Deputy Ministers for Lands and Natural Resources Pay a Working Visit to UMaT

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The Vice Chancellor Explaining a Point to the Deputy Ministers
The Vice Chancellor Explaining a Point to the Deputy Ministers
 
The two Deputy Ministers of the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, Mr Benito Owusu-Bio and Mrs Barbara Oteng-Gyasi,  have paid a working visit to the University of Mines and Technology (UMaT), Tarkwa. During a courtesy call on the Vice Chancellor, Prof J. S. Y. Kuma in his Office, the Deputy Ministers informed him that they were in the University to familiarise themselves with on-going projects that are being funded from the Mineral Development Fund (MDF) in the Western Region. 
 
Prof Kuma thanked the Deputy Ministers for visiting UMaT and made a short presentation about the history of the University to them. He informed them that as the only University of the type in West Africa, students come from several countries in Africa to study at UMaT and that the University has produced mining engineers and other professionals in related engineering disciplines who are found all over the world providing quality services to their companies. He also said that UMaT was the best public funded University in Ghana today because the University had the best Student-Teacher Ratio in science and engineering in the country and a very strong quality assurance system among other criteria and the most compliant of the standards and norms of the NCTE and NAB.
 
Prof Kuma made a request to the Ministry through the Deputy Ministers to re-look at the new MDF Act which did not give importance to the development of research in higher education institutions. According to Prof Kuma, only 3% was allocated to Research in higher education institutions, which to him was woefully inadequate. He requested the Ministry to look into the Act again when there was an opportunity to review it.
 
A Group Photograph with the Deputy Ministers and other Officials
A Group Photograph with the Deputy Ministers and other Officials
 
Mrs Barbara Oteng Gyasi, who is the Deputy Minister in charge of mining agreed with Prof Kuma and indicated that as the only Mining University in West Africa, UMaT needed to be supported with funds from the MDF to expand its academic programmes and infrastructure so that more students from the West African Sub-Region could be attracted into the University.
 
After the felicitations the team went on a tour to inspect the on-going projects on campus. The projects inspected included the construction of a 5-storey Administration block, the construction of a 4-storey Faculty block, the construction of a sports facility, the re-construction of access road on Campus, the construction of a 2-storey classroom block, the construction of a 2-storey cafeteria block and the construction of a 2-storey 8 - flat of 3-bedrooms each.
 
Source: Paul Y. A. Yeboah, Assistant Registrar (University Relations)
 
 
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