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Staff Awards

Staff Awards

Staff Awards

Mrs Millicent Akotam Agangiba Wins the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Award

Mrs Millicent Agangiba showcasing her Award
Mrs Millicent Agangiba showcasing her Award

Mrs Millicent Akotam Agangiba, a lecturer at the University of Mines and Technology (UMaT) Tarkwa, Ghana, and a Doctoral Student at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, has been awarded the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Award at a ceremony held in Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa.Mrs Agangiba received a Doctoral Fellowship of 5 000 Euros with her project titled “Investigating E-government Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities in Developing Countries - The Case of Ghana”.

The award is meant to reward talented young female scientists pursuing PhD in the field of Life and Physical Sciences based on the candidates outstanding academic records; including number, quality and impact of the publications, conference presentations, patents, etc; the scientific quality of the research project, innovative nature, productivity of the research and its potential application in science and finally the ability of the candidate to communicate and promote sciences to a younger audience and to encourage young African female scientists.

For the past 18 years, the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science programme has encouraged, promoted and honoured women scientists all over the world. More than 2,500 researchers from 112 countries have been distinguished for their extraordinary discoveries and supported at key moments in their careers.   Impacting the lives of people around the planet, their discoveries are offering new solutions and answering vital questions. Their ground breaking innovation is advancing entire fields of research and even opening new ones. The fellow’s work and research is contributing to curing diseases, increasing food supplies, enabling sustainable development, helping ensure the survival of our planet to better understand our universe, adding to our knowledge of the very foundations of life.  

As part of the programme, 14 female scientists from across Sub-Saharan Africa have been honoured for their work and impact in the scientific field. This year applications were received from 26 Countries which is testament to the increasing awareness of the program and the commitment of the Foundation to advancing women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).  


Source: Paul Y.A. Yeboah, Assistant Registrar (University Relations)

Assoc Prof Grace Ofori-Sarpong, wins award to participate in Training on Internal Quality Assurance (TrainIQA)

Prof Grace Ofori Sarpong delivering a lecture at the seminar for convocation

Assoc Prof Grace Ofori-Sarpong, the Vice Dean of the Planning and Quality Assurance Unit, has been selected as one of 30 Quality Assurance Officers to participate in a Training on Internal Quality Assurance (TrainIQA) in West Africa. TrainIQA forms part of Dialogue on Innovative Higher Education Strategies (DIES) programme which is aimed at supporting higher education management in developing countries.

The programme is supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and German Rectors Conference (HRK), and coordinated by the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE), Germany. UDE has cooperated with some African institutions such as the Association of African Universities (AAU), the National Accreditation Board of Ghana (NAB), the National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE), the National Universities Commission of Nigeria (NUC), and the University of Professional Studies Accra (UPSA).

The objective of TrainIQA was to bring together a group of 30 Quality Assurance Officers from Higher Education institutions (HEIs) in Anglophone West Africa to prepare them to become multipliers of internal quality assurance at their home institutions.

Participating institutions were to develop a Project Action Plan (PAP) during the training in order to turn theory into practice. UMaT’s Project Action Plan was on the theme “Capacity Building of Senior Members on Curriculum Development”. Phase One of the PAP was implemented on 6th June, 2016 through a seminar on “Curriculum Development and Learning Outcome Approach” which was handled by Assoc Prof Grace Ofori-Sarpong and Dr Bernard Kumi-Boateng. The workshop was well-attended, and lessons learnt included the paradigm shift in curriculum development, filling the gaps between competence building and learning outcomes, and tranformation from teacher-based objectives into student-based learning outcomes.

