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Student Awards

Student Awards

Student Awards

Prince Essel, a UMaT Final Year BSc Electrical and Electronic Engineering Student receives the 2nd Prize of the Africa Energy Generation Prize 2016

Prince Essel making a Point at the Awards Ceremony
Prince Essel making a Point at the Awards Ceremony
 
Mr Prince Essel, a UMaT final year BSc Electrical and Electronic Engineering student has won the second prize of the Africa Energy Generation Prize. This is a Pan-African innovation and invention contest for affordable and sustainable energy solutions. Mr Essel’s "Eco Diesel" project allowed him to produce fuel based on plastic waste. Prince took home 3,000 Euros as his prize money at the Lomé Mini Maker Faire, the first innovation fair to be held in Togo. In 2016 Mr Essel was the only Ghanaian among ten winners across Africa to be selected in October for the next phase of the competition. 
 
Mr Prince Essel 2nd from Left Recieving His Prize
Mr Prince Essel 2nd from Left Recieving His Prize
 
The competition was organised by the Association of Energy Generation in Paris with support from Akon Lighting Africa Initiative, Solektra Solar Academy, Bamako, Mali and Schneider Electric, France. The competition is the culmination of a process to promote the energy sector in Africa. Prince Essel will also undertake a one week training in the Solektra Solar Academy in Bamako, Mali. 
 
More than six months after selecting ten project leaders in a quarantine to integrate its academy in Lomé, the winners of the Energy Generation were nominated for the first edition of this competition dubbed the “Africa Energy Generation Prize 2016”. The contest finally saw six young Africans proposing projects of low-cost unconventional energy generating solutions. These six project leaders were from Togo, Congo, Madagascar, Ethiopia, Chad and Ghana.
 
The ceremony was attended by the Minister of Posts and Digital Economy, Togo, Cina Lawson, and the Ambassador of the United States to Togo, David Gilmour. 
 
 
Source: Paul Y.A. Yeboah, Assistant Registrar and Head, University Relations
 

UMaT Student wins the 3rd edition of the National Quarry Life Award

Mr Owusu Tweneboah with his Award
Mr Owusu Tweneboah with his Award

 
Mr Michael Owusu-Tweneboah, an MPhil student in Mining Engineering of the University of Mines and Technology (UMaT), Tarkwa, has won the 3rd edition of the National Quarry Life Award (QLA) organised by GHACEM Limited. Mr Owusu-Tweneboah was presented with a trophy and a cheque for GH¢20,342.50, the equivalent of €5,000.00 at the National Awards ceremony held at the Movenpick Ambassador Hotel in Accra.
 
Mr Owusu-Tweneboah’s project was on the topic “Determination of the Best Soil Enrichment Method using ANOVA Technique” and was adjudged the best in a keenly contested competition from five shortlisted entries. Two other UMaT students, Daniel Cudjoe and Jonas Dwomoh placed 4th and 5th respectively. This is the second time a UMaT student has won the national award since it was started in 2012.
 
The Quarry Life Award is an initiative which seeks to source ideas from talented students towards the effective management of biodiversity in all mining sites of Heidelberg Cement (HC) Group, the parent company of GHACEM.
 
In his welcome address, the Managing Director of GHACEM, Mr Morten Gade, noted that raising the knowledge of the biological value of mining sites and contributing to further enhancing it informed the decision by GHACEM’s parent company, Heidelberg Cement’s decision to launch the QLA competition and stressed that the HC Group is committed to managing biodiversity during and after extraction. He commended the QLA National Jury, the coordinators and the five finalists for demonstrating high professionalism during the period of research and urged them to go for the ultimate global prize.
 
The Vice Chancellor of UMaT, Prof J. S. Y. Kuma, was a special invited Guest for the ceremony which also included the Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Honourable Nii Osah Mills, the CEO of the Minerals Commission, Dr Tony Aubynn, and other stakeholders from the mining industry.
 
 
Source: Paul Y. A. Yeboah, Assistant Registrar (University Relations)
 

UMaT Graduate Emerges as the only Ghanaian among Fifteen Winners of the Young African Entrepreneurs Competition for 2016

Mr Ababio with his award
Mr Ababio with his award
 
A UMaT graduate, Mr Kwame Ababio, has emerged as one of 15 winners for the 2016 Young African Entrepreneurs Competition. He was the only Ghanaian among 15 other Africans. The Competition which was organised by the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) attracted a total of 756 applicants from 38 African countries. Out of this number, 50 of them were Ghanaians and only 4 were shortlisted for the final selection and the only Ghanaian selected was a graduateof the University of Mines and Technology (UMaT), Tarkwa. 
 
