The Department of Economics and Management Sciences (DEMS) under the School of Business & Public Administration (SBPA) currently offers 8 Degree Programmes at Undergraduate Level, Certificate in School Management, Diploma in Sectoral Analysis and Management of Education Systems (SAMES) and 2 Masters programme.
The tuition fees for a four-year degree in Management, Economics, Marketing, and Tourism & Hospitality Management, Public Administration, Human Resource Management, Accountancy and Banking & Finance is D35,900 and D60,000 for Mature students per year.
The Department continues to pursue its dream of becoming a fully functional and vibrant s School of Business & Public Administration through the integration with the Management Development Institute (MDI) and further development and enhancement of the already existing units (Economics, Management, Marketing, Accountancy and Banking and Finance, Tourism & Hospitality Management, Public Administration, Human Resource Management and UTG Consulting Unit).
The ultimate aim of the school is to establish a Business School that would serve as a Center of Excellence for Business and Public Administration.
The specific objectives of the SBPA include but not limited:
a) To integrate the Department with the business programs of other tertiary institutions in the country (e.g. MDI, GTTI and The Gambia College).
b) To consolidate the existing academic programs within the next twelve (12) months.
c) To gradually transform the existing Units of the Department into Departments under a School of Business and Public Administration
d) To create a Centre of excellence for Management within the next two (2) years or beyond, that will run degree and professional programs in The Gambia.
e) To establish SBPA Alumni Association
f) To establish a Computer/IT lab for the SBPA
g) To fix staff and student toilets
h) To provide wireless internet connectivity for students of SBPA
i) To provide desktop computers for offices
The Department is the largest Department in the University in terms of student population with 1,746students (i.e. 1231 males and 515females) out of about 4,653 total UTG students for the degree programs, i.e. 37.5% during 2012/13 academic year.Statistics for 2013/14 – 2015/2016 showed similar trends.
During the period under review, 27 students enrolled in the SAMES programme (the Diploma level) of which there were only 3 females. There are 15 students enrolled at the MA level of which 4 are UTG staff.
The number of students in the undergraduate degrees at DEMS has been increasing (See table 1 below). The gender gap is evident but it has been reducing over the years.
The largest share of the students enrolled at the University of the Gambia are at the School of Business and Public Administration (SBPA).In spring 2014/15, 158 students enrolled whilst in 2015/2016, enrolment rose to 203 and 191 in semester 1 and 2 respectively (see table 1 below). The SBPA constitute 26% of total enrolment in semester 1 and 33% of total enrolment in semester 2.
Table 1: School of Business enrolment 2015/16
Total Admissions (SBPA)
Total Admissions (All UTG)
2. TEACHING ACTIVITIES
2.1 Teaching Staff and Courses Offered
Over the year under review, The Department had a total of fifty three (53) permanent academic staff of whom twenty-three (23) are full-time staff, eighteen (18) are on study leave (pursuing master’s and doctorate degrees), nine (9) graduate assistants and three (3) administrative officers.
During the same period, Messrs. Salifu Jobe, Madi Mangan and Kebba Secka left us MDI, GBoS and Central Bank. Mr. Yusupha Dibba and Dr. Matarr Njie joined the Department as new faculty members. The list of full-time teaching staff, Administrative Staff and Graduate Assistants is provided in table 2.
The number of adjunct lecturers decreased dramatically over the year under review. DEMS in consultation with the UTG Administration in its effort to reduce heavy reliance on adjunct lecturer is vigorously pursuing the recruiting some Professors in the Diaspora for the academic year 2016/17 to add on to the current staff complement. However, one of the major problems faced by DEMS is attracting professors and lecturers in due to highly competitive pay offers for professional in the business arrears that cannot be matched by UTG. It will be important to singularly mention the case of the Accounting programme which is in dire need of lecturers...
2.2 Degree programmes currently offered
The eight undergraduate degree programs offered during the period under review were:
- BSc. Economics
- BSc. Management
- BSc. Marketing
- BSc. Accountancy
- BSc. Banking & Finance
- B.A Tourism and Hospitality Management
- B.A Public Administration
- BA in Human Resources Management.
In addition to the degree programmes, DEMS offers Certificate in School Management and a Diploma in Sectoral Analysis and Management of Education Systems (SAMES) and 2 Masters programmes (Master in Collaboration with Amythe University and Masters in Sectoral Analysis and Management of Education Systems (MASAMES).
