EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, The Gambia: University of The Gambia (UTG) will host the Association of West African Universities (AWAU) international conference this September, UTG Management revealed at a press briefing on Friday.
On January 10, 2011, at the University of Ilorin, Nigeria, the Vice Chancellors and principal Officers of Universities across the West Africa Sub-region met to deliberate on the state of education in the region, where they observed that Education remains the bedrock of development across the West Africa sub-region and should therefore be rigorously pursued.
They also observed that West Africa universities have great roles to play in ensuring that education is truly functional in the sub-region, especially for the development of the countries, leading to the creation of AWAU.
The region’s university authorities also agreed at the Nigeria meeting that no individual University in the Sub-region could achieve the goal of making education functional without collaborating with other Universities.
Speaking at the press briefing at the UTG Peace building conference hall head of the conference, vice chancellor Professor Fakir Ahmed Anjum explained his management’s commitment and dedication in ensuring the successful hosting of the conference in September.
Professor Abddullahi Bala, chairman of AWAU Anglophone, who also doubles as Vice Chancellor of the Federal University of Technology in Mina, Nigeria said AWAU was established in 2011 to serve as a platform for heads of higher institutions in West African Sub-Region to address contemporary issues relating and regarding higher education sector.
He said since 2013, they have been organizing annual conferences that are usually rotated across member countries to provide the platform for them to brainstorm and share ideas on how to move education in the sub region.
“During our 7th conference in Benin last year, UTG was unanimously given the right to host the 2020 international conference of AWAU which the vice chancellor professor Fakir Ahmed Anjum graciously accepted,” he said.
He said the mission of their visit is part of the organization’s preparations for the 2020 conference and their meeting covered most of the areas that need to be addressed immediately.
“We have agreed that the conference will be held from 15-17 September 2020. We also agreed that Re-positioning High Education in West Africa to meet the 21 century challenges and opportunities, will be the theme of the conference.”
Story written Binta Ceesay