By Sulayman Waan
The American International University for West Africa (AIUWA) in The Gambia on Saturday graduated one hundred and fifteen (115) students who successfully completed four- year courses on various fields. The ceremony was held in a local hotel at Senegambia, Kanifing Municipality.
This graduation is fifth ordinary session graduation since the establishment of the university.
The grandaunts completed their four years courses on bachelor of pharmacy technician degree, bachelor of nursing science (BSN) degree in general science nursing, bachelor of nursing science (BSN) specialization in anesthesia, bachelor of science degree in accounting and finance, bachelor of science in business administration, bachelor of science degree in human resources management, bachelor of science degree in computer science and information, bachelor degree economic, politics, philosophy and among others.
In his statement, Dinesh Shukla, Chancellor and founding president for AIUWA commended the grandaunts for their achievements, saying the out-going students had strived harder to attain their goals in the educational institution.
“Today, we have recognized your achievements in this ceremony. You can look forward- with hopeful anticipation toward a fulfilling life,” he told the grandaunts.
Chancellor Shukla added: “The training and degrees earned will pave way for opportunities not only to help personal goals but equip you to be a part of something much large than yourselves.”
However, he expressed his sincere appreciation and gratitude the Gambia government for supporting AIUWA in achieving its vision and mission in the country.
Representing the minister of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology, Dr Yusupha Touray, deputy permanent secretary said AIUWA has been complementing government efforts Nthrough a consistent production of professional in the area of healthcare, arts and humanity.
“AIUWA also complements the government’s efforts by providing scholarships to Gambians in all its disciplines which goes a long way in contributing to the human capital formation of the health ministry and other related MDAs of government,” he noted.
Dr Makie Taal, vice chancellor for AIUWA said the graduation was possible due to the extraordinary work and commitment AIUWA’s administration as well as the diligence, hard work and adequate achievements of every student of 2021.
“All of you had excelled in an exceptional way giving us the privilege and honour to celebrate your outstanding performance during time at AIUWA,” he expressed delight to the grandaunts.
Dr Taal advised the grandaunts to demonstrate maximum ethics and professionalism as well work harder to pursue their vision.
Speaking on behalf of the pharmacy council of The Gambia, Mr Omar Gaye commended all grandaunts especially the pharmacy outgoing students, saying “it is the expectation of the pharmacy council that you (pharmacy grandaunts) will continue to pursue a self-directed professional development.
He urged the pharmacy grandaunts to serve the community in order to improve peoples’ health with compassion, honesty and integrity.
Marima Dibba, president for AIUWA students’ union thanked the university management and staff for supporting the students during the four years courses.