Prof Richard K. Amankwah, Vice Chancellor (second from right), Mr Samuel Boakye Pobee, Managing Director, AngloGold Ashanti Iduapriem (second from left), Prof Anthony Simons, Pro Vice Chancellor (first from left) and Mr Stephen Adjei, Senior Manager in charge of Sustainability (first from right)
The Vice Chancellor, Prof R. K. Amankwah on Wednesday, 7th October, 2021 paid a courtesy call on the Managing Director of AngloGold Ashanti Iduapriem Limited, Tarkwa, Mr Samuel Boakye Pobee to familiarise himself with happenings in the Mining Company and to strengthen the relations between the two institutions. The call was also reciprocal after the Managing Director had paid a similar call on the Pro Vice Chancellor, Prof Anthony Simons to introduce himself to the University after his appointment as Managing Director of the Company.
Prof R. K. Amankwah congratulated Mr Samuel Boakye Pobee for his appointment as Managing Director of the Iduapriem Mine and stated that his appointment would add to the visibility of UMaT because of the fact that he is a past student of the University.
Prof Amankwah indicated that UMaT has adopted some of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and working towards achieving them. He assured him that the University is ready to join AngloGold Iduapriem Mine with to undertake together, some activities under the SGDs in the Mine’s catchment areas.
The Vice Chancellor further stated that UMaT has introduced some special one year certificate programmes for the training of persons who for some reasons cannot pursue the direct degree programmes or who wish to acquire practical knowledge in areas like Survey and Mapping, Drone Operations and Application, Geological Assistantship, Surface and Underground Mining, Minerals Technology, and Occupational Health and Safety. The programmes, the Vice Chancellor said, are intended to train more community members who are interested in working with the mining companies.
Prof Amankwah also informed the Iduapriem Managing Director that special postgraduate certificate programmes in Mining, Geology and Gold Extraction are also available for staff of the Company who are not engineers but would want to update their understanding of Mining and its related disciplines and recommended to the Company to take advantage of the programmes. He further stated that UMaT has prepared postgraduate diploma in Resource Value Chain where candidates who pass any 13 of 21 modules would earn a postgraduate diploma certificate. He added that UMaT has in place, Professional Doctorate programmes for top management officers.
Prof Amankwah informed Mr Pobee that UMaT has instituted a Radio School on Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining on the University’s radio station, Dynamite 88.9 FM which will run on Tuesdays from 7.30 pm to 8.30 pm. The aim of the Radio School is to create awareness on sustainable artisanal and small-scale mining practices and also promote same among artisanal and small-scale miners. He said, this would contribute to good mining practices among small scale miners in the country. He then requested AngloGold to partner UMaT to celebrate the 2021 Breast Cancer Awareness Day on 15th October, 2021.
In his response, the Managing Director expressed his satisfaction with the contribution of UMaT in the training of mining and related professionals for the mining industry and urged UMaT to undertake more research activities that would be intended to solve specific challenges in the mining sector to add value to the operations of the mining companies. He assured the Vice Chancellor that AngloGold Iduapriem Mine will make efforts to grant more internship opportunities to students of UMaT to help them add more practical knowledge to their training.
Mr Samuel Boakye Pobee also lauded the introduction of certificate programmes that would help train more community members who are interested in working with the mining companies and stated that Iduapriem Mine will take advantage to train more members of its surrounding communities as part of their sustainability programmes.
Prof Amankwah was accompanied by the Prof Anthony Simons, the Pro Vice Chancellor, Dr Frank Boateng, Institutional Advancement Officer and Mr T. B. Eshun, the Head of University Relations Office. Mr Pobee’s team included Mr Stephen Adjei, Senior Manager in charge of Sustainability and Mr Richard Amoako Ansong, Senior Officer in charge of Communications.
Interactions between Officers of the two Institutions after the Meeting
Source: T. B. Eshun
University Relations Office