By Fatoumata Joof
Information Officer, MoHERST
Officials from the Regional Maritime University in Ghana, West Africa, recently visited Gambia’s Higher Education Ministry and were received in audience by the Deputy Permanent Secretary (Admin & Finance) of the Ministry of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology, MrDemba S. Bah on behalf of the Higher Education Minister, Professor Pierre Gomez and Permanent Secretary.
The delegation comprised Dr Jethro W. Brooks Jnr, Ag. Vice Chancellor Dr Stephen AfenyoDehlor, Deputy Registrar, Academic Mr. Jones Addai-Marfo and Academic Registrar MrSalifu Jobe.
The purpose of the meeting was to pay a courtesy call on Gambia’s Minister for Higher Education and also to thank him for gracing the University’s Graduation Ceremony in June 2023, and to provide information on available opportunities for Gambians interested in pursuing their educational careers in RMU.
High on the issues raised by the delegation include the sensitization of Gambians on pursuing programmes at the university and recognition of the university as a Gambian university. The delegation highlighted that the programmes RMU offers range from Diploma to Postgraduate including academic, engineering, and vocational, scholarship opportunities or financial assistance for students, and job opportunities available as a graduate most especially under the vocational programmes.
In attendance was the Deputy Permanent Secretary Technical, Mr Mucktarr M.Y Darboe, and the Director of Tertiary and Higher Education, Mr Anthony G. Mendy who both spoke at length on the significance of the RMU study programs to the Gambia as it includes study courses on fisheries.
Director Mendy informed the visiting delegation that MoHERST is working towards establishing a Fisheries TVET Centre and would need RMU to provide an avenue for training of trainers and mentorship of the new TVET Centre.
In conclusion, DPS Darboe recommended that a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in the various areas of cooperation between the Ministry and RMU, is required to expedite the realization of the cooperation and interest.