18 December 2012

Gambia: UTG Holds Virtual Convocation Ceremony

The University of The Gambia (UTG) last Friday held a Virtual Convocation ceremony for the first batch of graduands in the Masters in Business Administration programme.

The graduation of seven graduates of Amity University Uttar Pradesh Virtual Convocation-class of 2012 included two females and five men.

The forum, which marked the completion of a two-year course programme of E-learning, was held at the Distance Learning Lab in Kanifing.

The seven graduates were part of the 871 students who graduated at the Amity University of India through the Pan-African E-Network project, which is an African Union and Government of India initiative implemented by Telecommunications India Limited.

The project is a sub-regional project with twenty universities across the regions.

Speaking at the graduation, Professor Muhamadou Kah,vice councillor of the University of The Gambia, hailed the project engineerofthe TCIL from the Government of India, Dr Ashok NagarajuDasaji, who was responsible for the distance learning technology in ensuring that technically the graduates don't have major problem during their class lessons.

Professor Kah said the partnership between the University of The Gambia and Amity University will be extended for the next two years.

According to him, partnership like the one with African Virtual University, which in few weeks' time will be coming to The Gambia, is a funded project by the African Development Bank and the University of The Gambia. This will further help The Gambia to expand the E- learning infrastructure of the University of The Gambia, he said.

He told the graduands that they are pioneers who have stepped into the future where many doubted and were skeptical.

"You have done it well and I will say continue and continue," he said.

"Now you have got your masters, go back to work and stand soldier by soldier with anybody who has a Master's degree and let them not make you feel you are less Master's degree holders and you can only do that by showing the competence and skills that you have acquired," Professor Kah said.

He also told the gathering that there is a digital campus at the University of The Gambia, which offers Master's and PhD programmes.

Professor Kah said he was delighted at the initiative of E-learning, which is an important component of the university.

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