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UMaT Launches a Department of Management Studies  

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The University of Mines and Technology (UMaT), Tarkwa has launched a new Department of Management Studies in the Faculty of Integrated Management Science at a clolourful ceremony at the University. The new Department was established to give meaning to the UMaT Act, (2004), Act 677 which mandates the University to establish a Faculty of Integrated Management Science to give the needed tools and skills to managers of mining and allied companies in the country. As a start, the Department will run two programmes in Master of Business and Technology Management and MSc Engineering Management.  
 
In his address to launch the Department, the Vice Chancellor, Prof J. S. Y. Kuma reiterated the resolve of the University not to deviate from its core mandate of providing quality engineering and management education to its students. He assured prospective students to the Department of the best quality in the programmes that will be run by the Department since according to him UMaT is the best publicly funded University in the country.  He indicated that the introduction of the two masters programmes will help many people who want to study for a masters programme to come to UMaT instead of having to travel to either Kumasi, Cape Coast or Accra to access similar programmes. 
 
Prof Kuma called on prospective applicants to consider enrolling in the programmes in the Department of Management Studies because, according to him, they are assured of the best quality education. He indicated that the programmes would be run during the weekends and as a result they will be suitable for workers within Tarkwa and its environs. He further announced that a Master of Science in Mine Administration would also be introduced soon to strengthen the managerial capacity of managers in the mining companies.
 
The Dean of the Faculty of Integrated Management Science (FIMS), Prof Newton Amegbey was hopeful that although there were many management programmes being run by various Universities in the country, those from UMaT would be run with a difference adding that UMaT as an Engineering and Technology Institution already had the track record for the training of the best quality students. He indicated that the Masters programmes were opened to all disciplines applicants with a good first degree in any discipline. Prof Amegbey said that just as UMaT has been involved in the training of people who manage the technical aspects of the mining companies, the Department of Management Studies was being established to train students who would be equipped to manage the business aspects of engineering.
 
The Head of Department of the Department of Management Studies, Dr Anthony Ewusi, called on stakeholders to come to the aid of the Department by supporting their workers to enroll in the masters programmes. He further indicated that the programmes would be organised during the weekends and therefore would save many workers from travelling long distances to access the similar programmes elsewhere. 
 
The Department will also run a one year Certificate course in Small Scale Mining and Quarry Administration during the weekends to equip existing and prospective small scale miners with the necessary skills to manage their concessions efficiently and also practice responsible mining.   
 
Source: Paul Y. A. Yeboah, Assistant Registrar (University Relations)
 

His Excellency Former President John Agyekum Kufuor Appointed Chancellor of UMaT

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The Council of the University of Mines and Technology (UMaT), Tarkwa at its 62nd (Regular) Meeting held on 15th September, 2017 appointed His Excellency Former President John Agyekum Kufuor as Chancellor of the University. President Kufuor has thus become the first Chancellor to be appointed by this University. The appointment makes President Kufuor the Titular Head of the University and he will preside at the ceremonies of the University and confer on qualified persons all degrees, diplomas and certificates awarded by the University.
 
The University Council, acting on a recommendation of a Search Committee, appointed President Kufuor to a first term of five years and to be renewed for another term of five years. His appointment took effect from 1st November, 2017.
 
President Kufuor was born on 8th December, 1938 at Kumasi (Ghana). He was called to the Bar at Lincoln Inn, London (1959-1961) and obtained a BA Honours Degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Exeter College, University of Oxford (1961-1964). He also holds an MA in Economics from Oxford.
His Excellency John Agyekum Kufuor served two terms as president of the Republic of Ghana from 2001–2009. 
 
During his presidency, he served as Chairperson of the African Union (2007–2008) during which he supervised the peaceful resolution of the electoral conflict in Kenya in 2008, among others. He was also Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) for two terms (2003–2005) and saw to the successful negotiations that brought peace and major post-war reconstruction to Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast and Liberia. 
Earlier in his career, he was twice elected as Member of Parliament (1969–1972) and (1979–1981). He served as a Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs (1969-1972), and represented Ghana’s delegation to the United Nations (UN) in 1970; Secretary for Local Government, and Chief Legal Officer and City Manager of Kumasi, the second largest city in Ghana. 
 
