UMaT Signs MoU with Kumasi Technical University

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Prof Kuma Exchanging the the Signed Documents with Prof Asiamah Yeboah
Prof Kuma Exchanging the the Signed Documents with Prof Asiamah Yeboah
In the spirit of the University’s academic relations and co-operation, the Vice Chancellor, Prof J. S. Y. Kuma on behalf of the University of Mines and Technology, Tarkwa, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Kumasi Technical University (KsTU) at a short ceremony held in the conference room of the University Auditorium. Prof Asiama Yeboah, the Interim Vice Chancellor of KsTU signed on behalf of the Kumasi Technical University.
The Vice Chancellor, Prof J. S. Y. Kuma, indicated to the team from the Kumasi Technical University the reasons why their request for UMaT to collaborate with them was in the right direction. He highlighted some of the achievements of the University and why the MoU would yield maximum mutual benefits for the two institutions. Prof Kuma further said that they had made the right choice by coming to UMaT for this collaboration because UMaT was the best public funded University and the most compliant of the standards and norms of the National Accreditation Board (NAB) and National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE) in Ghana today. He told the team that UMaT has the best Student-Teacher Ratio in science and engineering, a strong quality assurance system, practically oriented programmes, a very serene and a disciplined academic environment conducive for learning and competitive school fees regime.
Prof Kuma further indicated to the team that, as a specialised institution that trains engineers, UMaT’s programmes are designed such that a balance is achieved between theory and practical exercises both in the laboratories and in the field. This balance is to enable our graduates to get the requisite hands-on skills to prepare them adequately to enter the world of work. According to Prof Kuma field trips are therefore arranged for all students to mining and allied industries and then during the vacation, a considerable number of students are able to secure attachment to some mining, petroleum and other allied industries for internship. 
Responding, the Interim Vice Chancellor, Assoc Prof Asiamah Yeboah, indicated that Kumasi Technical University was one of the eight Polytechnics that were converted into Technical Universities by an Act of Parliament, Act (2016), 922 in September last year. According to him as part of the conversion they are supposed to collaborate with one local University and an international one. He said further that they found University of Mines and Technology (UMaT), Tarkwa as the ideal institution because according to him UMaT is a well established Technical University. The interim Vice Chancellor said that he was very excited that they had come to give meaning to the discussions that they started with Dr Bernard Kumi-Boateng who is the contact person from UMaT. He further indicated that although they also had some strengths, they were prepared to learn quickly from UMaT in the best possible ways so as to also become a well established Technical University in the country. He was hopefully that the MoU will bring mutual benefits to the two institutions going forward. 
Kumasi Technical University was established as Kumasi Technical Institute in 1954 and started with mainly craft courses. It became a polytechnic in 1963 with special focus in technician and diploma courses until it was converted to a Technical University in September, 2016. The University is organised into nine (9) faculties, schools and centres. The Faculty of Engineering has four (4) departments including the Departments of Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. 
The general objective of the MoU is to establish a framework through which the parties can foster and develop a relationship by which the two institutions can gain experiences through such activities as:
  1. Joint research activities 
  2. Staff and Students’ exchange for specific goals
  3. Conferences, Seminars and Publications
  4. Moderation of examination papers
  5. Planning and quality assurance
  6. Students’ project supervision and assessment 
  7. Workshop on staff development

A Group picture of Members who were at the Signing Ceremony
A Group picture of Members who were at the Signing Ceremony

Present at the signing ceremony from UMaT were the Pro Vice Chancellor of UMaT, Assoc Prof V. A. Temeng, the Acting Dean of Planning and Quality Assurance Unit, Assoc Prof S. Al-Hassan, the Dean of Faculty of Engineering, Prof Newton Amegbey, the Dean of the Office of International Programmes, Assoc Prof E. K. Asiam, the Head of Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Dr Bernard Kumi-Boateng, the Deputy Registrar, Dr J. Sika Akoto and the Head of the University Relations Office, Mr Paul Y. A. Yeboah. 
Also present from KsTU were the Acting Registrar of KsTU, Mr, Abraham Annan Adjei, the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Technology, Engr Assoc Prof Mike A. Acheampong and the Director of International Affairs and Institutional Linkages, Rev Dr John Poku. 
The Deputy Registrar of UMaT witnessed for UMaT whilst the Acting Registrar of KsTU witnessed for KsTU.
Source: Paul Y. A. Yeboah, Assistant Registrar (University Relations)
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