Islamabad - The International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) President Dr Ahmed Yousif Al-Draiweesh yesterday announced ten scholarships to the students of the Islamic Republic of Gambia.

He was attending a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signing ceremony between the Gambia and IIUI. Both the sides have vowed to strengthen mutual cooperation between the two countries through academic linkages.

The MoU was signed on the occasion of the visit of the Gambian Minister of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology, Prof Dr Aboubacar A Senghore to IIUI.

The Gambian Education Minister, who is also an IIUI Alumni, called on IIUI Rector Dr. Masoom Yasinzai and its President Dr Ahmed Yousif Al-Draiweesh and discussed issues pertaining to bilateral ties.

According to an MoU between both sides it was decided that IIUI would be providing 10 scholarships to the Gambian students and IIUI’s Shariah Academy would provide training to the judges of Gambia.

It was also agreed on the occasion that bilateral exchange of delegations would be initiated and an IIUI delegation would visit Gambian educational institutions by the end of this year. During the Gambian Minister’s meeting with IIUI leadership, he said that IIUI was like a home for him and he told that revisiting his memories at IIUI is a delightful feeling.

He also showed delight on the development of MoU while saying that it would strengthen ties between his government and IIUI. The Gambian minister also spoke to the on campus African students, where he lauded IIUI services and shared his old memories while terming IIUI as a source of his success in his life.  He urged the African students to stay committed to studies and said that they were lucky to be at the hub of learning, the IIUI, which he said is one of the best educational institutions of Muslim world.

Later, a dinner was hosted by the IIUI President in honour of Dr Aboubacar which was also attended by the Vice President IIUI Dr Muhammad Munir Khan, Students Advisor Dr Arshad Zia and other university officials.