University of the Gambia

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Coordinates: 13°27′26″N 16°41′08″W / 13.45722222°N 16.68555556°W / 13.45722222; -16.68555556

The University of the Gambia
Logo of UTG.gif
Latin: Universities in the Gambia
Motto in English
Knowledge Truth Development
ChancellorPresident Adama Barrow[1]
Vice-ChancellorProf. Dr Faqir Muhammad Anjum
Academic staff
313 (2017)
Students6000 approx (in September 2017)[2]
CampusKal Jawara Memorial Block (MDI), Kanifing South, Sere Kunda)

Royal Victoria Teaching Hospital (Banjul)

Gambia College (Brikama)
AffiliationsSt. Mary's College of Maryland[3]
Alliance française[4]
Saint Mary's University (Halifax)[5]

The University of the Gambia (UTG) is an institution of higher education located in Sere Kunda, the largest city in the Gambia.


The campus was founded in 1998 in Kotu-Kanifing, a suburb of Sere Kunda. It was not until March 1999 that the UTG started to offer courses, following a law passed by the National Assembly of the Gambia.[6] In 1999, 300 students are reported to have been enrolled. As of 2002, the number of academic staff was 44. In 2006, nearly 2000 students were enrolled.[7] The Gambian government has planned to create a new campus at Faraba Banta.[8]


A signpost at Kairaba Avenue in Latrikunda (a suburb of Sere Kunda) directing to the University.

The UTG is composed of several schools (or faculties)[9] :

  • School of Agriculture and Environment Sciences, Brikama
  • School of Arts and Sciences, Faraba
  • School of Business and Public Administration
  • School of Education
  • Faculty of Law
  • School of Journalism and Digital Media, Kanifing
  • School of Engineering and Architecture
  • School of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences
  • School of Information Technology and Communications
  • School of Graduate Studies and Research
  • UTG Digital Campus
  • UTG North Bank Campus, Farafenni


The qualifications that can be attained include[10] :

  • Bachelor in Education
  • Bachelor of Arts in Christian Religious Studies
  • Bachelor of Law (LLB)
  • Bachelor of Medicine / Surgery (MBChB)
  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting
  • Bachelor of Science in Agriculture
  • Bachelor of Science in Biology
  • Bachelor of Science in Chemistry
  • Bachelor of Science in Communications & Media
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Economics
  • Bachelor of Science in Environment Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Information Systems
  • Bachelor of Science in Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Midwifery
  • Bachelor of Science in Physics
  • Bachelor of Science in Political Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Public Health
  • Bachelor of Science in Software Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Telecommunications & Wireless Technologies
  • Master of Arts in African History
  • Master of Arts in French
  • Master of Law (LLM)[11]
  • Master of Science in Climate Change and Education (WASCAL Master Research Program)[12]
  • Master of Science in Public Health

Academic staff[edit]

Notable past and present lecturers at the UTG include the following:

Role in public health[edit]

On October 11, 2012, it was reported that the university has started two master's degree programs in public health in collaboration with the University of Illinois at Springfield and the University of Iowa. According to Vaccine News Daily: "Rex Kuye, the head of the public health department, said that the two programs were conceived of locally to address growing health concerns in the Gambia. The Gambia has made many public health strides in the last two decades. The nation was certified as polio free in 2004 and has had no confirmed polio cases since that time. The success in the battle against polio resulted from high political commitment and routine polio immunization coverage of more than 90 percent since 1990, according to the Foroyaa Newspaper."[17]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ State House, Gambia
  2. ^ (in French) Partenariats Universitaires en Coopération et Développement Première université en Gambie Archived 2012-04-17 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ St. Mary's College of Maryland Archived 2013-01-09 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ The Point Newspaper "Alliance Franco Gambienne: The Mother of French Learning
  5. ^ State House, Gambia
  6. ^ "UTG". Archived from the original on 2012-02-11. Retrieved 2012-03-03.
  7. ^ (in French) Partenariats Universitaires en Coopération et Développement Première université en Gambie Archived 2012-04-17 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ State House, Gambia
  9. ^ "UTG". Archived from the original on 2012-02-11. Retrieved 2012-03-03.
  10. ^ "UTG Program of Studies". Archived from the original on 2012-02-11. Retrieved 2012-03-03.
  11. ^ "Faculty of Law". UTG Law Faculty. 2019. Retrieved 18 August 2019.
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-11-19. Retrieved 2015-11-19.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  13. ^ Foroyaa : Alhaji A.E. Cham Joof's exclusive interview with Foroyaa Panorama Archived 2011-10-03 at the Wayback Machine
  14. ^ "Africa: Musu Bakoto Sawo Emerges 2020 Daily Trust African of the Year". Daily Trust. 17 January 2021. Retrieved January 17, 2021.
  15. ^ GDN Working Paper Series. Micro-Financing as a Means of Reducing Extreme Poverty: The Case of Senegal and the Gambia. By Aloysius Ajab Amin and Tharcisse Ntilivamunda. (October 2009). p iii (p 3) [1] and Mr Sillah's C.V. (see also UTG Faculty [2]
  16. ^ Gillen, Ebrima (April 3, 2014). "Dr. Saja Taal Passes Away". The Point. Retrieved April 15, 2014.
  17. ^ Paul Tinder, "University of The Gambia launches public health masters programs", Vaccine News Daily, 11 Oct 2012

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