New Mexico Tech University Signs MoU with UMaT

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Prof Kuma Signing the MoU while Dr Wells looks on
Prof Kuma Signing the MoU while Dr Wells looks on

In the spirit of academic relations and co-operation, the Vice Chancellor, Prof J. S. Y. Kuma on behalf of the University of Mines and Technology, Tarkwa, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with New Mexico Tech University at a short ceremony held in the Office of the Vice Chancellor. The President of New Mexico Tech University, Prof Stephen G. Wells, signed on behalf of his University. Prof Wells said that their visit was a follow up to the first one they undertook to UMaT in April this year to seek collaboration with the aim of providing a mutually beneficial framework within which UMaT and New Mexico Tech could work together to achieve shared goals.

Prof Stephen G. Wells was in the company of the Director of Petroleum, Recovery, Research Center of the University, Prof Robert S. Balch, Prof Navid Mojtabai, the Chairman of the Mineral Engineering Department and Prof Tan C. Nguyen, the Chair of the Department of Petroleum Engineering.

Prof Wells indicated that the MoU would make it possible for some Professors of New Mexico Tech to organise short courses for UMaT Faculty at UMaT, staff and student exchanges between both Universities and for New Mexico Tech to provide support for UMaT staff to visit New Mexico Tech in the USA. He called for appointment of staff from both sides who would act as ‘Local Champions’ and to ensure that the tenets of the MoU were kept alive all the time.  

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 Prof Wells for making it a point to visit UMaT for the second time in the year and to sign the MoU. He also thanked the Team for their determination to come and see what UMaT was doing.

A Group Picture of the Visiting Team and the UMaT Team
A Group Picture of the Visiting Team and the UMaT Team

The main purpose of the MoU is to foster collaboration, provide opportunity for global experience and facilitate advancement of knowledge on the basis of reciprocity, best effort, mutual benefit and frequent interactions between New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology and the University of Mines and Technology in the fields of education and research.  To ensure that these goals were achieved, the two Universities would invite academic representatives to participate in symposia, conferences, short courses and meetings on research issues; promote institutional exchanges by inviting faculty and students of the partner institution to participate in a variety of teaching and/or research activities and professional development; co-operate in joint research programmes in areas of mutual interest; and exchange information pertaining to developments in teaching, student development, and research at each institution. Both UMaT and New Mexico Tech will also receive selected postgraduate and undergraduate students of the partner institutions for a period of study, project work or research; provide joint tutoring and supervision by the academic staff in graduation projects and doctoral theses as deemed appropriate by both institutions; and engage in any other form of educational, scientific or technical co-operation on agreement between the two parties concerned.

Also present at the signing ceremony were Mr A. K. Doku, the Registrar of UMaT, Prof Newton Amegbey, Director of University Laboratories, Assoc Prof Grace Ofori-Sarpong, Dean of Faculty of Mineral Resources Technology, Assoc Prof Mrs Patricia Mireku-Gyimah, Dean of International Programmes, Dr Eric Broni-Bediako, the Head of the Department of Petroleum Engineering and Mr Paul Yeboah, the University Relations Officer.


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

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