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Prof Wells Sitting 2nd from Right and Prof Balch Sitting Left in a Group Picture with the UMaT Team
Prof Wells Sitting 2nd from Right and Prof Balch Sitting Left in a Group Picture with the UMaT Team

The President of New Mexico Tech University, Prof Stephen G. Wells, in the company of the Director of Petroleum, Recovery, Research Center of the University, Prof Robert S. Balch have paid a day’s working visit to the University of Mines and Technology (UMaT), Tarkwa.

After a short introduction of the team from UMaT to the delegation, the Vice Chancellor, Prof J. S. Y. Kuma expressed the gratitude of the University to them for their determination to visit UMaT. He thanked them for their determination to come and see what UMaT was doing.

Prof Wells said that their visit was to establish a relationship with UMaT with the aim of providing a mutually beneficial framework within which UMaT and New Mexico Tech could work together to achieve shared goals. According to him, New Mexico Tech ranked among the best in research in Science in the United States of America.

He further indicated that New Mexico Tech University was almost the same size as UMaT in terms of population and therefore they were ready to build international collaboration with UMaT with the hope that they would attract students to study in New Mexico Tech, especially graduate studies, because according to him students from Ghana were well prepared to study. He praised UMaT for producing high calibre students who were well prepared to take on graduate studies.  He added that there were scholarship opportunities available for graduate students which UMaT students could take advantage of.

Prof Kuma informed them that UMaT is a University that was noted for producing practically oriented graduates and added that an engineer must use his or her hands in order to perform as an engineer in the work place. He said further that it was exactly what UMaT was offering her students and added that because of the practical training our students receive from this University, they always leave a positive mark wherever they found themselves.

Prof Wells Making a Presentation to some Students
Prof Wells Making a Presentation to some Students

Prof Wells said that, New Mexico Tech took Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) very seriously and further indicated that they had modified the STEM and included Entrepreneurship to make it Science, Technology, Engineering, Entrepreneurship and Mathematics (STEEM) to emphasise the importance of entrepreneurship as part of the training they give to their students. This was to make their Alumni very successful future entrepreneurs.

Prof Kuma also informed them that as part of the practical training we give to our students, the University organises an Innovation and Career Fair annually for the students to bring to light their ideas through a competition and the projects that emerge the best are awarded. At the end of the discussions the meeting agreed that the President of New Mexico Tech should send a draft Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for UMaT to study and make inputs. After the discussions, the visiting team took turns to make presentations about their University to a section of Students from the Faculty of Mineral Resources Technology at the UMaT Mini Auditorium

Also present at the meeting were Assoc Prof V. A. Temeng, the Pro Vicechancellor, Mr A. K. Doku, the Registrar of UMaT, Assoc Prof Grace Ofori-Sarpong, Dean of Faculty of Mineral Resources Technology Assoc Prof S. Ndur, the Vice Dean of the Faculty of Mineral Resources Technology, Dr Saviour Mantey, the Head of the Department of Petroleum Engineering and Mr Paul Yeboah, the University Relations Officer. The Team later made a presentation to some final year students at the Mini Auditorium.


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