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Dr David in a Discussion with Vice Chancellor Right
Dr David in a Discussion with Vice Chancellor (Right)

Dr Franklin David, Associate Dean for Education in the Faculty of Science of the University of Portsmouth (UoP), has paid a working visit to the University of Mines and Technology (UMaT), Tarkwa. Dr Franklin David was accompanied by Nana Fredua Kuma-Mintah, an Almnus of the University of Portsmouth and a Marine Inspector at AECOM. After a short documentary on UMaT was played to the visitors, the Vice Chancellor, Prof J. S. Y. Kuma expressed gratitude to Dr David for making it a point to pay a working visit to UMaT and to get to know what the University was doing.

Dr Franklin David indicated that the visit was to meet with academic staff in the Faculty of Mineral Resource Technology (FMRT) of UMaT with the view to establishing a long-term academic collaboration. He also said that the meeting was to explore possible opportunities, such as staff and student exchanges and/or joint research between the University of Portsmouth and UMaT. He added that UMaT was the only Ghanaian Institution that University of Portsmouth has considered visiting.

He gave a presentation on the core areas of the Faculty of Science and indicated that the Faculty houses the School of Earth Science and Environmental Sciences where they deliver courses at the Bachelors, Masters and PhD levels. The programmes include MSc Engineering Geology, MSc Geological and Environmental Hazards, MSc Environmental Geology and Contamination, MSc Crisis and Disaster Management, MSc Geographical Information Systems and MSc Coastal and Marine Resource Management.

University of Portsmouth is a public university on the south coast of England and ranked 25th overall in the UK. He indicated that UoP was very strong in several engineering disciplines especially in Geoscience education for over 50 years and that the University has a lot of environmental equipment for the practical training of their students.

A Group Picture with the Visiting Team
A Group Picture with the Visiting Team

Prof Kuma informed Dr Franklin David that UMaT always took practical training of her students very seriously and as a result the University had entered into an agreement with DANIDA for a mixed tied credit facility to procure Environmental Monitoring Laboratory Equipment which are currently being installed. According to him, the Environmental Monitoring Laboratory will change the face of scientific research in the University. He also indicated that to make our students more versatile in the international market, especially Ghana’s neighbouring countries, the French Language has been introduced for all first years and very soon it would be upgraded for all students to have a working knowledge in French.

Dr Franklin David expressed satisfaction for the meeting and indicated that UoP had attracted a number of UMaT graduates. He announced that in 2018 one UMaT graduate had been awarded the SEES Scholarship and was pursuing an MSc in Engineering Geology. Nana Fredua in his remarks praised some UMaT students who were doing very well as compared with other students in his Company.  

At the end of the discussions the meeting agreed to facilitate more meaningful collaborations in research and course development. Also, Prof Kuma indicated that the discussions should focus on split PhD for Staff Development which will give the candidate exposure and also to continue to explore for more scholarship opportunities.  A Memorandum of Understanding was to be drafted for the consideration of both sides very soon.

Also present at the meeting were Assoc Prof V. A. Temeng, the Pro Vice Chancellor, Mr A. K. Doku, the Registrar of UMaT, Prof Newton Amegbey, the Dean of Office of International Programmes, Assoc Prof S. Ndur, the Vice Dean of the Faculty of Mineral Resources Technology, Dr Anthony Ewusi, the Vice Dean of Office of International Programmes, Dr S. Mantey, the Head of the Department of Petroleum Engineering and Mr Paul Yeboah, the University Relations Officer.

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