Jan 28, 2010, 2:46 PM
After undergoing four-year special Information Technology (IT) elite undergraduate programme at the Taiwan National Taipei University of Technology in Taiwan, twenty-five Gambian students recently returned home.
A special television programme was organised to welcome the graduates at the Gambia Radio and Television Services (GRTS) studios along the MDI Road in Kanifing.
Speaking at the welcoming programme, Alhaji Cham Minister of Information and Communication Infrastructure, congratulated the graduates for their successful completion of the programme.
He expressed hope that the students would contribute with their expertise to national development. The idea, he said, was borne out of President Jammeh’s vision to make The Gambia a Silicon Valley of Africa.
IT, he said, has become a leading tool for rapid development by all nations.
For his part, the Ambassador of the Republic f China on Taiwan H.E Richard Shih said he believes that the graduates are well prepared to contribute to the country’s development.
He further stated that despite the competitiveness of education in Taiwan the graduates have done extremely well during their four-year course.
He revealed that currently there are about 200 Gambian students pursuing various courses in different universities and colleges in Taiwan. He promised that the number will surely increase.
He said the performance of Gambian students in Taiwanese universities has always been impressive.
Ambassador Shih described The Gambia as a good friend of Taiwan thus stressing that the two countries share many things in common.
The chief Taiwanese diplomat congratulated the graduates for their achievement and assured that the ties between Gambian and Taiwan will move from strength to strength.
Also speaking, Yusupha Touray, the director of Research and Planning at the Ministry of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology, expressed his Ministry’s delight at the coming of the students. Mr Touray said that human capital and development are vital tools to the development of any nation.In her vote of thanks on behalf of the graduates, Amie B. Jammeh, a graduate thanked President Yahya Jammeh and President Ma Ying-jeou for initiating the programme.