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The Vice Chancellor, Prof Richard Kwesi Amankwah, delivering his address to the Matriculation Assembly

The University of Mines and Technology has held her 16th Matriculation to formally welcome fresh students into the University for 2020/2021 academic year. The ceremony which took place on Saturday, 20th February, 2021 was held in two sessions at the Tarkwa campus of the University, under strict COVID 19 Protocols.

The Vice Chancellor, Prof Richard Kwasi Amankwah in his address welcomed and congratulated the freshmen and women for their admission into the University. He made known to the students that through their matriculation, they had become bonafide members of the University Community with the associated rights, privileges and responsibilities. He reminded the fresh students that by taking the Matriculation Oath, they had pledged their allegiance to the University to be of good behaviour, conform to the regulations and rules of the University, and respond to the authority of all in whom authority was vested. He advised the students to personalize the core values of the University which are Knowledge, Truth and Excellence.

According to the statistics on admission for the 2020/2021 academic year, 4351 candidates applied for admission into the undergraduate programmes. Out of this number, only 1062 representing 24% were offered admission. Out of those admitted, 71% were males and 29% were females. The Vice Chancellor reiterated the University’s commitment to continue with its gender mainstreaming policy to achieve a 50% female enrolment. At the postgraduate level, 167 students were admitted bringing the total number of postgraduate students to 426, representing 13% of the total student population of 3279. He noted that the outbreak of COVID 19 pandemic had affected international student enrolment for the academic year.

Prof Richard K. Amankwah hinted in his address that, the University had plans to establish the School of Sustainable Development which will run programmes in Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety Engineering, Forestry and Landscape Engineering, as well as Waste and Resource Engineering. 

The Vice Chancellor added that UMaT will introduce a course in the Practice of Engineering, where students will engage artisans in the communities and through apprenticeship improve on their creativity, embrace challenges and prepare for the world of work. Plans were also far advanced to start professional doctorate programmes by the next academic year to encourage practicing engineers and professionals to earn higher degrees.

The Matriculation ceremony was attended by the Municipal Chief Executive of the Tarkwa Nsuaem Municipality, Hon Benjamin Kesse and Headmasters of three Senior High Schools with the highest first year enrolment for the academic year, namely; Mfantsipim Boys School, Cape Coast, Ghana Secondary Technical School, Takoradi and St John’s School, Sekondi. Headmasters of Senior High Schools within UMaT’s catchment area were also in attendance.


A section of the students singing the Matriculation Song


Source: T. B. Eshun

University Relations Office, UMaT

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