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Published On: Tue, May 16th, 2023

Higher Education Ministry Signs MoUs With Turkish Higher Education Commission

The Ministry of Higher Education, Research Science and Technology recently signed a memorandum of understandings with the Higher Education Commission (YOK) of the Republic of Turkey. The ceremony was effected during the Honorable Minister’s visit to the Republic of Turkiye.

The agreement was made at the Turkish Higher Education Mission office. However, more agreements are expected to be signed between these institutions and the University of Applied Science Engineering and Technology (USET).

The Minister’s visit brought about concrete agreements centered on scholarships and partnerships that will help address the skills and capacity gaps, likewise respond to the tertiary and higher education transformation agenda that MoHERST is spearheading in line with the development aspirations of the Gambia.

According to Professor Pierre Gomez, the Minister of Higher Education, Research Science and Technology, the areas of collaboration between the institutions involved capacity building, training of faculty staff of universities from the Gambia, especially at masters and PhD in relevant areas.

He said this will include training in the Fisheries and Agribusiness disciplines in preparation in establishing TVET centers in these areas. He noted that offers were also made in biotechnology and the physical and natural sciences.

This he informed, includes joint and collaborative research work, particularly in the aquatic sciences, academic exchange programs, sharing of journal resources with the Gambia’s academic community.

He continued that to support in setting out science labs for UTG, there will also be support for USET providing relevant information and expertise regarding setting up an   innovation and entrepreneurship lab, including details on designs and equipment requirements and the innovation and entrepreneurship hub.

Minister Gomez informed that ten scholarships will be awarded to Gambians in Masters and PhD in fisheries and engineering.

He advanced that the agreements reached and the scholarships secured will be pursued by a proposed technical committee through the supervision of MoHERST, YOK, TIKA and the follow-up and liaison activities of the Gambian Embassy in Turkiye

Through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, MoHERST commended the Gambian Embassy in Turkiye for their professional facilitation and support.

He thanked the Universities and collaborating institutions through the Turkiye Embassy in in the Gambia with appreciations to the Higher Education Commission (YOK) and TIKA for their ongoing support to the Ministry.

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