The President of The Republic of The Gambia has officially appointed former Deputy Vice Chancellor-Academic of the University of The Gambia as the new Minister of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology of The Republic of The Gambia.

Honorable, Pierre Gomez obtained his Bachelor’s of Arts degree in English and French at Cheikh Anta Diop University, Dakar in 1998. From there, he proceeded to the University of Besançon (France) for his Advanced Diploma in Education (Distinction) and then University of Limoges (France) for his Master of Arts (Distinction), Master of Philosophy (Distinction), and PhD (Distinction) in Comparative Literature (1999 – 2005). He did part of his doctoral research at Fourah Bay College (University of Sierra Leone) and SOAS (University of London, UK). He has served on several occasions as visiting lecturer to different universities such as Limoges (France), Linnaeus (Sweden), St Mary’s College of Maryland (USA), and Gaston Berger of St Louis (Senegal). He did a study tour in some Scandinavian universities: Finland (Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences, Turku University of Applied Sciences, University of Turku, Finland University, Aboa Mare Maritime Academy and Training Center), Norway (Institute for Public Health, NORHED -The Norwegian Programme for Capacity Development in Higher Education and Research for Development) and Sweden (Malmö University, Lund University, Raoul Wallenberg Institute, Stockholm University, SIDA – Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Uppsala University, The Nordic Africa Institute).

Hon. Gomez served the University of The Gambia in different capacities as both Lecturer and Administrator. For ten (10) years he served as the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences where he was awarded three consecutive times The Best Dean of the Year Award. Until he was appointed the Honourable Minister for MoHERST Hon. Gomez was the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic at the University of The Gambia.

The new MoHERST Minister, Hon. Pierre Gomez in 2018, received training in Higher Education Management at Zhejiang Normal University, Jinhua, China, and later proceeded to Limoges University (France) for a fellowship in the same area.

Honorable Gomez is a Professor of Comparative Literature and he once served as the Ag. Vice-Chancellor at The University of The Gambia.

From 2020 to the 4th of May 2022, Prof. Pierre Gomez has been the Deputy Vice Chancellor-Academic of The University of The Gambia. Hon. Pierre Gomez is admired by both students and staff and is seen to be a man of integrity, with patriotism, dedication, and service to the Nation.

Hon. Gomez is not only intellectually inclined but also an empathic frontrunner. He is a leader who loves to uplift others by always trying to motivate them. At UTG, he has spearheaded the promotion of so many staff both on the Admin and Academic sides.

The University of The Gambia community under the dynamic leadership of Prof. Dr. Herbert Robinson wishes to congratulate the newly appointed Minister of Higher Education, Research, Science & Technology of The Republic of The Gambia, Honorable Pierre Gomez on his new assignment!

The University of The Gambia has a very cordial working relationship with MoHERST as its line Ministry, with its new leadership under Hon. Pierre Gomez, we will reaffirm our commitment and dedication to continue working with the Ministry in promoting National Development through Higher Education.