of The Gambia
Greater Banjul area campus
MDI Road, Kanifing South
The Gambia, West Africa
Tel no: +220 4372213 / 4395065 / 4395062
4377198 (Faculty of Science & Agriculture)
4378815 (Faculty Building)
4376266 / 4223791 (Marina Parade, Banjul)
Fax: (220) 4395064
Registering as a UTG Student:
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
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 professor.
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 academic coordinator.
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
Program of Diploma / Degree Courses:
• Law School of Gambia
· Bachelor of Law (LLB)
· Master of Law (LLM)
· Para Legal Diplomas and
• Medical School of Gambia
Bachelor of Medicine / Surgery
Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Midwifery
Bachelor of Science in Public Health
• School of Business &
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
Bachelor of Science in Communications & Media
• School of Agriculture and
Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, Biology and Environment
Higher Diploma in Agriculture (HDA)
Higher Certificate in Agriculture
• School of Arts and Sciences
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
· Master of Arts in African History
· Master of Arts in French
· Master of
Science in Public Health
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 arrangement
KJ: Classes labelled KJ (short for Kal Jawara Memorial
Block) are held at the MDI, the namesake for the road
on which it is located.
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 right.
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
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
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
•Economics / Management: Library
(see “Resources” below)
•Science / Agriculture:
Third floor of the Faculty Building
/ Allied Health: Offices are located at the School of
Nursing and Royal Victoria Teaching Hospital, both in
•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.