Under his presidency, Ghana witnessed the fastest growth in its history; attaining a lower Middle-Income status by 2006 much earlier than the projected year of 2015 as envisaged under her own development agenda and GDP growth reached a record of 8.4% between 2007 and 2008, even in the midst of the international financial and economic crises.
He introduced a Health Insurance Scheme, with free maternal care for pregnant women, under which about 56% of the population was registered in its early years and also instituted the Free School Feeding programme to provide one nutritious meal a day for school children from kindergarten (age four), to Junior High School (age 16).
 
Under President Kufuor, the Ghana’s Agricultural Extension Services programme was reactivated and special attention paid to educating cocoa farmers on best practices.  As a result, between 2002 and 2005, cocoa production in Ghana, the world’s second largest producer, doubled from 350,000 tonnes to 734,000 tonnes a year, an all-time record in more than a century of cocoa production in the country. Using similar measures, production of food crops, livestock and fish increased tremendously and poverty levels in Ghana were cut in half early in his administration.
 
Under his watch, Ghana experienced a very robust infrastructural development in the areas of roads, schools and hospitals, among others.
 
In retirement, President Kufuor has set up the John A Kufuor Foundation on Leadership, Governance and Development. In 2011 he was named joint-winner of the World Food Prize for Food and Agriculture with former Brazilian President Lula da Silva.
 
He is currently a Global Ambassador against Hunger for the UN World Food Programme, Chairman of the UN Interpeace Program, Chairman of the Sanitation and Water for All Partnership, Global Envoy for the Neglected Tropical Diseases Alliance, and Lead Advocate for the Partnership for Child Development.
 
Other positions President Kufuor holds include: President of the Italian Development Organisation, Alliance for Africa, member of Club de Madrid; Director of Brenthurst Foundation of South Africa, Director of the Leon Sullivan Foundation, Director of the Netherlands Development Corporation, and a member of the Global Citizenship Commission tasked with updating the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights. 
 
President Kufuor was one of 10 distinguished global leaders tasked to work on the reform of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. 
He has served as a leader of several election monitoring delegations to several African countries under the auspices of the African Union and ECOWAS. 
 
President Kufuor has received numerous awards including, the Chatham House prize for Good Leadership by Queen Elizabeth II of Britain, Germany's highest national award - the Bundesverskkreuz by former President Horst Kohler, Liberia's highest award of the Grand Cordon in the Most Venerable Order of the Knighthood of the Pioneers for helping to return peace to that country. 
 
He has received several honorary doctoral degrees from universities in Britain, Nigeria, Ghana and South Korea. 
 
The new University was inaugurated by His Excellency President Kufuor on 18th August, 2005 and he is now appointed as the first Chancellor.
 
 
Source: Paul Y. A. Yeboah, Assistant Registrar (University Relations)
 

UMaT Organises 2nd Young Ladies Summit

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The Inter-Denominational Chaplaincy Board of the University of Mines and Technology, Tarkwa has organised a one day seminar for young ladies of the University as part of the Annual Thanksgiving Service. The theme for the seminar was “The Unstoppable Woman” and was chaired by Assoc Prof Grace Ofori-Sarpong, Head of the Department of Petroleum Engineering. Prof Ofori-Sarpong said that as ladies they would encounter lots of pressure but they should ensure that they were able to withstand them as they go about their studies since according to her they have been made fearfully by God. She said they should see themselves as brands and never let their brand to be abused.

The Vice Chancellor, Prof J. S. Y. Kuma also graced the occasion as a guest of honour and delivered the welcome address. The Vice Chancellor admonished the ladies to take their time management seriously since according to him, attending programmes late was not going to help them to achieve their desired goals in life. He thanked Rev Mrs Happy Crenstil for accepting to come to UMaT to be the Special Guest of Honour for the 2nd Ladies Summit.

