Professor Richard Amankwah Takes Over as New Vice Chancellor of UMaT

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The New Vice Chancellor Prof Amankwah being Enthroned by the Chairman of Council Dr Yirenkyi Left and Assisted by Prof Gyapong Chairman of VCG
The New Vice Chancellor Prof Amankwah being Enthroned by the Chairman of Council Dr Yirenkyi Left and Assisted by Prof Gyapong Chairman of VCG

Professor Richard Amankwah has been enthroned as the Vice Chancellor of the University of Mines and Technology (UMaT), Tarkwa at the University’s Auditorium on Friday 16th October, 2020.

Until his appointment, Professor Amankwah was the Dean of the Faculty of Integrated Management Science. He has thus become the third substantive Vice Chancellor to be appointed by this University. He took over from Prof. J. S. Y. Kuma, whose tenure ended on 15th October, 2020.

Speaking during his investiture, Prof Amankwah said, his vision as the Vice Chancellor was to deepen scholarship, innovation and entrepreneurship in UMaT to drive sustainable industrial development in Ghana and beyond.

According to Prof Amankwah, for the next four years, he will lead the University to think local but act global and align university-wide research focus towards national and global agenda such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

He reiterated that under his tenure, the University will digitise and automate administrative functions and work towards a paperless campus in line with the government’s agenda on Transformational Digitisation of Institutions. This, according to the Vice Chancellor, will help the University to increase intake and run both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes online all year round.

Prof Amankwah Delivering his Speech
Prof Amankwah Delivering his Speech

Prof Amakwah called on staff and management of UMaT to team up and work together as a team since he (Prof. Amankwah) cannot possibly determine the success of the University.

He used the opportunity to thank his 83-year-old mother, Obaapanyin Akua Amponsah a plantain seller, for the good training and effort she put in his education. He was hopeful that if the son of a plantain seller could become a Vice Chancellor, then, many sons and daughters of the pepper and abgbele kaklo sellers will aslo rise to higher heights with the help of the Free Senior High School Education Policy.

The Immediate Past Vice Chancellor of UMaT, Prof J. S. Y. Kuma expressed his profound gratitude to the foundation Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof Daniel Mireku-Gyimah for the solid foundation he laid for the transformation of the University.

According to him, activities undertaken during his tenure were the collective efforts of students, management, staff, stakeholders and Council Members who believed in the vision and mission of the University and helped to bring the University to a higher level.

He added that the good work enabled the University to receive commendation from the then Deputy Minister of Education in 2016, that UMaT was the most compliant in the standards and norms of the National Accreditation Board and the National Council for Tertiary Education.

The Senior Minister, Hon Ing Yaw Osarfo-Maafo who represented the President congratulated Prof Amankwah on his elevation to the highest position of Vice Chancellor. He charged the University to support the state to find a lasting solution to illegal mining activities in the country and uplift the image of the small scale mining sector.

Hon Osarfo Maafo Delivering His Speech
Hon Osarfo Maafo Delivering His Speech

Hon Osarfo-Maafo said associating small scale mining with unregulated Illegal mining activities connoted illegal and irresponsible mining, which ought not to be the case. “I would like to encourage UMaT to help develop the skills and technologies of this industry in order for small scale mining to be transformed to realize its real worth and contribution to the country’s development”, he said.

He said the Government will continue to insist that the process of equipping UMaT with the requisite logistics, involving the rehabilitation and equipping of existing laboratories and the construction of new buildings will continue because, according to him, this will help the University to deliver on its mandate of teaching, research and service to the community.

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

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