Program of Diploma / Degree Courses:
• Law School of Gambia
· Bachelor of Law (LLB)
· Master of Law (LLM)
· Para Legal Diplomas and Certificate
• Medical School of Gambia
Bachelor of Medicine / Surgery
Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Midwifery
Bachelor of Science in Public Health
• School of Business & Public Administration
Bachelor of Science Degrees (BSc) in Accounting, Banking and
Finance, Economics, Management, Tourism.
Diploma and other professional Certificates in Tourism and
Hospitality Management, Accounting.
Management Development Institute (MDI)
• School of Engineering and Architecture which is new
and restricted (for the moment) to offering a joint UTG –
University of Dalhousie program in Community Design and Building
Gambia Technical Training Institute
• School of Information Technology and Communications
offering (* Starting January).
Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
Bachelor of Science in Information Systems
Bachelor of Science in Software Engineering
Bachelor of Science in Telecommunications & Wireless Technologies
Bachelor of Science in Communications & Media
• School of Agriculture and Environment Sciences
Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, Biology and Environment
Higher Diploma in Agriculture (HDA)
Higher Certificate in Agriculture
• School of Arts and Sciences offering:
Bachelor of Arts/Science Degrees with a possible minor in
English, Islamic Studies, French, History, Arabic, Development
Studies, Sociology, Psychology, Geography, Political Science,
Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics.
• School of Education:
Bachelor of Arts/Science Degree in Education i.e. BA. Ed,
BSc. Ed for Secondary School Teachers.
Social Science Education
· Bachelor in Education (B Ed.)
· Higher Teacher's Certificate (HTC)
· Primary Teacher's
• School of Graduate Studies and Research
· Master of Arts in African History
· Master of Arts
· Master of Science in Public Health
• None-Degree Academic structures
The University Foundation Year
Centre for African and Global Languages & Culture
Centre for Islamic Knowledge and Science
Centre for Christian Knowledge and Science (Suggested)
Management Development Institute
The Gambia Technical Training Institute
University of The Gambia Consulting Services
Degree Courses available:
As the University is constantly developing, degree courses
offered change each year. New classes are offered each semester
and some classes are not offered regularly due to lack of
professors and/or space. You will likely see from 120 to 150
classes appear on the class schedule, which during registration
will be posted on the bulletin board of the Faculty building.
You can also ask your academic coordinator for access to a
copy of the latest course catalogue, though not all classes
listed will be offered the semester you are attending.
Online E-degree courses via a virtual university are not yet
available. There is some provision for university scholarships.
An Mba is not currently available.
Going to Classes:
Classes may or may not begin the week classes officially begin.
Being the only student in your first class of the semester
does not necessarily mean you are in the wrong classroom—Gambian
professors as well as students are usually slow to start the
semester due to administration and transportation problems.
YMCA1 / YMCA2: This denotes classes held at the Kanifing YMCA,
in conference rooms number one and two, located above the
restaurant on the second and third floors respectively. The
YMCA also has a computer lab, open to students by special
KJ: Classes labelled KJ (short for Kal Jawara Memorial Block)
are held at the MDI, the namesake for the road on which it
Conference: Classes marked Conference are held in the Conference
room in the Administration building.
“Faculty” is on the first floor of the Faculty building, entered
from the left hallway.
The student Computer Lab is in the Administration building,
in the hallway past the Accounting and Registrar offices.
Senate: This denotes the room where Senate meetings are held,
on the second floor of the Faculty building, approached from
the left hallway.
All. Fran. Gam: This is short for Alliance Franco-Gambienne,
located on Kairaba Avenue, near Westfield junction. (Note
that "Alliance" is pronounced the French way, AL-ee-onts).
There are three main options for getting yourself there from
the hotel—shared taxi, walking, and biking. If you elect to
go by shared taxi, take transport towards Westfield for about
$0.15. Plan accordingly—as the Alliance is fairly far down
Kairaba, this journey can take anywhere from five to fifteen
minutes, depending on stops and traffic. When you see Latrikunda
Senior Secondary School on the right-hand side of the road,
know that you are getting close; prepare to alight when the
Alliance’s red and white sign pops into view, also on the
Walking will take quite some time; with a bike the trip will
take about 15-20 minutes, but beware of the dangers of morning
and midday traffic on the short stretch of Kairaba. The best
route to take is following MDI Road to its end, taking a right
and following Post Office Road to its end, and taking a left
onto Kairaba Avenue, where the Alliance is about 2 minutes
up the road, on your right.
Inside the Alliance, several classrooms are used for university
classes. They will most likely be held in the classrooms that
are located to the left of the lobby (if the front entrance
is at your back).
Some classes (mostly science-based courses) are taught at
the School of Nursing (Banjul) and Gambia College (Brikama).
The university currently has one working bus that offers transport
from Kanifing to the classes in Banjul and Brikama. When the
course schedule is completed, the Transportation Committee
will prepare a bus schedule and post it on the bulletin board
at the Administration Building. The bus can hold up to twenty-two
students and costs about $0.10 for each one-way journey. The
alternate transportation for each venue (taxi) will be explained
in detail below.
Classes in Banjul are held at the School of Nursing, in the
auditorium. By bush taxi, catch a van to Banjul; get off at
the last stop in Banjul and use the “Downtown Banjul” map
to guide you in walking to the School of Nursing. (The garage
on this map is denoted by a picture of a taxi.)
Classes marked Brikama are held at Gambia College; these are
usually laboratory classes. Take a bush taxi to Westfield,
from there find a taxi going to Brikama. You will see a sign
for Gambia College on your right, where you should alight.