The Department is still short of the needed and vital staff complement in order to reduce the large number of part-time lecturers, who mostly consider UTG engagements as secondary matters. Some staff are currently undergoing studies at Masters and Doctorate level in universities around the globe. Those pursuing doctorate degrees include Messrs. Hamidou Jawara, Alieu Gibba, Kebba Jammeh, Yaya Jallow, Tijan Bah, Mustapha Jobarteh and Sering Touray while those pursuing masters degrees include Cherno Alieu Jallow, Ndey Isatou Jobe, Modou Cham, Mansour Camara, Lamin Saidykhan, Remi Colley, Lamin Dampha, Musa Suwareh, Momodou Jatta and Lamin Ceesay.
DEMS’s staff also took part in teaching/training activities of the MDI and UTG Consulting Unit in their drive to train civil servants during the period under review. The key staff participants from DEMS in those civil servants’ training were Messrs. Yankuba E. Manneh, Lang Sanyang, Gibriel Badjie, Banna Sawaneh, Christopher Belford and Dr. Momodou Mustapha Fanneh.
3. PROPOSED STRUCTURE OF SBPA
The proposed structure of SBPA is:
Dean – Dr. Momodou Mustapha Fanneh
Deputy Dean – Mr. Lang Sanyang
School of Business and Public Administration is divided into 2 Departments:
A. Management Sciences
B. Economics and Finance
A. The Management Sciences Department
Department Head – Mr. Banna Sawaneh
The units under this Department and its unit heads are as follows:
(1) Management – Ms. Habibatou Drammeh
(2) Marketing – Mr. Gibriel Badjie
(3) Public Administration – Mr. Banna Sawaneh
(4) Human Resource Management – Mr. Yankuba E. Manneh
(5) Tourism and Hospitality Management – Mr. Lamin Drammeh
B. The Economics and Finance Department
Department Head – Ms. Mariama Trawally-Sawo
The units under this Department and its unit heads are as follows:
(1) Economics – Mr. Christopher Belford
(2) Banking and Finance – Mr. Lamin Jammeh
(3) Accountancy – Mr. Baseedy Bojang
4. RESEARCH AND CONSULTANCIES
DEMS is well known for its research and consultancy services. The Department successfully completed consultancies and research activities for leading national and international organizations/institutions during the year under review.
ü Consultancy training on Business Management and Entrepreneurship Development for Ministry of Trade, Industry and Employment through its Enhanced Integrated Framework during the 2015/16 academic year. UTG staff, namely: Banna Sawaneh, Gibriel Badjie, Lamin Jammeh, Ms. Kaddijatou Manneh, Morro Krubally, Habibatou Drammeh, Kebba Secka, Dr. Momodou Mustapha Fanneh and Lang Sanyang facilitated the training.
ü Project Management Training for the Enhanced Integrated Project during the same period: UTG staff, namely: Banna Sawaneh, Gibriel Badjie, Lamin Jammeh, Lamin Dampha, Christopher Belford, Ms. Kaddijatou Manneh, Morro Krubally, Habibatou Drammeh, Kebba Secka, Dr. Momodou Mustapha Fanneh and Lang Sanyang facilitated the training.
ü Project Management Training for the Enhanced Integrated Project during the same period: UTG staff, namely: Morro Krubally, Dr. Momodou Mustapha Fanneh and Lang Sanyang facilitated the training.
ü Farmer Field Schools Training: UTG Staff : The Late Muhammed E. Jammeh, Dr. Momodou Mustapha Fanneh, Christopher Belford, Kebba Secka and Lang Sanyang
The School of Business and Public Administration benefitted from AERC scholarships for Mrs Adama Touray and Mr. Tumani Sanneh to pursue M Sc degrees in Economics.
The School of Business and Public Administration, Department of Economics and Management Sciences in collaboration with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) organized a four (4) day Professional development workshop for the staff of the School of Business and Public Administration on Domestic Resource Mobilization for Lecturers and Researchers in June 2015. The Resource persons came from Geneva, Switzerland courtesy of UNCTAD.
5.3 World Food Program (WFP)
The University recently signed a Memorandum Of Understanding with the World Food Programme. This entails research and training inter alia.
6. SERVICE TO ACADEMIA AND THE COMMUNITY
During the academic year under review, the Department has done many and various services to academia and the community, and some of the important ones include:
· Dr. Momodou Mustapha Fanneh represented the School of Business at the Africa Economics Research Consortium (AERC) Academic Board Meeting as a Board Member of the Collaborative Masters Program (CMAP) in Economics held in Arusha, Tanzania in November 2015.
· Yankuba E. Manneh conducted Human Resource Management training through his first batch of HR students, for the Administrative staff of the University of the Gambia; May 2016.
