UMaT Holds 9th Congregation Ceremony

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Prof Kuma Delivering His Address to Congregation
Prof Kuma Delivering His Address to Congregation
The University of Mines and Technology, Tarkwa, has held her 9th Congregation ceremony at an impressive ceremony at the University Auditorium. This year there were five hundred and ninety-eight (598) graduands who received various degrees including four (4) Doctor of Philosophy Degrees (PhD), forty-two Master of Science degrees, five (5) Master of Philosophy degrees, five hundred and thirty-seven (537) Bachelor of Science degrees in different engineering programmes of study, with one hundred and forty-one (141) of them in the first class division, nine (9) diploma certificates and one (1) certificate in English Language. 
Presenting his report to congregation, the Vice Chancellor, Prof J. S. Y. Kuma, acknowledged the presence of a number of personalities who came to grace the occasion and to lend their support to him. He highlighted on some of the achievements of the University during the year under review and indicated that, UMaT had won several awards because of the quality of the programmes of study which continued to improve and impress year in year out because of the devotion of staff to duty, thereby making UMaT’s graduates competitive and giving them the edge in the academic programmes they engage in with other institutions of higher learning. 
Prof Kuma paid glowing tribute to Government in its efforts at supporting the University to become a Centre of Excellence and expressed the gratitude of the University to the Government for the goodwill that the University had enjoyed over the years. He thanked the Government through the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) for providing seed money of two million Ghana Cedis to start the construction of the first phase of the School of Petroleum Studies  building on Campus. The estimated total cost of the SPS building is ten million Ghana Cedis and forms part of an eight million, five hundred thousand USD pledge by Government to transform the Department of Petroleum Engineering into a School of Petroleum Studies.
Prof Kuma used the occasion to call on Government to allow universities to keep their internally generated funds. He also appealed to Government through the Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation for Government to reconsider her request to Universities to remit 34% of their Internally Generated Funds (IGF) to Central Government. 
On the issue of illegal small scale mining, popularly known as ‘galamsey’ and its impact on the environment, Prof Kuma reiterated UMaT’s unflinching support to His Excellency President Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo Addo’s resolve to sanitise the small scale mining sector of illegal activities. He thanked Government, the Honourable Minister for Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation Hon Prof Kwabena Frimpong Boateng and the Honourable Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Hon John Peter Amewu for taking into consideration UMaT’s views on the minerals sector in the country. Prof Kuma further expressed the University’s appreciation to His Excellency, the President for giving approval for an amount of GH₵500,000 for the University to start the training of the small scale miners. 
Hon Prof Frimpong Boateng Addressing Congregation
Hon Prof Frimpong Boateng Addressing Congregation
The Special Guest of Honour for the occasion, the Honourable Minister for Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Prof Kwabena Frimpong Boateng, in his address observed that UMaT remained very unique because according to him there were only few countries in the world that had such universities dedicated to the study of mining. He congratulated the Vice Chancellor, Prof J. S. Y. Kuma and the entire faculty for the continuous application of the best standards in the training of the students. He also applauded the University with regards to the outcomes of several research projects which he said needed to be scaled-up for their benefits to be fully realised. Notable among them which he singled out are:
  1. A technology that uses plastic waste to upgrade bauxite ore to yield 90% alumina as against the present grade of 40 to 45%.  
  2. A polymer reduction technology where carbonaceous material found in plastic waste can be used to produce metallic iron instead of having to import the conventional material i.e. metallurgical coke from abroad.
  3. A technology that recycles plastic waste to fuel.
  4. A technology to produce activated carbons from local waste materials such as palm kernel shells and coconut shells in the laboratory.
  5. A direct smelting technology that helps to eliminate the use of mercury by small scale miners in the gold extraction process.
The Minister for Education, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, in a speech read on his behalf congratulated the University Administration led by the Vice Chancellor, Prof Kuma for the continues application of the best standards in academic programme delivery, which had translated into many in the field who were proving themselves adding that the Ministry of Education recognised UMaT’s continues effort in maintaining the highest standards with respect to the best Student-Teacher Ratio and a very strong quality assurance system which aided high quality outcomes.
Dr Lewis Brew being Congratulated by the Vice Chancellor
Dr Lewis Brew being Congratulated by the Vice Chancellor
The Western Regional Minister, Dr Kwaku Afriyie was full of praise for the good work going on in the University. According to him although he always passed by the University all the time he did not know that UMaT has made great strides in research in order to develop the nation and was very impressed about the achievements the University has chalked nationally and in technology. He therefore indicated that the University needed to be supported to grow.
Some Graduands at the Congregation
Some Graduands at the Congregation
For the graduands, the Vice Chancellor and the other speakers admonished them to uphold the core values of UMaT which are Knowledge, Truth and Excellence and implored them to be innovative and entrepreneurial in all their endeavours. The Vice Chancellor also prayed for them either to get employment soon after their national service or start their own businesses and employ others.
Source: Paul Y.A. Yeboah, Assistant Registrar (University Relations)
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