According to the organisers, the stages and processes that were followed were very rigorous and included the following:
1. All 756 applications were screened for compliance to the set guidelines and application rules.
2. A total of 663 applications were compliant. Each of these applications was evaluated by three independent reviewers.
3. A shortlist of 139 (20.9%) applicants was selected for Round two each of these applications was once again evaluated by three independent evaluators.
4. A shortlist of 20 (13.6%) applicants was evaluated by a panel of six reviewers to select the final list.
5. Owing to the competitiveness of the enterprises and innovations in Round 3, the panel made a decision to select 15 Young African Entrepreneurs instead of 10 that were originally planned for. 
 
The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) is a network of 60 African Universities with a mission to ‘strengthen the capacities of Universities to foster innovations responsive to demands of small-holder farmers through the training of high quality researchers, the output of impact oriented research and the maintenance of collaborative working relations among researchers, farmers and national agricultural research institutions’. RUFORUM was established in 2004, with a Secretariat hosted by Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. 
 
Mr Ababio’s project was titled Green Afro-Palms (GAP). This is a young agro-organisation rising up in Ghana with the objective of creating sustainable Agri-business driven by entrepreneurship, innovation and a desire for social change; selecting and presenting oil palm as a crop for vegetating Africa’s environment, generating jobs and incomes for sustainable livelihoods.
 
Mr Ababio graduated with a BSc Geomatic Engineering degree in 2012 but nonetheless sees agriculture as a solution to ending poverty in Africa and has passion for its development. He has optimism in the young African’s contribution to Africa’s development so together with his organisation he is geared up to implement his farming programme for sustainable development against all odds and distractions for Africa to contribute in feeding the world, reducing poverty and providing employment for upcoming generations. He is an advocate for the youth’s involvement in modern agriculture with his vision described in one of his publications entitled “Why I must do Agric-An African Youth”. Some of his awards include the following:
 
He has been honoured as “Young Entrepreneur of the year”in ADLER Entrepreneurship awards, Germany by the African Youth Foundation in 2015.
He made a list of 40 Ghanaians under 30 years old making impact by Future of Ghana Organisation for 2016.  
He was selected as a fellow of President Barrack Obama’s YALI RLC Nigeria Pioneering Cohort for 2016.
He is also a Global Shaper of the World Economic Forum, and belongs to the Kumasi Hub.
 
Source: Paul Y. A. Yeboah, Assistant Registrar (University Relations)
 

Total Petroleum Ghana Ltd awards four Scholarships to UMaT Students

 

The Beneficiary Students in a group photograph with the Vice Chancellor Prof J.S.Y. Kuma and other Officials
The Beneficiary Students in a group photograph with the Vice Chancellor Prof J.S.Y. Kuma and other Officials

Total Petroleum Ghana Ltd has awarded scholarships to four (4) brilliant students in need of the University of Mines and Technology (UMaT), Tarkwa. This is to aid the students financially for the 2016/2017 academic year to pay for their Academic Facility User Fees (AFUF) and to support their living expenses. The award is for a period of one year but subject to renewal every year. Each student was awarded three thousand, five hundred Ghana Cedis (GH¢3 500) for the academic year. At a ceremony to present the award letters to the students, the Vice Chancellor, Prof J. S. Y. Kuma, congratulated them for being those selected for the awards for the first time.

Prof Kuma encouraged them to see the awards as a testimony of their hard work and that this should motivate them to work harder in the years ahead to enable Total Petroleum to renew the scholarships every year.Prof Kuma advised them to be of good character and exhibit a positive attitude since according to him these attributes would surely open doors for them to go higher in their endeavours. Prof Kuma informed them that the scholarship they were benefiting from came about as a result of an encounter he had with the Managing Director of Total Petroleum Ghana Limited in Accra sometime in 2013. He admonished them to work extra hard in their studies to make good the trust reposed in them.
The students are:
1.    Albert Tangibor - 2nd year Geomatic Engineering.
2.    Priscilla Naa Ayorkor Tagoe - 2nd year Computer Science and Engineering.
3.    Ahobow Ebenezer - 2nd year Mathematics
4.    Mathias Ebisah Acquah  - 4th year Minerals Engineering

The Registrar, Mr A. K. Doku thanked the Vice Chancellor for the support he continued to offer students of the University and most especially those receiving the awards and also told the students to work hard to prove they were up to the task. One of the students, Mr Mathias Ebisah Acquah thanked the Vice Chancellor for making this assistance come true at the time they needed it most. He promised that they would work very hard to prove the trust reposed in them in the years ahead of them.Present at the ceremony were Dr Issaka Yakubu, the immediate past Training Coordinator, Mr Theophilus Andoh-Robertson, the University Counsellor and Mr Paul Y. A. Yeboah, the University Relations Officer.