· The Department’s staff attended various workshops, conferences and meetings as part of community service.
6.1 Research/Consultancy Services
ü Mid-term Study on the Socio-Economic Rights of Women In CRR (2015). Three UTG staff, namely: Lang Sanyang, Lamin Jammeh and Dr. Momodou Mustapha Fannehfacilitated the consultancy.
6.2 Community Services
Dr. Momodou Mustapha Fanneh is serving as Commissioner of the Gambia Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (GCCPC) under the Ministry of Trade, Regional Integration & Employment (MoTIE);
Dr. Momodou Mustapha Fanneh, Mr. Christopher Belford, Mr. Tijan Bah and Mr. Ousainou Huma did a WFP study on National Cost Assessment of School Meals Programme in The Gambia, February, 2016
Dr. Momodou Mustapha Fanneh, Mr. Christopher Belford, Mr. Tijan Bah and Mr. Ousainou Huma did a WFP study on Cost Benefit Analysis of School Meals Programme in The Gambia, February, 2016
Mr. Alhagie O Camara is currently working on a twenty chapter book on Gambia Public Administration.
7. CENTER FOR POLICY, RESEARCH AND STRATEGIC STUDIES (CepRass)
During 2015-2016 a lot of time and energy have been spent on setting up a center for policy,
research and strategic studies (CepRass) and an interim board has even been approved to continue this work.
8. CHALLENGES AND PRIORITIES SBPA
Some of the key constraints/challenges that the SBPA is currently facing include:
· Insufficient remunerations in terms of full-time staff salaries, honoraria for adjunct lecturers and teaching overloads, as well as the meager refund of transport fare of D320 per semester for overloads and Part-time Lecturers is too small and does not reflect the current transport fares. The remunerations need to be competitive and comparative to those of similar institutions in the Sub-region;
· The need for more full-time academic teaching staff, graduate assistants and faculty officers;
· The imbalanced distribution in terms of gender for both the students and lecturer populations and the need to bridge the gender gap;
· The need to increase the number of qualified staff at the levels of Professors, Associate Professors and Masters degree holders in the SBPA.
· The non availability of a research fund to encourage and support for academic research culture at the UTG is a major constraint.
· Payment of Part-time Lecturers and overloads of D10, 000.00 is very low.
Priorities of SBPBA include:
· School of Business and Public Administration should have transport.
· Salary increment
· Online registration - The need to Task the IT department to develop a system for online registration.
· Laptops, CUG and Data cards for all staff
o If it will be difficult to get all the staff with a Data Card, then Administration and Finance should provide us with one data card and a router so that every staff within the range of the RC (resource Center) can get access to the internet.
· Library and Computer lab for School of Business and Public Administration.
· Conference room for School of Business and Public Administration.
· Lounge for School of Business and Public Administration.
· Projectors for all the 8 departments and an extra printers and photocopiers at SBPA considering its size.
· Health Insurance benefits should be introduced in the University.
9. CONCLUSION AND RECOMMENDATIONS/SUGGESTIONS
In conclusion, the Department of Economics and Management Sciences has performed remarkably well during the 2015/16 academic year, even with a reduced percentage student registration.
There has been an increase of 2 extra new full-time lecturers at the commencement of the 2015/2016 academic year, while we lost 3 senior staff during the period (Mr. Salifu Jobe to the Management Development Institute (MDI) and Mr. Mohammed Jammeh and Mr. Fye passed away).
Despite the remarkable performance of the Department, the following recommendations/suggestions are however advanced by the staff to improve on performance:
1) Effective staff performance appraisal systems (which still not in existence) should be implemented for the UTG on which staff promotions, remunerations and hiring/firing should be based. It is important that only staffs that are hard-working, making significant contributions to UTG and the nation at large, and those who merit recognition should be promoted.
2) Effective student appraisals/evaluations of academic staff should be in place to add value to the staff appraisal process.
3) Creation of a balance in terms of remunerations and resources between the academic staff and administrative staff of the UTG is urgent and essential.
4) The UTG should devise an attractive pay scheme for the academic staff of the Economics and Management Sciences Department as a way of retaining them and attracting others to the Department.
5) The UTG should facilitate a Departmental Retreat during the summer break of the 2016/2017 academic year to enable staff to develop a full-blown Departmental Strategic Plan.
6) The University should take urgent steps to recruit full-time Professors, Senior Lecturers/Assistant lecturers and Graduate Assistants in various areas. That will minimize the Department’s reliance on part-time lecturers.
7) There is need for the UTG to be more committed to training of all academic staff to improve the full-time staffing situation of the Department.