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Taiwanese Embassy donates US$7000 to UTG

Oct 21, 2011, 1:37 PM | Article By: Nfamara Jawneh

The Embassy of the Republic of China on Taiwan on Thursday presented a cheque for US$7000 to the University of The Gambia (UTG).

The money forms part of the embassy’s annual scholarship package to sponsor ten needy and deserving university students. 

The cheque was received by the Vice-Chancellor of the UTG, Professor Muhammadou Kah, who in turn handed it over to UTG Director of Finance, Kwadwo Ofosuheme.

In presenting the cheque at a ceremony held at the embassy’s conference hall in Bakau, Richard Shih the Taiwanese ambassador to The Gambia expressed his admiration of the progressive trends at the UTG.

The Embassy Scholarship, according to ambassador Shih, is a special fund initiated by his mission from their resources for internal expenditure.

In presenting the cheque, in the presence of the beneficiary students and members of the UTG’s top cadre, the Taiwanese diplomat encouraged the students to make the best use of their scholarships.

He said they are happy to maintain the tradition of sponsoring needy and deserving UTG students.

“I’m happy to maintain my commitment last year to keep sponsoring students at UTG. Last year, it was $6000 and this year we decided to increase it to $7000,” ambassador Shih said.

He urged the beneficiaries to study hard to enable them have further scholarship to study in Taiwan for their graduate studies.

In acknowledging the cheque, UTG vice-chancellor Kah expressed delight at the gesture.

He said the students are coming from very humble family backgrounds with financial constraints.

“We appreciate your gesture in helping our students; it would go a long way in helping the university,” he said.

He said that the contribution of Taiwan to UTG and the Gambia’s development endeavours in general is immense.

“We consider you as part of the university,” said Vice Chancellor Kah.

He also hailed the Taiwanese embassy for the donation, and urged other missions and entities to emulate the gesture.

According to him, UTG is providing high quality education in all disciplines offered at the country’s higher institution of learning.

Kah noted that UTG tuition fees are very low compared to other universities, but notwithstanding most of their students find it difficult to have their fees paid.

Mrs Aminata Njie, Director of Financial Aid at the UTG, in her vote of thanks, also thanked the embassy for making it possible for needy Gambian students to have access to higher education.

Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, Nfamara Dampha said without this kind of intervention, some of them would find it difficult to continue furthering their education at the UTG.

Ansumana Darboe, Director of University Affairs, chaired the ceremony and recognized the contribution of Taiwan to the socio-economic development of The Gambia.