Inauguration of the Higher Education Advisory Committee (HEAC)

Education

Press Release

 

 Inauguration of the Higher Education Advisory Committee (HEAC)

The Ministry of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology has inaugurated a Higher Education Advisory Committee (HEAC) on Wednesday June 29th 2022 as initiated by the Honourable Minister, Prof. Pierre Gomez. Membership of the Committee has been drawn from diverse backgrounds including academia, policy, research, entrepreneurship, administration, management, public, private, national, and the diaspora.

The main purpose of the HEAC is to enable seasoned Gambian experts who are rich in thought, experience, and character to work in consultation with the Ministry in addressing issues affecting the higher education sector. Thus, the HEAC will support the Ministry on the attainment of its vision which is to develop the critical mass of personnel in relevant fields and sectors; as well as its mission which ensures that higher education (including technical education), research, science, technology, arts, and innovation are developed to support national development objectives.

One of the tasks outlined for the Committee is to assist in mobilising funds for the higher education sector in supporting the Ministry’s transformative agenda of revitalisation of higher education and technical vocational education and training (TVET). It is worth mentioning that out of their selflessness and love for country, the HEAC members have agreed to work pro bono.

Below is the list of the HEAC Members:

           Name

Professional Title

Position

1.

Dr. Ebrima Sall

Executive Director of TrustAfrica, former Executive Secretary of CODESRIA, Former Managing Director of VISACA-Gambia, Senior Research Fellow and Programme Coordinator at the Nordic Africa Institute in Uppsala, Sweden (2001-2004)

 

Chairperson

2.

Mrs. Ann Therese Ndong Jatta

Educationist, Former Director of UNESCO Multi-sectoral Regional Office for Eastern Africa

 

Vice Chairperson

3.

Dr. Aminata Sillah Kebbeh

 

Educationist, International Development Analyst, Entrepreneur, Assistant Professor at University of Towson, USA

 

Rapporteur

 

6.

Permanent Secretary, MoBSE

Member

 

7.

Dr. Ebrima Ceesay

Senior Researcher, University of Birmingham, UK

 

Member

8.

Dr. Tijan M. Sallah

Retired World Bank Sector Manager, Economist, Poet, Writer

 

Member

9.

Prof. Gibril Faal

Multi-disciplinary Business and Development Executive, Visiting Professor in Practice, London School of Economist (LSE), UK

 

Member

10.

Prof. Michael Banutu Gomez

Professor of Management, Rowan University, New Jersey, USA

 

Member

11.

Dr. Haddy Njie

Assistant Professor in International Studies, North Carolina State University, USA

 

Member

12.

Dr. Assan Sarr

Associate Professor of History, Director of Graduate Studies, and an affiliate Member of the Ohio University Graduate Council

 

Member

13.

Prof. Momodou Sallah

Director, Centre for Academic Innovation, Professor of Teaching and Learning, De Montfort University, UK

 

Member

14.

Pa Samba Baldeh

Head of National Office, West Africa Examinations Council, Banjul

 

Member

16.

Mrs. Juka Jabang

Educationist, Gender Advocate, Poet, Consultant, Retired Director Generalof MDI, former Advisor to the Executive Director of African Development Bank

 

Member

17.

Dr. Siga Jagne

Educationist, Feminist Scholar, Administrator, Consultant, ECOWAS Commissioner for Social Welfare and Gender

 

Member

18.

Dr Burama Jammeh

Curriculum Specialist

 

Member

19.

Baba Sillah

Writer, Educationist

 

Member

20.

Prof. Assan Jaye

Professor of Global Health Education and Researcher Leadership, Head of Research, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

 

Member

21.

Dr. Katim Seringe Touray

 

International Development Consultant

 

Member

22.

Agi Sally Sagnia

Corporate Officer (Membership) Kerr Jula (Gambia Chamber of Commerce & Industry)

 

Member

23.

Alagie Jarjue

 

Executive Director, Gambia National Youth Council

Member

 

Below is the list of Senior Management of the Ministry who will provide technical assistance to the Committee:

1.

Kumba Jammeh

Principal Research Officer, Directorate of Research

 

Secretary

2.

 

Mod Secka

Permanent Secretary

Member

3.

Madi O. Jatta

Deputy Permanent Secretary

Member

4.

Dr. Yusupha Touray

Deputy Permanent Secretary

Member

5.

Mucktarr M.Y Darboe

Director, Science Technology & Innovation

Member

6.

Anthony G. Mendy

Director, Tertiary & Higher Education

Member

7.

James Gomez

Director, Research

Member

8.

Lamin Ceesay

Director, Planning, Budgeting and Policy Analyst

Member