UMaT Receives a Delegation from ParisTech Schools in France

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A Group Photograph of the Team from ParisTech and UMaT Staff
A Group Photograph of the Team from ParisTech and UMaT Staff

A high powered delegation from ParisTech Schools, France has paid a working visit to the University of Mines and Technology (UMaT), Tarkwa. The delegation was led by Mrs Florence Lelait, the General Delegate and accompanied by Mr Jean-Antoine Faby, Director of the Agro ParisTech “SUEZ–General Management of the Urban water and sanitation services” chair, Mr Fethi Bedioui, Director of International Relations, Chimie ParisTech, Mrs Adèle Bressy, Researcher on water issues, Ecole des Ponts ParisTech and Mrs Isabelle Thenevin, Researcher in geology, Mines ParisTech. The delegation was also accompanied by the Technical Advisor in Charge of France-Ghana Higher Education Co-operation of the French Embassy in Ghana, Dr Sonia Couprie.

Welcoming the delegation to UMaT, the Vice Chancellor, Prof J. S. Y. Kuma expressed his gratitude to them for their determination to visit UMaT. He thanked them for their resolve to come and see what UMaT was doing. Prof Kuma gave a brief history of UMaT to them and indicated that UMaT students and graduates are grounded in a good mix of theory and practicals in the training they receive here. This according to him was because of the small class sizes which is the best compared to other engineering programmes in the other universities in the country. He further said that as a result of these attributes, UMaT students and graduates compete favourably in competitions they engage in with their peers. He said that UMaT students are also trained to be all round graduates and as such they take courses in basic French, Management, Public Relations, Economics, Communication Skills and Literature in English. He also informed the distinguished visitors that the University was endowed with an ultra modern Environmental Monitoring Laboratory which was set up with the aim of changing the face of research in the University and the country at large.

According to Mrs Florence Lelait, their visit was a follow up to a visit to ParisTech by the Pro Vice Chancellor in 2018 and to take concrete steps to formalise the relationship with UMaT. According to her, ParisTech is an alliance of about 250 graduate engineering schools in France, who work together for the development of common projects in education, research and innovation in the area of science, technology and management. Mrs Florence Lelait also intimated that they would want to be part of UMaT’s capacity building programme because they were ready to help UMaT faculty who would want to do their PhD work at ParisTech. She expressed the hope that the collaboration would allow the two institutions to jointly supervise postgraduate students.

Mrs Florence Lelait making a Presentation to Members of Convocation
Mrs Florence Lelait making a Presentation to Members of Convocation

The Technical Advisor in Charge of France-Ghana Higher Education Co-operation of the French Embassy in Ghana, Dr Sonia Couprie added that there were scholarship opportunities available from the French Embassy in conjunction with the Ghana Scholarship Secretariat for graduate students which UMaT students and staff could take advantage of.

At the end of the discussions the meeting agreed to ensure that the issues that have been indicated in the Memorandum of Understanding which include promotion of institutional exchanges, staff and student mobility between the institutions, Staff Development, UMaT Staff who are pursuing their PhDs locally to be offered opportunity to do some research with any of the ParisTech Schools and co-supervision of PhD students.

Also present at the meeting were Assoc Prof V. A. Temeng, the Pro Vice Chancellor of UMaT, Mr A. K. Doku, the Registrar of UMaT, Prof Newton Amegbey, Director of University Laboratories, Assoc Prof Patricia B. Mireku-Gyimah, the Dean of Office of International Programmes, Assoc Prof Sulemana Al-Hassan, Dean of Planning and Quality Assurance Unit, Assoc Prof S. Ndur, the Dean of the Office of Research, Innovation and Consultancy and Mr Paul Yeboah, the University Relations Officer.

Later in the afternoon and as part of their visit, a Seminar was held for Members of Convocation on the different Schools of ParisTech and their research interests.

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

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