UNESCO Portal Documents

Official UNESCO Portal as issued by the Gambia (2014)

UNESCO Portal to Recognized Higher Education Institutions | Republic of The Gambia

Updated 09/2014

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PORTAL INFORMATION: Country information on the Higher Education Institutions Portal:

Republic of The Gambia

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The Ministry of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology (MoHERST) is responsible for the governance of all matters pertaining to higher education.

Definition of “Recognized Higher Education Institution” in The Gambia:

For purposes of the UNESCO Portal on Higher Education Institutions, recognized higher education institutions refer to:

  • One National Institution
  • One Intergovernmental University established under international law with official and diplomatic headquarters in The Gambia
  • Other Intergovernmental Universities established under international law with the participation of The Gambia
  1. The Higher Education Institutions recognized by competent authorities are:

National University

This institution in included in the list of the universities of the world maintained by the International Association of Universities and it is a member of the Association of African Universities.

Intergovernmental organization with University Status, with Headquarters established in The Gambia with the approval of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or Minister of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology (MoHERST):

Other Institutions of Higher Education established under international law with the participation of The Gambia under the authority of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or Minister of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology (MoHERST), authorized to provide higher education programmes to citizens and government officials of The Gambia:

These are the following regional and international institutions:

Note 1: these recognized institutions are multilateral in nature and should appear in the “International / Regional” section of the List of Universities of the World of the International Association of Universities. Historically, they were not included in the “World Higher Education Database” (WHED) which only includes national institutions.

Note 2: The Gambia is a Participating State in the Virtual University for Small States of The Commonwealth which is not to be considered as a tertiary institution.

Note 3: The Gambia is a Participating State in the African Virtual University which is not to be considered as a tertiary institution.

For updated information on the status and recognition of the American International University (West Africa)(AIU WA), please contact the UNESCO Commission.

  1. Higher education programs recognized by competent authorities

The programs offered by the institutions listed above are recognized by competent authorities.

  1. Information for students planning to study in the country

Contact the Ministry of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology (MoHERST).

  1. Information on higher education system

http://www.moherst.gov.gm/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=54&Itemid=86

http://banjul.usembassy.gov/news/education/educational-system-of-the-gambia.html

Ministries/departments responsible for education

  • Ministry of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology (MoHERST)
    • Directorate of Higher Education
    • Directorate of Science and Technology

Quality assurance mechanisms

The Directorates of the Ministry of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology (MoHERST) are responsible for oversight and quality assurance. As of 2014, the Ministry is finalizing dedicated Quality Assurance mechanisms developed to meet or exceed international standards (AQAA).

  1. Information on foreign credential assessment and recognition
  • Description (procedure):

Note: The Gambia has not yet ratified the Regional Convention on the Recognition of Studies, Certificates, Diplomas, Degrees and other Academic Qualifications in Higher Education in the African States.

Please contact the National UNESCO Commission for updated information on assessment procedures for foreign academic credentials.

  • Competent Bodies

– Ministry of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology (MoHERST)

  1. Information on financial assistance opportunities

Foreign students interested in studies in The Gambia should contact the nearest Embassy or High Commission.

  1. Cross-border Higher education

Higher technical and vocational education is offered at the Gambia Technical Training Institute which offers courses leading to the examinations of the City and Guilds of London Institute and the Royal Society of Arts.

The Gambia is also active in international education programmes associated with ISESCO and ECOWAS.

The Gambia is a Participating State in the Virtual University for Small States of The Commonwealth.

  1. National Information Centre

The National Commission for UNESCO is the national information center.

  1. Other information sources

The Permanent Delegation of The Gambia to UNESCO

10. Definitions of key terms

See above for Definition of “Recognized Higher Education Institution”

“Accredited” is synonymous with “Recognized”, referring to institutions or programs that are validated to meet or exceed national standards, and whose degrees are valid for use for public employment and professional development.