Rev Mrs Happy Crenstil is a well sought after conference speaker and resource person in various local and international groups and churches including Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship International both in Ghana and abroad.Rev Mrs Georgina Happy Crenstil, is the founder of Courageous Women International and the Executive Vice President of DOXA Global Incorporated in the USA and Ghana. Mrs Crenstil thanked the Vice Chancellor for inviting her to be the special guest of honour at the 2nd ladies summit to interact with the female students of the University. According to her, in a lot of ways, the University provided the young ladies with the opportunity to grow and learn as persons, to discover who they were, and create friendships and experiences that will last them a lifetime.

She told the ladies that she came to the summit with the aim to stir them up and to put their destiny in focus with the kingdom’s direction and to position them mentally, psychologically, spiritually, emotionally and physically so that they would leave the summit grounds being totally changed persons and also that when they were finally done with their studies and the world of work they would be found as relevant ladies to the society.  She told them that the unstoppable woman was the woman that was strategically positioned in a certain place in God.  

She used Mary the mother of Jesus Christ as an example of a woman who had been positioned by God and said Mary had opened the door for every woman to be positioned ready for God in any given time that God needed a woman and so that woman would become unstoppable, unmovable, strategic for God and relevant to her generation.

Finally, she told the ladies to hold on to their faith and to live under the grace of God. She explained that it was important for them to realise that the University community was one of the most diverse environments they would ever find themselves. They would come into contact with a lot of people who believe in different things but for the ladies she said they should not lose sight of their faith. She admonished them never to underestimate the power of prayer in their academic lives. She continued to advise them that when faced with challenges and there seemed to be no way out, they should put their trust in the Lord for He who had begun a good thing in them will see them through to the end. She advised them to keep the right company.

 

Source: Paul Y.A. Yeboah,Assistant Registrar (University Relations)

Welfare, Occupational, Health and Wellness Matters

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a. The University of Mines and Technology has as a duty of care to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health and safety of our employees in the discharge of their duties. 

b. Please report any accidents where injury has resulted to enable prompt investigation into the circumstances for any necessary action regarding Workman Compensation. 
c. Periodic health screening shall be conducted for staff as part of our preventive health scheme. 


Housing 

The University strives to provide accommodation for staff (where applicable) on or outside campus. Newly recruited staff are encouraged to secure their own accommodation. The Estate Section shall provide the necessary assistance and where applicable, the University may advance rent loans to staff (on application) towards rent.

Regulations governing allocation of Housing Units (click to download).
Application Forms on –Campus Accommodation (click to download).


Immigration Compliance for International Faculty

International Faculty are encouraged to visit http://www.ghanaimmigration.org/ for further information of Immigration compliance.

Welcome Pack for Staff

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Senior Members

Criteria for Promotion
Sabbatical Employment 
Post-Retirement Contract
Code of Conduct for Senior Members 
Housing Policy Guidelines for sponsorship to attend Conferences 
Bio data form
Application for Post-Retirement Contract form
Hospital form for Dependants
Hospital form for Staff
Medical Examination Form
Permission to travel Form
Resumption of Duty Form
Staff Casual leave Form
Maternity Leave Form
Staff Concession Form
Clearance Certificate


Senior Staff

Criteria for Promotion 
Unified conditions of service
Housing Policy
Hospital form for Dependants
Hospital form for Staff
Medical Examination Form
Permission to travel Form
Resumption of Duty Form
Staff Casual leave Form
Staff Concession Form
Clearance Certificate


Junior Staff 

Criteria for Promotion
Unified conditions of service
Housing Policy 
Hospital form for Dependants
Hospital form for Staff
Medical Examination Form
Permission to travel Form
Resumption of Duty Form
Staff Casual leave Form
Maternity Leave Form 
Staff Concession Form
Clearance Certificate

Training and Development

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In order to enhance employee personal and professional effectiveness, the University offers study leave (where applicable) to all categories of staff. The Unit also continues to initiate and advise staff on continuous professional development, and organise a range of workshops for all Professional Services staff (including technical and operational staff).

