UMaT Beats University of Ghana and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology to Lift Maiden Ghana Gas Quiz Challenge Trophy

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The Winners Displaying their Dummy Cheque in a Group Picture with CEO of Ghana Gas 3rd from Right MP for Tarkwa Right Dean of FMRT 2nd Left and Chair of Ghana Gas Board Left
The Winners Displaying their Dummy Cheque in a Group Picture with CEO of Ghana Gas 3rd from Right MP for Tarkwa Right Dean of FMRT 2nd Left and Chair of Ghana Gas Board Left

The University of Mines and Technology (UMaT), Tarkwa has beaten the University of Ghana and the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology to lift the maiden Tertiary Edition of the Gas Challenge Quiz Competition organised by the Ghana National Gas Company. The competition was organised as part of the company’s effort at bridging the gap between industry and academia as well as educating the public on the operations of the company and also gas related matters. 

The University of Ghana and the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology were the winners of the Zone 1 and Zone 3 respectively at the preliminary stages of the competition. UMaT emerged the winners of the Zone 2 competition which was keenly contested by the University of Cape Coast (UCC) and Takoradi Technical University (TTU). This was a 5-Round knockout competition. At the end of the 5th Round, UMaT emerged winners with 73.5 points followed by TTU with 46 points and then UCC with 45 points.

UMaT Student Supporters at the Grand Finale
UMaT Student Supporters at the Grand Finale

The final event which was held at the College of Physicians and Surgeons Auditorium in Accra saw a packed room of supporters who had come to cheer up their respective teams. The five rounds of the quiz which was heated saw the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology leading the competition through to the fourth round and UMaT took over the final round to win the competition with 91 points as against 80 points and 64 points for Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and University of Ghana respectively. 

The CEO of the Ghana National Gas Company, Dr. Ben K. D. Asante in his opening remarks emphasised the importance of such a project and indicated the commitment of Ghana National Gas Company to bridging the gap between academia and industry in the gas industry.

UMaT took home a cash prize of GH¢10,000.00, laptops for all contestants, a citation and winners plaque. As part of the prize Ghana Gas will refurbish and stock a laboratory for the University and offer an 8-week fully sponsored industrial attachment with the company’s operational site.  The 1st runner up, the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology took home a cash prize of GH¢5,000.00, laptops for the contestants, citation and plaque. The 2nd runner up, the University of Ghana took home a cash prize of GH¢3,000.00, laptops for the participants and a plague and citation.

A Group Picture of the Winners and Some Officials of the University after Presenting their Prizes to the Vice Chancellor
A Group Picture of the Winners and Some Officials of the University after Presenting their Prizes to the Vice Chancellor

After arriving from the competition, the Dean of the Faculty of Mineral Resources and Technology, Assoc Prof Grace Ofori Sarpong in the company of the Head of the Department of Petroleum Engineering, Dr Eric Broni-Bediako, the Coach, Dr Richard Amorin and Mr Alexander Ofori Mensah the Trainer, together with the three contestants were at the Office of the Vice Chancellor to present the trophy and awards to him. The Vice Chancellor, Prof J. S. Y. Kuma expressed the University’s profound gratitude to the team for making UMaT proud and for raising the bar of the maiden challenge that high. Prof Kuma indicated that he was very happy that the contestants showed excellence on that occasion. He advised them to work hard during the period of their internship because that can launch them an important opportunity in industry. Prof Kuma also informed them that there would be opportunities in academia too when the Gas Engineering Programme at the School of Petroleum Studies is rolled out very soon and so they should avail themselves of the opportunities when they present themselves.

Also present at the Vice Chancellor’s Office were the Pro Vice Chancellor, Assoc Prof V. A. Temeng and the University Relations Officer, Mr Paul Yeboah.

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

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