About UTG

History of The University of The Gambia

The University of The Gambia was established by an Act of Parliament of the Gambia in March 1999.  The enactment, which was a bold step to fulfill a long-standing desire of the people of The Gambia and to respond to several years of advocacy both within and outside the country for a university, ended years of indecision on the university question.

The UTG accepted its first students starting with the School of Medicine & Allied Health Sciences School in 1999.Today, the University of Gambia(UTG) boost of over 4000 students  from a modest start of 175 students in 2000.The UTG has experienced major transformation with enhanced quality and infrastructure from 2009 to Date. It is the hope of the nation and key to our human, socio-economic and political development.

The UTG Graduates are successfully placed in major positions at all public, private, non-governmental organizations and international organizations and Universities abroad, increasingly assuming leadership positions across the country. Increasingly supplying the much needed human resources in all areas including Medicine, Law and the Sciences to sustain the human capital needs of the country and a place to optimize the potential of the youths as well as providing continuing education and education opportunities for adult learners.

Over the years, the UTG has established successful academic and student exchange programs with European and American Universities with students and faculty spending a semester to a year at the UTG and vice versa.





University Leadership


Prof. Dr. Faqir Muhammad Anjum
Prof. Dr. Faqir Muhammad Anjum
The current and 4th Vice Chancellor/Rector (2016-to date) Prof. Dr. Faqir Muhammad Anjum, Pakistan National     


Prof. Muhammadou M.O. Kah
Prof. Muhammadou M.O. Kah
3rd Vice Chancellor/Rector (2009-2015) & 1st Gambian Born- Prof. Muhammadou M.O. Kah


Prof. Andreas Steigen
Prof. Andreas Steigen
2nd Vice Chancellor/Rector (2005- 2008)- Prof. Andreas Steigen, a Norwegian National


Prof. Donal Ekong(late)
Prof. Donal Ekong (late)
1st Vice Chancellor/Rector (1999 – 2004)- Prof. Donald E.U Ekong(late), a Nigerian National


Mission and Vision Statment


Teaching, Research and Service is our Passion

Our Staff is our Asset

Our Alumni is our Pride

 and Excellence is our Creed




“The University of The Gambia shall be the powerhouse for the transformation of The Gambia through the creation, application, and transfer of knowledge.”


“The University of The Gambia will provide relevant, sustainable, and high quality tertiary education and research in respect of socio-economic, scientific and technological advancement and development.

It will be a centre of excellence which will accommodate national, regional and international requirements. The University will utilize the concept of incremental improvement to maintain high standards thereby empowering students with the opportunity to fulfil national needs. It will also provide students with the facility to realize their full potential both generally and in employment.”

The University of The Gambia will seek to attain its Vision and Mission by:

  1. Promoting equitable and sustainable socio-economic development of communities through relevant,
    high-quality gender-sensitive teaching, research and outreach programmes
  2. Providing higher education to all persons, suitably qualified and capable of benefiting from it.
  3. Positioning itself as a national asset committed to the promotion of life-long learning.
  4. Developing its information and communication technologies, infrastructure as a driving force for the
    education of more people more rapidly and for the improvement of efficiency and academic quality to
    attain the goals of poverty alleviation and national development 

New Campus Project

About new campus Project coming on:

The construction of the 1st phase of the permanent Campus in Faraba-Bantang through a multi-donor financing amounting to $53 million dollars is currently underway.

Our community

about Our University Community:

The university community is composed of students, administrative and faculty staff. The student population is represented by a government known as the University of the Gambia Students' Union ( UTGSU).

Visiting Our Campus

Visiting our Campus:

Schools and faculties at the UTG are currently hosted in various campuses across the country.