Vice Chancellor Pays Familiarisation Visits to Two Mining Giants in Tarkwa

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A Group Picture of the Team from UMaT and Management of Gold Fields Ghana Ltd
A Group Picture of the Team from UMaT and Management of Gold Fields Ghana Ltd

As part of his plans to familiarise himself with some stakeholders of the University after he assumed office as the 3rd substantive Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof R. K. Amankwah has paid courtesy calls on the Management of two of the major Mining Companies in Tarkwa to familiarise with their leadership. the Companies are AngloGold Ashanti Iduapriem Limited and Gold Fields Ghana Limited, Tarkwa Mine. The aim of the visits according to the Vice Chancellor, was to familiarise himself with happenings in the Mining Companies and to strengthen the ties between the Mines and UMaT.

Interacting with the Management of AngloGold Ashanti Iduapriem Limited, Prof Amankwah congratulated Iduapriem for winning the Mining Company of the Year Award and urged the Mine to keep up the good work. He said the university would continue to engage and collaborate with the Mine, especially in the area of research towards attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). He further commended the Mine for constructing a six-unit classroom block for the UMaT Basic School, noting that it would go a long way to expand access for more pupils to benefit from the quality teaching and learning being offered in the school.

A Group Picture of the UMaT Team and Management of AAIL
A Group Picture of the UMaT Team and Management of AAIL

On his part, Managing Director of AngloGold Ashanti Iduapriem Limited, Jean Marais, expressed gratitude to the Vice Chancellor and his team for the visit and was hopeful that UMaT will continue on the path of excellence during the four-year tenure of the new administration. He also acknowledged the pivotal role being played by the university in the training and development of quality human resources for the mining industry. He assured the new administration of the Mine’s commitment to maintaining cordial working relationship with the university as both institutions continue along the path of excellence.

In another development, the Vice Chancellor and his team paid a separate call on the Management of Gold Fields Ghana Limited, Tarkwa Mine. Prof Amankwah thanked the Management of the Mine led by Mr Stephen Osei-Bempah, the General Manager, for the support UMaT and individual lecturers continue to enjoy from the Company over the years. His vision was to see to it that the development of the University was fashioned in line with the Sustainable Development Goals. He indicated that UMaT will therefore need the support of Gold Fields Ghana Limited in attaining the vision. On his part, the General Manager promised to extend the needed support to the University once the two institutions shared the same values.

Prof Amankwah was accompanied by the Registrar, Mr Matthew Okrah; University Relations Officer, Mr Paul Yeboah; and Head of the Vice Chancellor’s Secretariat, Mr Michael Hammond. Prior to his appointment, he was the Dean of the Faculty of Integrated Management Sciences.

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

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