The Gambia Appeals For Scholarships For Its Citizens To Pursue Higher Studies In Nigerian Universities

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The Gambia has officially reached out to seek support in the form of scholarships for its students aiming to undertake postgraduate studies in Nigerian universities. In a courteous meeting with Chris Maiyaki, the acting Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Prof. Pierre Gomez, the Minister of Higher Education, Research, Science, and Technology for The Gambia, articulated this request.

Prof. Gomez conveyed his gratitude for the integral role Nigerians have played in shaping the educational landscape of his nation; noting that numerous key positions, including that of the vice chancellor, are occupied by Nigerian professionals.

Commending the quality of Nigerian universities, Prof. Gomez underscored the substantial contributions made by Gambian postgraduate students who have previously engaged in the World Bank-sponsored African Centre of Excellence (ACE) initiatives in Nigeria. He highlighted The Gambia’s specific interest in securing scholarships for postgraduate studies in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

He stated that, “given the strong connections between Banjul and Abuja, we are here to request assistance in establishing scholarships to facilitate postgraduate studies in various disciplines, with a particular emphasis on STEM.”

Responding to the appeal, Chris Maiyaki, accompanied by other commission directors, assured Prof. Gomez of Nigeria’s commitment to support; reaffirming its role as a guiding presence despite the challenges it faces. He expressed his contentment that this visit coincided with the recent introduction of the Core Curriculum Minimum Academic Standards (CCMAS) within Nigeria’s university system.

Maiyaki also pointed out that Nigeria has expanded its higher education landscape to welcome international participants through the educational framework put in place by NUC.

Addressing the scholarship request, Maiyaki advised Prof. Gomez to formally submit detailed proposals specifying the programs and universities of interest. He highlighted NUC’s encouragement of collaborative research efforts between scholars from both nations to collectively address mutual challenges. Moreover, Maiyaki divulged that the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has formulated a plan to attract approximately 500 Gambian students to Nigerian universities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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