 

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

UMaT Student Wins maiden edition of the Falling Walls Lab Ghana competition organised by German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

Mr Dickson Adjei displaying his Certificate whiles officials of DAAD look on
Mr Dickson Adjei displaying his Certificate whiles officials of DAAD look on

In June this year, the maiden edition of the Falling Walls Lab Ghana competition was organised by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in Accra. Mr Dickson Adjei, a BSc Minerals Engineering graduate of UMaT won the competition that also had other students of UMaT placing 3rd and 5th. Mr. Adjei presented a project entitled “Breaking the wall of mercury pollution: The Latern Retort”. His prize is a Brussels Airlines sponsored trip to Berlin, Germany to represent Ghana in the International Falling Walls Lab on 8th November, 2016.

The Falling Walls Lab competition is a challenging and interdisciplinary platform that offers the opportunity for excellent academics and professionals to present their innovative ideas, research projects and social initiatives. A prestigious jury from science and business awards the best participants.  

At a short ceremony to present his certificate to the Vice Chancellor, Prof J.S.Y. Kuma, the Vice Chancellor reiterated the point that it was as a result of the quality of UMaT’s programmes of study which continue to improve and impress year in year out because of the devotion of the staff to duty. This makes UMaT’s graduates competitive giving them the edge in the academic programmes they engage in with peers from other institutions of higher learning in similar disciplines resulting in the laurels they win in the competitions they participate in.

The Vice Chancellor, Prof Kuma congratulating Mr Adjei
The Vice Chancellor, Prof Kuma congratulating Mr Adjei

Prof Kuma thanked Mr Adjei for making the University proud and encouraged him to work very hard to win the ultimate competition when he represents Ghana in Germany in November 2016.

 

Source: Paul Y. A. Yeboah,

Assistant Registrar (University Relations)

UMaT Student Wins maiden edition of the Falling Walls Lab Ghana competition organised by German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) (2)

Mr Dickson Adjei displaying his Certificate whiles officials of DAAD look on
Mr Dickson Adjei displaying his Certificate whiles officials of DAAD look on

In June this year, the maiden edition of the Falling Walls Lab Ghana competition was organised by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in Accra. Mr Dickson Adjei, a BSc Minerals Engineering graduate of UMaT won the competition that also had other students of UMaT placing 3rd and 5th. Mr. Adjei presented a project entitled “Breaking the wall of mercury pollution: The Latern Retort”. His prize is a Brussels Airlines sponsored trip to Berlin, Germany to represent Ghana in the International Falling Walls Lab on 8th November, 2016.

The Falling Walls Lab competition is a challenging and interdisciplinary platform that offers the opportunity for excellent academics and professionals to present their innovative ideas, research projects and social initiatives. A prestigious jury from science and business awards the best participants.  

At a short ceremony to present his certificate to the Vice Chancellor, Prof J.S.Y. Kuma, the Vice Chancellor reiterated the point that it was as a result of the quality of UMaT’s programmes of study which continue to improve and impress year in year out because of the devotion of the staff to duty. This makes UMaT’s graduates competitive giving them the edge in the academic programmes they engage in with peers from other institutions of higher learning in similar disciplines resulting in the laurels they win in the competitions they participate in.

The Vice Chancellor, Prof Kuma congratulating Mr Adjei
The Vice Chancellor, Prof Kuma congratulating Mr Adjei

Prof Kuma thanked Mr Adjei for making the University proud and encouraged him to work very hard to win the ultimate competition when he represents Ghana in Germany in November 2016.

 

Source: Paul Y. A. Yeboah,

Assistant Registrar (University Relations)

UMaT to Represent Ghana for the 2016 Africa Petrobowl Quiz in Nigeria (2)


Dr S Ndur (HOD of Petroleum Engineering) receiving the award from the president of the SPE

The University of Mines and Technology (UMaT) has won the bid to represent Ghana in this year’s Petro Bowl Quiz competition scheduled to take place on the 19th March 2016, at Benin City of Nigeria. This was after the University, represented by students of the Department of Petroleum Engineering won the context out of the five Universities that contested. The programme which has been organized by the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) since 2002, made history this time around when UMaT as a host institution also won at the same time.

