Members of Staff at the End of Year Service
The University of Mines and Technology (UMaT), has organised the first annual end of year service for 2016 for all staff of the University. According to the Registrar the purpose of the service was to assemble together as one family to thank God for seeing all of staff through the year and to rekindle the spirit of oneness amongst everyone.
The Acting Chaplain, Dr Bernard Kumi-Boateng preached the sermon on the theme “The Power and Beauty of Unity in Diversity”. He emphasised the importance of working together as a united force for the common good and help in moving the University forward to achieve more greatness. According to him it was necessary for all categories of staff to work together with mutual respect so as to achieve the common goal of advancing the University’s course with the help of God.
The Vice Chancellor, Prof J. S. Y. Kuma, in his end of year message thanked all members of staff for showing dedication and commitment to the efforts of management to make the University a great one. He acknowledged the fact that the success of the University was built on the efforts of all workers which saw the University witness many successes in the past year. Prof Kuma expressed his profound appreciation to all members of staff for their support during his stewardship as the Vice Chancellor of the University during the past four years.
Prof Kuma announced that the University had gone far with the procurement of the environmental monitoring laboratory equipment to the University in spite of several frustrations experienced during the transaction period. He further said that finally the agreement for the procurement through a DANIDA mixed-tied credit facility worth 7.84Million Euros had been signed and that all things being equal the equipment will arrive in the University later in 2017. He thanked all members for the various roles they played in making the dream of getting these equipment on UMaT campus a reality.
He also announced that the sod has finally been cut for the construction of the first phase of the School of Petroleum Studies on UMaT campus. This had been made possible with support from the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) with a seed capital of 2 Million Ghana Cedis. He also thanked all members of staff for the efforts they had made for the process to start.
He praised the staff and students who had worked very hard to position the University very well internationally by winning awards. He mentioned some of the awards as follows:
- In June 2016, the maiden edition of the Falling Walls Lab Ghana competition was organised by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in Accra. A UMaT student won the competition and two other students of UMaT placed 3rd and 5th.
- In September 2016, a UMaT student was the only Ghanaian among fifteen winners of the 2016 Young African Entrepreneurs Competition. The competition attracted 756 applicants from 38 countries.
- In October, 2016, a UMaT student won the 3rd National Quarry Life Awards (QLA) competition organised by Heidelberg Cement (HC) Group. Two other UMaT students placed 4th and 5th. The competition seeks to award the most innovative ideas to reclaim lands and protect biodiversity in areas where the HC Group, of which GHACEM is a member, operates.
- In October 2016, a UMaT student was one of ten winners of the Africa Energy Generation Prize 2016 and the only Ghanaian
- The Council of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Nairobi, Kenya has appointed Prof Richard Amankwah as a Visiting Professor in the Department of Mining, Materials and Petroleum Engineering at the College of Engineering and Technology.
- In September 2016, Mrs Millicent Agangiba was awarded the L’ Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science Award. The award is a Doctoral Fellowship worth 5 000 Euros.
- Assoc Prof Grace Ofori-Sarpong has been selected as the only woman in Sub-Saharan Africa to receive the 2017 Elsevier Foundation Awards in Engineering Sciences: Engineering, Innovation and Technology. Assoc Prof Ofori-Sarpong was one of 5 winners in the World for the award.
- In June 2016, the University received the European Society of Quality Research award for Best Practices in Quality Management.
- The World Confederation of Businesses awarded the University for being “a successful leader who works in an innovative, knowledgeable and systematic manner” in November 2016.
He congratulated all staff and students who have won awards and urged them to work harder in the coming year. According to the Vice Chancellor one of his priorities in the coming year would be to keep administrative costs as low as possible whilst the University strategically invested in the outstanding faculty and staff so as to maintain the excellent academic performance.
Source: Paul Y. A. Yeboah, Assistant Registrar (University Relations)