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: Universitatis Gambia
Motto in English
Knowledge Truth Development
Type Public
Established 1999
Chancellor President Yahya Jammeh[1]

Prof. Donald E.U Ekong
(first Vice-Chancellor as of October 1999)

Prof. Andreas Ludvig Steign
(Vice-Chancellor as of 2005)[2]

Prof. Muhammadou M.O. Kah
(third Vice-Chancellor as of May 2009)
Academic staff
44 (in 2002)
Students 2 000 approx (in March 2006)[3]
Location Sere Kunda, The Gambia
Campus Kal Jawara Memorial Block (MDI), Kanifing South, Sere Kunda)

Royal Victoria Teaching Hospital (Banjul)

Gambia College (Brikama)
Affiliations St. Mary's College of Maryland[4]
Alliance française[5]
Saint Mary's University (Halifax)[6]

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


The campus is reported to have been 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.[7] 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.[8] The Gambian government has planned to create a new campus at Faraba Banta.[9]


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)[10] :

  • School of Agriculture and Environment Sciences
  • School of Arts and Sciences
  • School of Business and Public Administration
  • School of Education
  • Faculty of Law
  • 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[11] :

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

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." [16]

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