Speaking at the programme, the student representative for SPE Ghana Chapter, Mr. James Allotey–Okai said that the SPE Petro Bowl Competition does not take place in Ghana alone but also worldwide. According to him, the Quiz was organized to select a winner to represent Ghana at the Africa Regional Petro Bowl qualifiers in Nigeria. He also indicated that the mission was to collect, disseminate, and exchange technical knowledge concerning the exploration, development and production of Oil and Gas resources and related technologies for the benefit of the public. Mr. Allotey-Okai added that the winner is qualified to represent the Africa Regional Petro Bowl Competition and the winner would be qualified for the annual conference and exhibition to be held in Dubai.

In an interview with the Faculty Adviser for SPE, UMaT Chapter and Lecturer at the Department of Petroleum Engineering, Mr Richard Amorin said Petro Bowl Competition has really helped students to acquire more knowledge from both ‘in’ and ‘outside’ the classroom. According to him, the questions from the competitions go beyond what they studied in class. Mr Amorin said that UMaT joined the SPE Petro Bowl Competition only last year but were able to win the 3rd position. This was their second time of participating but due to hard work and determination they became 1st.  This according to Mr Amorin shows that the UMaT students have really improved in their studies.

The Public Relations Officer for SPE Petro Bowl UMaT Chapter, William Divine Bakorko expressed his gratitude to the members of SPE for organizing a successful competition.

In an interview with some competitors from the other Universities, they all pledged their support for UMaT. According to them, a win for UMaT at the next level of the competition will be a win for Ghana.

Source: Paul Y.A. Yeboah
Assistant Registrar (UR)

UMaT Student Wins “International Quarry Life Innovation and Biodiversity” Award

Kwasi Boadu Ntiamoah, a level 400 Student of the University of Mines and Technology has won the “Innovation and Biodiversity” Award at the 2014 Global Quarry Life Competition held in Prague, Czech Republic.

The Quarry Life Award, instituted and sponsored by Heidelberg Cement seeks to promote competition in research projects to afford Heidelberg Cement, global manufacturer of cement the opportunity to improve on its biodiversity management practices as well as share best practice examples with the public.

The Award instituted two years ago, has generated great enthusiasm among researchers, students, and environmental associations across the five continents. This year’s competition attracted 400 project proposals from 22 countries.

Out of the entries, 95 projects were selected for the competition in five different categories: Biodiversity and Education, Innovation and Biodiversity, Biodiversity Enhancement, Raising Public Awareness, and Student Project. The best project in each category was awarded with a cheque for €10,000, while a Grand Prize winner received a cheque for €30,000 as the best overall project.

Ntiamoah, who also placed second in the overall Global Quarry Life Award, out of 400 project proposals from 22 countries, won Ghana’s Quarry Life Award a couple of months ago with a project entitled “The use of vermicompost as treatment for topsoil in restoring biodiversity”.

Ntiamoah’s project was against the backdrop that in Ghana, more than US$ 2 billion worth organic foodstuffs were wasted in 2012 and about 1.3 billion tonnes of organic food produced globally was wasted annually, according to Food Agriculture Organisation (FAO).

The project aimed at converting the wasted organic food into powerful compost that has the power to restore the soil fertility at any quarry site during reclamation to promote biodiversity by using worm species called Eudrilus eugeniae (African Night Crawler) and also to free the environment from any adverse effect generated by the organic food waste.  

The international jury for the Gobal Quarry Life Award was composed of Daniel Gauthier, Member of the Managing Board; Richard Grimmett, Director for Conservation at BirdLife International; Erasto Mark Njavike, Program Manager at Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots in Tanzania; Dr. Michael Rademacher, Biodiversity and Natural Resources Director at Heidelberg Cement; and Dr. Ulrich Tränkle, Director of AGLN, a consultancy for landscape planning and nature conservation management.

“This second edition of the Global Quarry Life Award was a resounding success,” said Daniel Gauthier, Member of the Managing Board of Heidelberg Cement, in his welcome address.

An elated Ntiamoah, later told the media that the award was a demonstration that the University he attends can match any other institution in the world in term of quality, research and innovation.