The University of The Gambia (UTG) has commenced a three-day training on Internal Quality Assurance and study programme development for Gambia higher education institutions.
In his opening statement, Prof. Pierre Gomez, the acting Vice Chancellor of the UTG, welcomed the participants who are drawn from various tertiary educations in the country to what he described as an important training.
“Quality Assurance occupies an integral position and plays an indispensable role in the advancement of and provision of quality service delivery” said Prof. Gomez.
He challenged the participants to utilise this opportunity by actively taking part throughout the training and effectively engaging the trainers to get the best of them.
Prof. Kayode, acting Director of Planning and Quality Assurance, explained that the training is part of the dialogue on Innovative Higher Education Strategy (DIES) programmes. “ It aims at strengthening higher education management structures in developing countries,” the professor disclosed.
Representatives from UTG, the Gambia College, Management Development Institute, Gambia Technical Training Institute, Gambia Tourism and Hospitality Management Institute, International Open University and the American International University- West Africa are attending the training.
Dr. Gibril Jaw, CEO of the National Accreditation and Quality Assurance Authority (NAQAA) while speaking at the opening ceremony, highlighted that quality should be at the heart of service delivery. He went further to explain that quality is meeting customer expectation and regulatory requirements.
The training is expected to culminate in a series of presentations by the participants on areas of quality assurance they will implement in their respective institutions.