Banjul (Gambia), March 12 (APS) – Senegal and The Gambia will sign a cooperation agreement in the field of higher education at the Senegalese-Gambian Presidential Council scheduled for Tuesday in Banjul, said Monday Olivier Sagna, director of studies and cooperation at the Senegalese Ministry of Higher Education and Research (MESR).
« In 2017, we signed a first agreement with the Gambian Ministry of Higher Education and Research.With the change of political regime, the new authorities wanted to revisit the agreement (…) », he said. reported in an interview with APS.
« We have worked on a new draft agreement to be signed during the Senegalese-Gambian Presidential Council, » said Tuesday in Banjul, the capital of Gambia, added Olivier Sagna.
Senegalese President Macky Sall and his Gambian counterpart will co-chair the first session of this cooperation framework set up by the two countries in March 2017 to deepen cooperation between the two countries.
According to Sagna, the agreement that the two countries will sign in the field of higher education concerns « about a dozen » points, among which the governance of higher education institutions, quality assurance.
« Senegal has pledged to grant 50 scholarships to Gambian students, especially in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.The Gambia will see according to these availability how to allocate.The Gambian students will be considered as Senegalese students », Olivier Sagna said.
According to the director of studies and cooperation at the Senegalese Ministry of Higher Education, this agreement provides for exchanges of teachers, students and internships, etc.
« In the field of higher education, co-operation is going well (…) At the level of higher education institutions, since the mid-1990s, Gaston Berger University gives courses in the framework of a master’s degree in mathematics in English » in The Gambia, he said.
Similarly, Senegal « contributes in the field of mathematics training to many Gambians, » continued Olivier Sagna.
He recalled that a « strong delegation » from the University Cheikh Anta Diop (UCAD) of Dakar had moved to Banjul to discuss cooperation with the University of the Gambia.