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AIUWA graduates 203 medical students, others amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Jun 1, 2020, 12:05 PM | Article By: Pa Modou Cham

A total of 203 students in different fields including medicine, pharmacy, general nursing and nursing anesthesia have graduated from the  American International University West Africa (AIUWA) via online due to coronavirus pandemic.

Chancellor and founding president, Dinesh Shukla, congratulated the graduating students for what he described as well-deserved achievements. "The class of 2020 is unique. Earlier this year, coronavirus pandemic has created global crisis resulting in closure of countries, borders, airlines, shops, institutions and schools and universities."

American International University West Africa is a registered and approved institution of higher education by Ministry of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology and Ministry of Health and Social Welfare.

On 7 December 2016 in Mauritius, the University was awarded with African Education Leadership Award during the 6th Africa Education Leadership Awards. The Africa Education Leadership Awards is run and managed virtually by professionals who have full time jobs but are united by a common passion of making a difference in Africa.

In an online address, Mr Shukla praised the graduates, telling them that despite the difficult time, they have all strived and completed their course work successfully. "You shall now be transiting to the next phase of your lives and I can assure you that the next phase will not only be challenging but exiting as well."

He said covid-19 era commands new ways of life and work and he is certain that with the graduates’ education, dedication and trainings, the challenges in the coming times shall be met successfully.

Mr Shukla thanked the government of The Gambia and the Ministry of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology for their unflinching support and guidance which has enabled the university to achieve its progress.

Vice chancellor, Dr Makie Taal said the graduation is made possible by the exceptional work and commitment by the university faculty and administration members and the diligence, hard work and fine achievements of every student in the class of 2020. "Each member from the class of 2020 had excelled in exceptional and resilient ways," he said.

He told the graduates that they have fulfilled all the requirements to be graduated and designated as professionals in their areas of concentration.

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