The Pro-Vice-Chancellor works closely with the Vice-Chancellor and the Registrar as well as with other senior colleagues to ensure appropriate management and integration of all University business. After serving the University of the Gambia for more than a decade since 2002, Dr. Omar Jah has been appointed by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation as Pro-Vice Chancellor, Islamic University of Technology (IUT) Dhaka, Bangladesh since 2016.
Dr. Omar Jah, is a man with a humble beginning, born to two parent farmers in Fass Omar Saho, a village in Lower Niumi, District in the Gambia. His parents came from a Daarah background and did their best to also inculcate in him the cardinal virtues of daarah (quality education based on revealed knowledge) which designed his road map and shaped his thoughts all together.
His educational career started with the recitation and memorization of the Holy Qur’an in his village, Lower Niumi, under the supervision of his father. He ended by memorizing the Holy Qur’an at an early age in Touba Belel, Senegal. He later attended Muslim Senior Secondary School where he obtained a secondary school certificate. He proceeded to Algeria where he learnt French and obtained a diploma in techniques of Islamic propagation, and to Egypt where he obtained an A Level, and BA from al-Azhar University, specializing in the Shari’ah and Civil Law Studies in classical Arabic, graduated in 1992. He later in 1995 obtained Masters degree in Comparative Law (MCL) specializing in public International Law with a thesis on the Law of the Sea in 1995 and a Ph.D. in 1999 both from Malaysia, both the thesis and the dissertation were written in English
He joined the University of the Gambia in 2002 upon an invitation sent to him in Malaysia where he was lecturing at the International Islamic University (IIUM). Upon his arrival in the country, he was appointed as lecturer (I) in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, where he established a department of Islamic and Arabic Language Studies and actively participated in establishing faculty of Law. He developed the curriculum of the department and headed the unit for 6 years. For over fifteen years, He has handled full time teaching, community service and research loads, publishing a number of articles and a book in peer reviewed journals.
Furthermore, serving as Deputy Vice Chancellor since 2010, he has fulfilled his technical supervision role over all Deans and administrative units of the University for over 5 years reporting directly to the Vice Chancellor; he also served as an Ag. Vice Chancellor in 2015. He served as an active member of both the University Senate and Governing Council since 2006 participating in formilating different policies and university protocols. During the period, he chaired many technical committees, supervised many collaborative projects such as African Virtual University (AVU), Erasmus Mundus KITE, West African Science Service (WASCAL) and many more. Dr. Jah served in many organizations and boards; Chairman,ISESCO Advisory Board (Gambia Chapter), Law Reform Commission of the Gambia and former member of the ISESCO Body of Scientific Ethics, Rabat, Morocco. Dr. Jah received many national and international awards such as *-Ta'aruf (Interfaith dialogue) Libyan Award 2005 and *-The National Award of the Republic of the Gambia by the president of the Republic, 2006.