps, said she was happy because one of her objectives was to build branches between people from different parts of the world through culture, education and peace.