By Adama Tine
The University of The Gambia (UTG) during its inauguration ceremony of the Directorate of Research and Consultancy on Wednesday
announced receiving a staggering amount of D43 million to help lecturers conduct academic research.
Professor Pierre Gomez, Deputy Vice Chancellor at UTG said: “D43million has been exclusively given to the university lecturers to support UTG research programmed. “Last year for the first time in the history of the university, we gave D60 million to support our academic staff to conduct research,” he disclosed.
Professor Gomez added that there is a time frame in which they have to submit the outcome of their research and all policies must inform policymakers. He further said that they have also conducted some trainings, and will conduct other trainings next month with different partners.
“This organization is bringing millions to the UTG. Those millions have gone back to the academics. 80% of them will be to support our consultancies while 20% will stay within the university. The 20% will not be used for anything else than supporting research for academic’s that is our mission,” he noted.
Professor Gomez pointed out that through research new discoveries are made as well as new technologies and ideas are developed for the betterment of society. Therefore, he said engaging in high impactful research is important for improving the global profile of the UTG.
However, the UTG Vice Chancellor Dr Faqir Muhammed Anjum on his part said the directorate was established to better coordinate research activities of the university through a well-structured governance framework.
“Research cannot be promoted without having a robust research governance infrastructure. This is the challenge that the university has been grappling with from inception. I want to call on partners especially those of you that are here today, to support the university’s course to be the powerhouse in research in the Gambia and beyond,” he highlighted.
The Director of Research and Consultancy Muhammed Sanyang urged government to invest, promote and support university research at all levels because it will contribute to national development, and help shape evident-based policies.