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PROFILE: Dr Yusupha Touray, Deputy Permanent Secretary - Technical, MoHERST

PROFILE: Dr Yusupha Touray, Deputy Permanent Secretary - Technical, MoHERST Yusupha Touray, commonly referred to as “Wahey” or “Star Waxh” was born and bred in the sprawling coastal settlement of Gunjur, known for producing numerous intellectuals in both the conventional and Islamic education. The likes of Sheikh Hattab Bojang, Imam Muhammed Lamin Touray, Dr Bakary Nyambi Touray, Dr Pasano Bojang, Dr Musa Touray, Dr Gibril Jassey, Dr Abdourahman Bojang, Imam Sheikh Seedy Ali Janneh, Dr Sabarr Janneh (May his soul rest in peace), and recently Dr Yusupha Wahey Touray, to name a few are some of Gunjurians who have excelled in academia.

Dr Yusupha Touray started his conventional education at the Gunjur Primary School. He proceeded to St Augustine’s High School having passed the then Common Entrance Examination. Having completed High School, he was to go onto to qualify as a teacher at Gambia College and taught for 10 years at basic and secondary education system in The Gambia. In 2006, Dr Touray graduated with a Bachelor's degree in education at the UTG in between teaching at both basic and secondary education system. He then went on to acquire a Master's degree in International Human Resource Development from National Taiwan Normal University in Taiwan. His Thesis for this degree was on "Instructional Analysis and Design of E-learning Training Programme for University Lecturers" in 2009.

Having returned to The Gambia upon completing his Masters degree, Dr Touray took up appointment to lecture HR, Management and Research Methodology at UTG from 2009 - 2010.

Following his appointment as Director of Planning and Research, and later designated as Director of Planning, Budget and Policy Analysis at MoHERST, in 2011, Dr Touray continued to lecture at UTG on part-time basis until recently.

In 2013, he completed a second Masters degree in Education Planning and Management at the UNESCO Institute of Education Planning and Management in Paris (thesis on "Projection and Simulation Modelling of Human Capital Formation".

In February 2021, Dr Yusupha Touray was one of the first to receive a doctorate degree from the UTG. He graduated with a Ph.D. in Public Administration. His Thesis was based on Education Reform Programmes and Higher Education System in The Gambia.

Dr Yusupha Touray with his famliy at graduation ceremony

Dr Yusupha Touray is currently the Deputy Permanent Secretary - Technical at the Ministry of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology.

Asked what he thought about the younger generation and the opportunities for them to excel in academia, Dr Touray told GunjurOnline. “I have confidence in our youth. They are self-driven and have the right level of ambition. The available resources, however, cannot readily match their ambition. That notwithstanding, there are opportunities that can lead any serious minded young Gambian to higher heights.”

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