Members of Convocation listening attentively during the seminar
Members of Convocation listening attentively during the seminar

Source: Paul Y. Yeboah
Assistant Registrar (University Relations)

Conferment of the Professional Fellowship Award of the Civilian Institute on the Vice Chancellor

The Civilian Institute of Democratic Administration (CIDA) has conferred the Fellowship of the Civilian Institute for Democratic Administration (FCIDA) on the Vice Chancellor, Prof J. S. Y. Kuma. A letter from CIDA Headquarters in Lagos, Nigeria, received by Prof Kuma in part stated that: “Every organization in a civilian society requires administration. The effective and proficient management of people at work and other available resources is the goal of every good organization. Inevitably, young democracies like Nigeria, Ghana and other West African countries need professionals in administration. Based on your outstanding performance in office, you have been selected by the Council of our Institute as a potentially qualified candidate for the award of fellowship of the Civilian Institute of Democratic Administration, FCIDA”. The event occurred during the CIDA International Leadership and Fellowship Awards Summit and Investiture Ceremony of the Institute held in collaboration with CIDA-Ghana at Hotel Marjorie Y, in Tema on Saturday 26th March 2016. CIDA stands for the promotion and advancement of effective and efficient civilian administration in countries with democratic structures.

Source: Vice Chancellor’s Office

Vice Chancellor wins Africa Education Leadership Award


The Vice Chancellor, Prof J.S.Y. Kuma, has been honoured with the Africa Education Leadership Award in Mauritius on 9th December, 2015. The award was organised by World CSR Day with CMO Asia as its strategic partner. The Awards, according to the organisers, are presented to “individuals and institutions that have surpassed several levels of its excellence and set an example of being a role model and an exemplary leader. It also recognizes individuals behind an institution who are building their institutions through leadership, innovation, academic and industry interface with a supreme objective of building future leaders”

The Africa Leadership Awards is all about achievers and future business leaders. This glamorous event attracts the best of the best from Africa. This event highlights, recognizes and rewards their ability to steer their businesses through turbulent times, applying the best of business modules to manage and keep their missions afloat.

Source: Vice Chancellor’s Office


Dr Clement K. Owusu Wins Two Prestigious Awards

Dr Clement K. Owusu has won two prestigious awards from the University of South Australia namely the 2014 Ian Wark Medal and 2015 Norton Jackson Material Science and Engineering Medal.

The Ian Wark Medal is awarded to postgraduate students undertaking doctoral programmes in Ian Wark Research Institute. The award is in recognition of Dr Clement K Owusu’s academic achievement for his PhD thesis titled “Improving chalcopyrite mineral flotation selectivity against pyrite through pulp aeration/Eh control after regrinding in IsaMill”.

The motivation for Clement’s research was to solve the problem of directly correlating feed ore composition with the optimum electro-chemical conditions for selective flotation of copper sulphide minerals from pyrite.  This issue is becoming increasingly vital for the industry, as operators began to look at low grade, complex, copper ores, for which much higher tonnages of pyrite need to be rejected in flotation plants. The research presents original flotation-specific experimental design, advanced surface analysis techniques and creative oxygen demand studies. This required both fundamental science on single mineral behaviour and applied studies on real, industrial process streams.

The medal received by Dr Owusu is awarded annually to the most outstanding PhD thesis from the Ian Wark Research Institute (The Wark), University of South Australia based on the following criteria; creativity and originality of the research, student’s comprehension of the field, significance and utility of the research as a contribution to, or as an application of, knowledge; and impact of the thesis through the number and level of international publications and presentations.

Dr Owusu also won the 2015 Norton Jackson Material Science and Engineering Medal which recognises the best PhD thesis with the most potential and significant impact in industry.
This medal is also awarded annually to graduates of the Ian Wark Research Institute.

These two awards make him an outstanding individual. He is noted to have set a new UniSA/Ian Wark Research Institute record by winning, for the first time, both the prestigious Norton Jackson Material Science and Engineering Medal and Sir Ian Wark Medal in 2014 and 2015 respectively.

Following the successful completion of his PhD in August, 2014, Dr Clement K. Owusu took up an appointment as a Lecturer at the University of Mines and Technology (UMaT), Tarkwa , Ghana in September 2014. He is with the Minerals Engineering Department under the Faculty of Mineral Resources Technology. Dr Owusu has plans to build on the foundation of his PhD research to further the knowledge on gold mineralogy and surface characterisation for improved gold flotation and leaching in the minerals industry. Gold is one of the most relevant mineral resources for Ghana, and Clement’s knowledge and understanding acquired during his PhD will definitely contribute to the country’s development.

