Gambian visit for ICM Chief Executive

9:22am GMT, Tuesday, 11 March 2008

Tom Thomas pictured with Principals from ICM Centres in The Gambia.

ICM Chief Executive, Professor Tom Thomas, has just returned from an “enjoyable and fruitful” fact-finding visit to The Gambia.

The purpose of Tom’s week-long trip was to meet with dignitaries and promote the Institute and its programmes, as well as discuss ways to improve standards for students.

During his stay, he met with 14 Principals from Gambian teaching Centres – including Mr Yusupha B. Dibba, the Acting Director General of the Management Development Institute (MDI), ICM’s largest Centre in the country.

The meeting resulted in the Principals founding the ‘Association of ICM Centres in The Gambia’. The group will meet quarterly to discuss ways they can enable the smooth running of ICM programmes and help students receive the best possible education.

Tom Thomas met with the Acting Director General of the Management Development Institute (MDI), Mr Yusupha B. Dibba.

Tom also had the opportunity to spend time with the Director General of the National Training Authority (NTA), as well as staff from the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) – in particular ICM Coordinator, Mr Sillah Conateh, and Head of WAEC, Mr Ebrima Njie.

During his visit, Tom even appeared on the Gambian Radio & Television Service (GRTS) and was featured on the front page of Gambian newspaper, the Daily Observer.

On return from his stay, Tom said: “Gambian students have so far achieved very impressive results in line with ICM students worldwide. We want to help ensure they continue to meet these high standards. By meeting with the Principals, we can get first-hand details of the problems confronting the Centres and discuss ways and means of overcoming them.”

Around 4,500 students study ICM programmes in The Gambia each year. The Institute is currently developing an initiative to link ICM Diplomas to final year degree programmes taught by Gambian universities.

By Natasha Piscitelli