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Published On: Wed, Nov 16th, 2022

Gambia HostsThe 8th Regional Workshop Of ACE Impact Project

H.E President Adama Barrow on Tuesday 15th November officially opens the 8th Regional Workshop of the ACE Impact Project at the Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara International Conference Center Gambia in Bijilo.

In his speech, the President highlighted that the Workshop is organized at a time when the Government of The Gambia is making concerted efforts to transform the higher education system through reforms that put youth at the forefront of National Development.

The President added that specific to the ACE Project, The Gambia is working towards establishing a full-fledged centre of Excellence in science, technology and engineering for entrepreneurship

“It is gratifying and quite reassuring that, already, USET has enrolled two cohorts of students in electrical, electronics, civil, and mechanical engineering. Entrepreneurship training is an integral part of the curriculum in each of these disciplines and the ongoing PhD training and mentorship of Gambians, which is part of the project, is a step in the right direction. Among other things, it ensures sustainability of the much desired administrative and leadership roles that USET has to fulfil.”- H.E Adama Barrow

Secretary General of the Association of Africa Universities, Prof. Olusola Oyewola extend a special gratitude to the president, The Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology, honorable Professor Gomez and the Gambian Government for hosting the regional workshop and steering committee meeting for the African higher education to the centers of excellence project.

He also outlined that he has been dedicated to ensuring that the development of entrepreneurship and innovation liberal as this indicator has made commendable progress in designing and implementing interventions that address the needs of sectors and students consistent with the sector analysis possible to the private sector in Africa and that the centers are being encouraged to develop facility develop sector and seed programs.

“we must bear in mind that at the end of stimulating innovation, and creativity that will contribute to the future of new varieties of goods and services, as well as crops and energy that can create millions of jobs. Speed progress towards reducing the resilience of economic insecurity, fighting disease pandemic.”  Prof. Olusola Oyewola added.

Mrs Feyi Boroffice, Resident Representative,The GambiaWorld Bank, also spoke during the event and stated that the ACE Impact Project is the bedrock of social and economic growth.  That Building a stronger higher education sector is not only key for Africa’s development, but it is a worthwhile to invest in human capital. As she said, if it’s done right, investment in skills development at the pre tertiary and tertiary levels, and capacity building in research, will have the potential to yield tremendous development benefits across various sectors and to live not only individuals but entire nations out of poverty.

Ministry of Higher Education,Research Science and Technology, Prof. Pierre Gomez, also said that this meeting symbolizes decisions to address challenges through education and decisions to compete in the global market research and innovation.

“Together Such a project, we can develop academic and research ability for security concerns that have been stifling respective economies, for so long.” Prof. Gomez stated.

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