The Chancellor of University of South Australia (extreme left) followed by Dr Clement K. Owusu, the award winner.

Standing with Dr Clement K. Owusu (right) is Mis Pat Jackson (left), the daughter of the late Dr Norton Jackson who donated over a quarter of million dollars to UniSA for the establishment and award of the Norton Jackson Material Science and Engineering Medal, one of the 2 medals won by Dr Clement K. Owusu.


Dr Norton Jackson AM

An alumnus of one of UniSA’s founding institutions, the School of Mines and Industries, Dr Norton Jackson AM has had a remarkable and varied life and career, both internationally and locally.

Norton Jackson holds Diplomas in Applied Science and Mining and a Bachelor of Engineering in Metallurgy and was awarded the Klug Medal for the ‘top metallurgist of the year’ in his final year of undergraduate engineering. He also has a Master of Engineering from the University of Melbourne. Norton was made a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering in 1981, a Member of the Order of Australia for his services to the mining industry in 1987 and was awarded a Centenary Medal in 2001.

The Royal Australian Chemical Institute awarded Norton the prestigious RK Murphy Medal in 2010 in recognition of his outstanding contributions to industrial chemistry, mining and metallurgy in Australia, and for inspirational mentorship bestowed upon young chemists and chemical engineers.

Following his tertiary studies and a stint in an Adelaide munitions factory at the beginning of World War II, Norton enlisted in Australia’s Citizen Military Forces in November 1942. He was commissioned Lieutenant in April 1943 and was seconded to the Second Australian Imperial Force. He served in Australia, New Guinea and New Britain from 1943 until February 1946.

In 1946, media magnate Sir Frank Packer arranged for Norton’s discharge from the army to work at the Emperor Mining Co in Fiji, at which he was a Director. Norton worked as the Plant Research Chemist until 1948. While still in Fiji, at just 30 years of age, he was offered the role of Chief Metallurgist at the South Australian Department of Mines. He served the State with great distinction in this position for almost a decade before being recruited by the American Cyanamid Company [now Cytec] in 1958.

At American Cyanamid, Norton rose from Field Engineer, based in Melbourne, to the position of Regional Director Hong Kong, then “Eastern Region” and “Europe Africa” in the USA office.

In 1978, after business assignments all around the world, Norton returned to Adelaide as Managing Director of the Australian Mineral Development Laboratories (AMDEL). At the age of 58, he was hired to turn the struggling company around and during his five year contract, increased productivity three-fold.

Following his ‘retirement’ in 1983, Norton accepted positions as Director of Aberfoyle Ltd, Poseidon Ltd (later Normandy Mining), Commercial Minerals, Adelaide Wallaroo Fertilizers and Luminis Ltd. He held these responsibilities until 1991 when he turned 70 (many of these companies had by-laws in their corporate charters about the age limit of Directors). During his time with Poseidon, the company increased in value from $80 million to $800 million.

From 1991, Norton became a strong supporter of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and held Directorships with companies less concerned about age. He was a Director of SX Holdings for five years, Chairman of Norminco Ltd for three years, Executive Director of Muswellbrook Coal and Energy for two years, Director of Centrex Metals Limited for two years and Director of Australasia Gold Ltd for 3 years. He was a Member of Council of UniSA from 1995 until 1998 and a Member of the University’s Development Board for several years. He also served as a Member of the Australian Mineral Foundation Council and Executive Committee from 1978 until 1999.

Now 91, Norton remains a Director of Energy Exploration and until recently he was a specialist Member of the Major Development Panel of the Department of Transport and Urban Planning for the SA State Government.

For his services to the mining industry, to South Australia and to the University, he was made a Fellow of UniSA in 1999 and awarded an Honorary Doctorate in 2006.


The Norton Jackson Material Science and Engineering Medal

The Norton Jackson Material Science and Engineering Medal is a fitting tribute to a man who has made a distinguished contribution to the knowledge and understanding of the mining industry.

