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PhD: Pay off for the man who takes the road less travelled

Dr Musa Touray From the sprawling coastal town of Gunjur which, until a decade ago lacked running water and electricity, Musa Touray harbored bigger dreams than his immediate environs availed. From his sojourn in the small African country of The Gambia, he commenced his academic journey at one of the country’s better known professional institutions, Management Development Institute (MDI). There he majored in Cisco Computer Networking. Still possessed of the will to stench his thirst for education, he proceeded to National Taipei University of Technology (NTUT) from 2007 to 2011 where he bagged a Bachelors’ Degree in Computer Science & Electrical Engineering. Whereas most people sink into a state of satisfaction with a Bachelors’ degree, Musa raised the bar a tad higher by successfully enrolling in Taipei Medical University from 2011 to 2013, graduating with a Master’s Degree in Bioinformatics. In his penultimate academic quest, he attended Taipei Medical University from 2014 to 2018 bagging a Doctorate Degree in Bioinformatics having successfully defended his thesis. Heralding the accomplishment of his latest academic goal on Facebook, Musa Writes: “I thank the Almighty GOD that last Thursday 11 January 2018 I passed my Doctorate Degree exam in Bioinformatics at Taipei Medical University. May this rare opportunity come with prosperity Amen”.

Dr. Musa Touray defending his thesis

Prodded what next for him, Musa postulated: “I Intend to improve the biomedical research and clinical care by integrating experimental and clinical information systems In the Gambia.I am working on collaboration work between Taipei Medical University and University of The Gambia because I feel that when it comes to clinical research programs, UTG does not have clear directions of it’s studies”.

He added: “I can tell you that good research and development is the only road to making new discoveries . The western world has better healthcare systems because of research.

It helps to counter the development of new diseases that are a threat to humanity. I conducted research work for SWAZILAND and Taiwan Centre for Disease Control on the design of electronic surveillance systems to detect the outbreak of infectious diseases. These are things we need in The Gambia because prevention is better than cure”.

We wish Dr. Musa Touray all the very best in his career path and hope that his remarkable achievement from a humble beginnings inspires the young and upcoming generations. His educational achievements would not have been possbble without hardwork, persistence and discipline. With that, we leave you with the words of Maya Angelou, thus:

“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” – Maya Angelou

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