There is a new University of The Gambia (UTG) campus at Faraba-Bantang.
Due to the limited resources of the university, most lecturers
do not have offices. For information on how to contact them,
visit the appropriate Faculty Officer who can usually provide
you with a home or mobile number. The locations of the offices
are as follows:
•Humanities/Social Science: Second floor of the Faculty Building
•Economics / Management: Library (see “Resources” below)
•Science / Agriculture: Third floor of the Faculty Building
•Medicine / Allied Health: Offices are located at the School
of Nursing and Royal Victoria Teaching Hospital, both in Banjul.
•Administrative Staff: Located in the Administration Building.
This includes the Registrar, Accountant, Personnel Officer,
and the Vice Chancellor. An exception is the Deputy Vice Chancellor,
who doubles as the Dean of Humanities/Social Sciences and
has an office on the second floor of the Faculty Building.
Contact Address Details:
of The Gambia
Greater Banjul area
MDI Road, Kanifing South
Tel no: +220 4372213 (Main
4395065 / 4395062
9145241 / 3850300 (Chancery,
4377198 (Faculty of
Science & Agriculture)
4378815 (Faculty Building)
4376266 / 4223791
(Marina Parade, Banjul)
Registering as a UTG Student:
To register with the University of The Gambia, you
must go to the Accounts office in the Administration
building to receive the pertinent paperwork which
must be subsequently filled out and returned to
the Senior Assistant Registrar’s office. This will
be a group outing during orientation. You must provide
two passport-size photos, one for the record and
one for your Student ID card, which you can retrieve
a few weeks later from the Senior Assistant Registrar’s
The class schedule will be posted at both the Faculty
Building and the Administration Building (both on
MDI Road). Note that the schedule will be adjusted
slightly from its first draft; check the list daily
for updates, especially if your class is listed
sans location, time, and/or professor. Classes are
three credits (plus one credit practical for some
science classes) and are generally 1.5 hours long,
twice a week. Suggested class load three classes,
or nine credits. See below for list of possible
Registering for Classes:
To register for classes, you simply attend them
and ask your professor to sign your add-drop form,
which you will receive upon registration with the
university. When you have got all of your professors
plus your academic advisor to sign the form, return
it to the Senior Assistant Registrar’s office. According
to the student handbook, classes can be added and
dropped until the fourth scheduled class—as this
time period may vary greatly for each class, the
Registrar’s office is reasonably lenient when it
comes to this deadline. A grade of W (withdrawal)
will be awarded past the add-drop period, provided
at least 25% of instruction time remains.
Grading at the UTG is calculated as follows:
Final grades are released once they have been through
a thorough verification process:
1. The professor submits a form containing each
student’s grade for each test/assignment (usually
about 50% of the grade), the final exam grade (also
about 50% of the grade), the calculated percentage
out of 100%, and the equivalent final grade.
2. The grades are sent to the Senate for review
a). All final percentages/grades are recalculated
to ensure no mathematical error was made by the
b). The Senate looks at the grade distribution,
keeping an eye out for seemingly skewed results,
i.e. an outstanding number of A+’s or a remarkable
number of failures. If all seems well, the grade
report is sent to the registrar to be officially
entered on the student’s record.
3. On rare occasions, when the grade distribution
seems questionable or unusual, the grade report
is sent for review by the appropriate faculty board,
who attempt to determine the reason for the unlikely
allotment of grades. Assignments and tests will
be reviewed to see if they were appropriate for
the class and if they were justly marked. The faculty
board may elect to make grade revisions if deemed
necessary. Finally, the reviewed and possibly adjusted
grade report is sent back to the Senate for approval.
If approved, it is sent to the Registrar for documentation.
4. As the grading system is a rather long process,
UTG students can expect final grades by August or
September; you can expect.
Final exams are held starting a few days after the
official end of classes, usually lasting for a week.
They are two hours long and in most cases count
for 50% of the grade. As the end of the semester
nears, the exam schedule will be posted at the Administration
and Faculty buildings. If extenuating circumstances
prevent you from taking an exam, an earlier sitting
must be arranged by your professor and approved
by the Dean of the appropriate faculty. In this
case, it is best to ask for assistance from your
Textbooks are usually not required for classes;
for most course readings, lecturers will photocopy
either selections or entire texts. These must be
picked up and paid for by each student from the
Accountant in the Administration Building. Costs
can range from about $0.50 to $5.00 per packet.
Sometimes a lecturer will assign a textbook that
is available on a loan from the university; you
must also retrieve these books from the Accountant.
On occasion, students can sign up to order various
textbooks for supplementary reading (in the spring
semester of 2004 the books arrived shortly before
the semester’s end).
For research assignments, there are computers with
internet connection (a very slow internet connection)
at the Administration building, for exclusive use
by UTG students. The University library has some
useful books—though as most were donated by overseas
universities, many are outdated. The University
Library is located off Kairaba Avenue, well marked
by a series of signs bearing arrows (number 69 on
“Bakau to Serekunda area” map); one book may be
taken out for a maximum of two weeks provided you
present your UTG identification card. The National
Library in Banjul is better stocked; up to two books
can be borrowed for up to two weeks, pending the
one-time payment of about $2.15 for a membership.
The National Library is located on the road just
before Arch 22. Alight from the bush taxi at the
footbridge, and turn right on the road in front
of you (Gambia High School is located on the corner).
The library is located ahead on the left-hand side
of the road.