This medal, reflecting Norton’s passion and achievements, will recognise the achievements of graduates and graduands of the Ian Wark Research Institute (The Wark™), and will be awarded annually to the PhD graduate or graduand who has demonstrated the most potential or real application of research in industry. Examples include versatility in application of science to the materials industry and diagnosis and solution of diversified materials.

Nomination for the medal is by the principal supervisor or associate supervisor(s), with the submission of a 1–2 page summary of the student’s research in relation to the criteria.

The Norton Jackson Material Science and Engineering Medal will be awarded with a minimum cash prize of $5,000.

Ian Wark Research Institute (The Wark™)

The Ian Wark Research Institute is the Australian Research Council Special Research Centre for Particle and Material Interfaces at the University of South Australia. Named in recognition of eminent Australian scientist, Sir Ian William Wark, The Wark™ has a prized international reputation for solving complex industrial problems through the application of excellent science and technology.

The Wark™ has extensive state-of-the-art research facilities, internationally renowned researchers and an international client base of major companies.

The Wark™ is unusual in its creative and flexible approach to research and development, where a mixture of fundamental and applied research is conducted across a wide range of project areas. Research in The Wark™ embraces bio and polymer interfaces, colloids and nanostructures, materials and environmental surface science and minerals processing. Some of the Institute’s research work is aimed at improving existing processes in industry, whilst other efforts lead to new technologies.


Mr. Peter Simon Kwofie
Assiatant Registrar (University Relations)

UMaT TEWU Chairman Wins May Day Award

Mr Emmanuel Sam of the Security Unit of UMaT who is also the Chairman of the Teachers and Education Workers Union (TEWU) of GTUC, UMaT Branch, has been given a National May Day Award for the year 2015.

The ceremony which took place at the Independent Square in Accra on Friday, 1 May, 2015 saw Mr Emmanuel Sam receive a Citation, Double Decker Refrigerator, and a cash of four hundred Ghana cedis (GH¢400.00) as his prize.

The Citation recounted his contribution to organised labour at UMaT in particular, and generally in Ghana. Thus, Mr Sam was noted to have worked as the TEWU representative in his Local for nine (9) years before ascending to the Chairmanship of the UMaT Local Union.

Over the years, Mr Emmanuel Sam has served on several Committees including the Committee of Universities Master Pension Trust Scheme, the Committee of Universities Local Union Executives, Municipal Council of Labour, Tarkwa, UMaT Health Services Committee, UMaT Security Management Committee, UMaT Basic School Management Committee and also a member of UMaT Provident  Fund Committee.

The Award was in recognition of his meritorious services to the Union over the years.

Present at the ceremony were His Excellency President John Dramani Mahama, Secretary General of TUC, Deputy Secretary General of TUC, Minister of Employment and Labour Relation, Minister of Fisheries, Greater Accra Regional Minister, and other dignitaries of the Government of the Republic of Ghana.

Mr. Peter Simon Kwofie
Assistant Registrar (University Relations)

Prof. Mireku-Gyimah Receives Highest State Award

An “Officer of the Order of the Volta” award has been conferred on the Vice Chancellor of the University of Mines and Technology, Prof Daniel Mireku-Gyimah by the president of the Republic of Ghana.

The award, one of the highest state honours in Ghana, was in recognition of Prof. Mireku-Gyimah’s immense contribution to the development of mining and higher education in Ghana.

The Vice Chancellor was among forty one (41) other distinguished personalities who were bestowed similar awards in different categories contained in an honours list released by the presidency to mark the 51st celebration of the republic day in Ghana.

Prof. Mireku-Gyimah, the first mining professor in West Africa has been in the academia since 1981 and has over 45 publications to his credit.

He joined the then KNUST Tarkwa School of Mines in 1981 as a lecturer in mining engineering and by dint of hard work rose to the rank of professor in the early part of 2000.

Prof. Mireku-Gyimah was instrumental in the elevation of the Tarkwa School of Mines into an autonomous university in 2004 and was appointed the foundation Vice Chancellor of the University.

He is married with two children.


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Mr. Appiah-Kubi
(Assistant Registrar)