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Prof Kuma Delivering the Matriculation Speech
Prof Kuma Delivering the Matriculation Speech

The 14th Matriculation Ceremony to formally welcome newly admitted first year students into the University of Mines and Technology, Tarkwa has been held at the main Auditorium of the University. The Vice Chancellor, Prof J. S. Y. Kuma said that whilst the university continues to receive large numbers of applications for admission each year, many qualified applicants get turned down due to limited facilities such as classrooms, laboratories and other necessary infrastructure to aid total learning experience. According to Prof Kuma, for the 2018/2019 academic year, the university received a total of 2,292 applicants out of which only 597 students were admitted. The University also admitted 95 postgraduate students to pursue various programmes leading to the award of MSc, Mphil and PhD degrees. This year, a total of 19 international students from countries such as Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Mali, Cameroon, Chad, Kenya and the Gambia also gained admission to pursue various programmes in the University.

Professor Kuma Said “I would like to inform you that the University you have chosen for your higher education is reputed to be the best public funded University in the country today”. He said UMaT was the best because we always try to maintain our Student-Teacher Ratio to the National Council for Tertiary education (NCTE) standard in science and engineering so that our students would acquire the needed attention and practical skills from their lecturers. He indicated that UMaT lecturers, who are some of the finest in the country, are also highly motivated to give off their best for the benefit of all students because of the manageable class sizes in the University. “We are also the best because we have one of the best Quality Assurance Systems in the country”, he added.

Professor Kuma reminded the matriculants that in UMaT, one of the hallmarks was that theory and practical exercises were well blended in the state of the art laboratories in the University and in the field. He emphasised that their first priority was, therefore, to study hard to acquire a degree or a diploma from this University in order to open opportunities for them in the future.

A section of the Students Taking the Matriculation Oath
A section of the Students Taking the Matriculation Oath

Prof Kuma said “To be able to realise your aspirations and the reasons why you decided to come to this University, you need to study very hard to turn your dreams into reality”. He admonished the Matriculants to take their studies seriously by attending lectures regularly, carrying out all their assignments, avoiding deviant behaviour and other vices especially drug abuse such as taking Tramadol popularly called “Tramol”, Indian hemp and cocaine. He further indicated that in UMaT there is a zero tolerance for occultism, any form of hooliganism and corruption.

Prof Kuma also highlighted on some of the achievements of the University as a way of inspiring the fresh students to work hard during their stay in UMaT.  He said the University had won several awards because of the quality of the programmes which are run. These programmes according to Prof Kuma continue to improve year in year out due to the devotion of the staff to the work they do. The result of this, according to him, is that UMaT’s graduates have always become very valuable and competitive in the national and international markets, especially in the mining and allied industries.

Present at the ceremony were Mr Isaac Kwakye, the Municipal Coordinating Director who represented the Municipal Chief Executive, Headmasters of Senior High Schools with the highest number of students enrolled and Headmasters from Senior High Schools in the University’s catchment area.

Source: Paul Y. A. Yeboah, Head, University Relations Office