Western North Regional Minister Pays a Familiarisation Visit to UMaT

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Hon Aboagye Gyedu Sitting Right in a Group Picture with the VC and other UMaT Officials
Hon Aboagye Gyedu Sitting Right in a Group Picture with the VC and other UMaT Officials

The Western North Regional Minister, Hon Kingsley Aboagye-Gyedu has paid a visit to the University of Mines and Technology to seek collaboration with the University on the establishment of a UMaT campus in the new Region. At a courtesy call on the Vice Chancellor, Prof J. S. Y. Kuma in his Office, the Regional Minister informed him that the Regional Administration in association with the Chiefs had decided that as part of the long term development plan of the Region, they would need to start a tertiary training institution and so had earmarked a building block at Bibiani which originally was meant for a Nursing Training School to be used for the establishment of a University Campus to serve the people in the Region.  He, therefore, decided to visit UMaT to start discussions about the possibility for the start of that project. He indicated that he was aware of the great things UMaT was doing and, therefore, thought it wise to approach the University, which is the best public funded University in the country, for that collaboration.  

Prof Kuma thanked Hon Aboagye-Gyedu for recognising the importance of UMaT and for coming to know what was going on in the University and to seek for the collaboration. Prof Kuma made a short presentation about the history of the University and also gave him a rundown of some of the achievements and successes the University had chalked over the years including the recent one which UMaT beat the University of Ghana and the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in a National Gas Challenge Quiz Competition organised by Ghana National Gas Company in Accra on the 12th November, 2019.

He also told the Hon Minister that UMaT was the best public funded University in Ghana today because the University had the best Student-Teacher Ratio in science and engineering in the country and a very strong quality assurance system and the most compliant of the standards and norms of the NCTE and NAB.

Prof Kuma was happy the Minister had made that move but he indicated that the University was hard pressed with limited staff, funding and basic equipment to start a programme out of the main campus. He however assured the Hon Minister that the University was ready to partner the Regional Administration if only the University would be assured of the needed initial support.

The Hon Minister intimated that their wish would be for UMaT to start with some certificate courses that would serve as the nucleus of the campus to offer the needed training in short courses for the youth in the Region. These courses, according to him, would allow the Mining Companies there to offer jobs to the young people in the catchment area in the short term. He congratulated UMaT for the achievements and successes chalked so far and hoped that the collaboration would yield the needed results in the near future. It was agreed that UMaT would arrange for a fact finding visit to the Region very soon for a proposal to be submitted subsequently for the Hon Minister’s consideration.

Also present at the meeting were Assoc Prof V. A. Temeng, the Pro Vice Chancellor, Mr A. K. Doku, the Registrar, Dr Issaka Yakubu, the Head of Department of Computer Science and Engineering and Mr Paul Yeboah, the Head of the University Relations Office.



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

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