UTG Orients 900 New Students, Journalism Gets Only 7 Learners
On Monday, the University of The Gambia conducted an orientation of 900 new students for the academic year 2021 to 2025. However, out of the 900 students, only 7 new students were inducted into journalism and digital media.
Professor Pierre Gomez, The Acting Vice-Chancellor of The University, said in 2020, the enrollment of students rose to 6950 with over 500 staff.
“UTG has increased in leaps and bounds, and it will spread her graduates across the globe contributing to the global Sustainable Development goals.”
Professor Gomez added that the commitment of the University of The Gambia to quality education encompasses all aspects of the academic, personal, and professional development of its students and staff, with particular emphasis on excellence, competence, knowledge, and communication skills.
Acting Vice-Chancellor told the new students that once they are enrolled and matriculated into UTG, they have become “newborn babies” at the university carrying its DNA. “We embedded the DNA of the university in “Truth, Knowledge, and Development.”
“You must be seen anywhere and anytime to have these traits in you. Thus, your personal development is embedded in how much you take your academics seriously.”
He advises students to make the first-class begin on their first day at the university. And must plan their time and schedules right from the beginning.
Ousman Jassey, the President of The University of The Gambia Student union, told the new students that they will join the wagon of generations of professionals that are going to change this country and Africa, and the globe.
“You need not be a graduate of Oxford, but you only need to be a graduate and complete student from the University of The Gambia.”
Currently, there are nine schools and one faculty in the university.
Acting VC Gomez revealed that the university would move to its permanent site in Faraba Banta in 2021. “For the information of this august body, by a projection of The Gambia government.”
He added that the movement would surely give more room for expansion, and possibly for the first time in the university’s history, there will be campus residency that this cohort of students will enjoy before graduation.
The University of The Gambia was established by an Act of the Gambia National Assembly in March 1999. The enactment, which was a bold step to fulfill a long-standing desire of the people of The Gambia and to respond to several years of advocacy both within and outside the country for a university, ended years of indecision on the university question.
The university took- off in March 1999; UTG offered courses, following a law passed by the National Assembly of the Gambia with 300 students enrolled.
As of 2002, the number of academic staff was 44, and in 2006, the number of enrolment rose to 2000 students.