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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school


Ismaila Ceesay

Ismaila Ceesay
Ismaila Ceesay
The Gambia
MSc in African Studies
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Political Science Lecturer at the University of the Gambia

Why did you decide to apply for the MSc programme in African Studies?

I had always had a passion and a deep-seated interest in African political issues since in high school. However, browsing the net one summery afternoon while in Sweden, I came into contact with the University of Edinburgh's Center for African Studies. It was at this point that my interest for African socio-political issues gathered momentum. Impulsively, I applied for the MSc Programme in African Studies and I got accepted. Needless to say, this was one of the best decisions I have made in my life.

What is like being a student in Edinburgh?

Great, fantastic, exciting, but above all intellectually stimulating. The city is the very epitome of an intellectual citadel. A veritable cocktail of learning and leisure, nature and art. I enjoyed every moment of my association within the Edinburgh intellectual circles.

What are the best memories of this experience?

My times at the reading labs; the Wednesday seminars; stimulating lectures with Dr. Andrew Lawrence; the debate sessions with Dr. Tom Molony; and the social functions organised by CAS.

What have you done since graduating?

I started lecturing at the University of the Gambia. This made me realise the value of the education I acquired at CAS.