PRESIDES OVER THE SECOND CONVOCATION OF THE UNIVERSITY OF
10th December 2005:
The President Alhaji Yahya Jammeh Saturday presided over the second
convocation of the University of the Gambia.
The ceremony held at the Independence stadium and was attended
by students, senior government officials and members of the diplomatic
Two hundred and sixty two students graduated after completing
a four year degree programme in various fields. In his convocation
address, the President who is also the Chancellor of the University
said his government is committed to the development of education
and would continue to provide funds to the University of the Gambia.
The Gambian leader disclosed that government has allocated a site
in Faraba Banta for the construction of a University campus. He
also appealed to Gambians to put aside their differences and skepticism
and support the development of the University of the Gambia.
President Jammeh urged management to continue the reform work
at the University and assured them of his government full support.
Dr Jammeh advised the graduating students to strive hard to contribute
to the development of their families and nation.
The Gambian leader commended the government of Cuba, Taiwan, Nigeria,
World Bank and the Saint Mary's University in Halifax, Canada for
their immense contribution to the development of University education
in the Gambia.
The Secretary of State for education, Fatou Lamin Faye said the
courses offered by the University are relevant to the needs of the
The Chairman of the governing council of the University Abdoulie
Touray thanked President Jammeh for his passion and dynamism in
supporting the University.
In his speech, the Vice Chancellor of the University professor
Andreas Ludvig Steign advised students that honesty should always
be their guiding tool as they enter the wider world. He thanked
the staff and donors of the hard work and contributions to the success
of the convocation.
The Vice President Aja Isatou Njie Saidy and Dr. Kenneth Ozmond
from the Saint Mary's University were also confered honorary doctorate
degrees of human resource development and L.L.D respectively.