Pensions

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The University of Mines and Technology operates two pension regimes namely the Ghana Universities Staff Superannuation Scheme (GUSSS) for Senior Members and Government of Ghana SSNIT Pension Scheme for Senior and Junior Staff. Senior Members who at the time of employment cannot meet the mandatory minimum number of years for shall be put on the SSNIT Pension Scheme. All employees are required to fill a form nominating their next of kin. The form in a sealed envelope should be sent to the Human Resource Unit.



Discipline

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Discipline of Senior Members in the University

The following extract from the University’s Statutes, 2012 provides the rules governing Discipline of Senior Members in the University. 
Statute 39 (2) states that:

a. There shall be established a Disciplinary Committee to determine cases affecting Senior Members referred to it by the Vice Chancellor. Disciplinary offences shall include those enumerated in the Code of Conduct for Senior Members and others which may be provided for by rules and regulations as provided for in Schedule G to these statutes.

b. The Disciplinary Committee shall be composed of the following: i. Pro Vice Chancellor - Chairman ii. Two (2) members elected by the Academic Board who shall be of professorial status iii. Two (2) members elected by Convocation who shall hold appointment as Heads of Department or Unit or Centre. iv. The quorum for the transaction of business of the Disciplinary Committee shall be three, and no business shall be transacted by the Committee in the absence of the Pro Vice Chancellor. The Committee may at its discretion invite any other person to be in attendance. v. The Registrar shall be Member/Secretary to the Committee. In the absence of the Registrar, any one appointed to serve as Secretary shall be of the rank not below that of Deputy Registrar.

c. The Disciplinary Committee shall have power to recommend to the Vice Chancellor the imposition of any of the penalties stipulated in 1(c) of this Statute.

d. The recommendations of the Disciplinary Committee and the action taken by the Vice Chancellor shall be communicated by the Vice Chancellor to Council at its next meeting.

e. In all proceedings of the Disciplinary Committee, the Senior Member affected shall be entitled to written notice of the grounds on which the proceedings are initiated and the right of appearance before the Committee for the purpose of explaining his conduct.

f. In all proceedings of the Disciplinary Committee, the Senior Member affected shall be entitled to call witnesses on his behalf and the Committee shall similarly be entitled to call and to hear witnesses.

g. A Senior Member adversely affected by any decision of the Vice Chancellor, after consideration of the recommendation of the Disciplinary Committee shall be entitled, within fourteen days of the receipt of the decision, to petition the Vice Chancellor for a review of the decision. Where he is dissatisfied with the review, he may appeal to Council against such a decision. The decision of Council shall be final.

h. Where a Senior Member has been charged with a disciplinary offence which in the opinion of the Vice Chancellor is serious or prejudicial to the proper discharge of the duties of the Senior Member concerned, the Vice Chancellor, as the Chief Disciplinary Officer of the University, may, in pursuance of his powers under Statute (7a), interdict the Senior Member. It shall be the duty of the Vice Chancellor to ensure that the matter is determined as expeditiously as possible. The Vice Chancellor shall report to Council at its next meeting the circumstances leading to any action taken.


Discipline of Staff other than Senior Members in the University 

a. Any member of the University being a Senior Staff or Junior Staff as defined in Statute 1 may, for good cause, be disciplined by the Vice Chancellor in accordance with the Unified Conditions of Service for Unionised Staff of the Public Universities of Ghana and others which may be provided for by rules and regulations as mentioned in Schedule G to these Statutes. The Vice Chancellor may delegate such authority, subject to such procedures as he considers appropriate.

b. The person concerned must be notified in writing of the grounds on which disciplinary action is being taken against him and must be given reasonable opportunity to defend himself before a disciplinary committee constituted by the Vice Chancellor.
 

The following are the penalties that may be imposed for breaches of discipline by all staff:

a. Dismissal 
b. Termination of appointment 
c. Suspension for a stated period with or without pay
d. Reduction in rank or grade 
e. Deferment of increment, i.e. postponement of the date on which the next increment is due, with corresponding postponement in subsequent years.
f. Stoppage of increment, i.e. non-payment for specified period of an increment otherwise due. 
g. Forfeiture of pay for a stated period 
h. Interdiction
i. Removal from position
j. Warning