Welcome to the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology

The Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Technology (MoHERST) was established in February 2007 and began operations in March 2007. It is responsible for policy development and the management and coordination of programmes and activities relating to higher education, research, science, and technology.

The role and importance of tertiary and higher education in the process of national development have been acknowledged and emphasized globally. Therefore, in order to achieve sustainable socio-economic development in The Gambia, it is important to reaffirm the relationship between tertiary and higher education and the workforce and how these steers the development drives stipulated in the country’s National Development Plan (RF-NDP 2023-2027), and other national policies and strategy initiatives.

Globalisation has brought to the forefront the need to prioritise knowledge and skills acquisition, thus the drive for education, research, science technology and innovation as catalyst for national development


To play a central role in the transformation of The Gambia into a skills-based economy and knowledge society.


To establish a tertiary and higher education system of reputable (world-class) institutions and centres of excellence that will produce well-educated and skilled citizens with the requisite competencies to lead fulfilled lives and compete nationally and globally; and establishing a coordinated scientific research and technological development skills system for advanced socioeconomic development.

Client Charter

The Ministry of Higher Education, Research, Science, and Technology of the Republic of The Gambia is committed to providing excellent service to all our stakeholders. Our client charter outlines the commitments we make to ensure that our services are efficient, transparent, and responsive to the needs of our stakeholders:

  1. Accessibility - We will ensure that our services are accessible to all individuals, regardless of location or background. We will maintain open lines of communication through various channels, including in-person, online, and telephone, to provide prompt and reliable assistance.
  2. Timeliness - We recognise the importance of timely service delivery. We will strive to provide efficient and prompt responses to queries, requests, and applications. We will set clear timelines for service delivery and adhere to them to the best of our ability.
  3. Transparency - We will maintain transparency in our processes and procedures, provide clear and accurate information regarding our policies, programmes, and initiatives, and ensure that our stakeholders have access to the necessary information to make informed decisions and engage in meaningful interactions with our ministry.
  4. Accountability - We will take responsibility for our actions and commitments. If there are delays or shortcomings in service delivery, we will communicate openly, provide explanations, and work towards resolution in a fair and equitable manner.
  5. Feedback and Continuous Improvement - We value feedback from our stakeholders as it helps us improve our services. We will establish mechanisms to receive and address feedback, suggestions, and complaints. We will use this feedback to identify areas for improvement and implement necessary changes to enhance our services.

By adhering to these principles outlined in our value proposition and client charter, the Ministry of Higher Education, Research, Science, and Technology of the Republic of The Gambia aims to create a conducive environment for education, research, and technological advancements, enabling the Gambian society to prosper and thrive in the global knowledge economy.

Value Proposition

At the Ministry of Higher Education, Research, Science, and Technology of the Republic of The Gambia, we are committed to fostering a knowledge-driven society that empowers individuals and propels the nation towards sustainable development. Our value proposition revolves around the following fundamental principles:

  1. Quality Education - We strive to provide accessible and high-quality education at all post-secondary education and training levels, ensuring that every Gambian can acquire the skills and knowledge needed for personal growth and contribution to the economy and society.
  2. Research and Innovation - We actively support research and innovation to drive advancements in various fields, including science, technology, engineering, and social sciences. By promoting research collaboration and providing adequate resources, we aim to foster a culture of innovation that addresses national challenges and drives socio-economic growth.
  3. Capacity Building - We are committed to enhancing the capacity of educators, researchers, and professionals through training and development programmes. By investing in the skills and expertise of our workforce, we ensure the delivery of quality education and research outputs that are on par with global standards.
  4. Collaboration and Partnerships - We believe in the power of collaboration and partnerships to achieve sustainable development. We actively engage with local and international stakeholders, including academic institutions, industry leaders, government agencies, and development partners, to foster knowledge exchange, share best practices, and create synergies for the benefit of the Gambian society.
  5. Inclusive and Equitable Access - We strive for inclusive and equitable access to quality and relevant education and training and research opportunities. We work towards eliminating barriers such as gender inequality, geographic disparities, and socioeconomic limitations, ensuring that all individuals, regardless of background, have equal access to quality education and research facilities.

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