634 Students Graduate at the 14th Congregation Ceremony

The University of Mines and Technology has held its 14th Congregation Ceremony to confer various degrees on 634 graduands who successfully completed programmes during the 2021/2022 academic year.

Acting on behalf of the Chancellor of the University, H. E. John Agyekum Kufuor, the Chairman of the University Council, Dr Stephen Yirenkyi expressed satisfaction at the University’s commitment to its core mandate of training world-class human resources for the Mining and allied industries. In his address to Congregation, Dr Yirenkyi said that mining education in West Africa has become synonymous with UMaT.

Dr-S. S.-Yirenkyi-Chairman-of-CouncilDr S. S. Yirenkyi Chairman of Council

He commended all past officers of the University, the Ghana Chamber of Mines and all other sponsors especially the Government of Ghana, for their diverse contributions to the growth of the University.

Presenting his report to the 14th Congregation, the Vice Chancellor, Professor Richard Kwasi Amankwah indicated that out of the total degrees awarded, 89 were postgraduates comprising; 12 Doctor of Philosophy Degrees of which 8 are staff of the University, 2 Doctor of Science Honoris Causa, 75 Masters Degrees including 1 person living with disability and 2 Postgraduate Diplomas.

Professor Richard Amankwah, Vice Chancellor

At the Undergraduate level, 545 were awarded Bachelor of Science Degrees in various programmes while 109 were awarded Diplomas and Certificates. Of the 545 Graduands awarded BSc Degrees, 133 obtained First Class Honours representing 24% of the total.

As part of the highlights of the 14th Congregation, 3 Graduands from the Mining Engineering Department namely Mr Shadrak Kwesi Nuamah with a Cumulative Weighted Average (CWA) of 88.08% swept the coveted award for the Vice Chancellor’s Overall Best Graduating Student earning him a cash prize of GH¢2,000.00, a Laptop and a citation of honour. Miss Alberta Agyapomaa Tawiah with a CWA of 87.41% was awarded the Victoria Frempong Memorial Award for the Best Female Graduating Student, for her prize, she took home GH¢2,000 while Miss Mabel Obosu, the recipient of the Architect Ekow Sam Award for the Most Disciplined Student, also took home a cheque for GH¢1,000.

Mr Shadrack NuamahOverall Best Graduating Student
Mr Shadrack Nuamah
Miss Alberta Agyapomaa Tawiah The Best Female Graduating Student
Miss Alberta Agyapomaa Tawiah
Miss Mabel Obosu The Most Disciplined Student
Miss Mabel Obosu

Other Graduands who performed exceptionally in the various disciplines also received awards, some of which were instituted by corporate bodies, institutions and individuals. Awards received by Graduands from the Faculty of Mining and Minerals Technology(FMMT) included the Catherine Kuupol-Kuutor Award for Best Graduating Female Student in Minerals Engineering which went to Miss Ernestina Azure, whilst the Catherine Kuupol-Kuutor Award for the Best Graduating Student in Minerals Engineering went to Mr Theophilus Amos-Judge. The Kwesi Enyan Award for the Best Graduating Student (Undergraduate) in Mining Engineering and the Ghana Institution of Engineering Award for the Overall Best Engineering Student again, went to Mr Shadrack Kwasi Nuamah. Also, the Newmont Africa Award for the Best Female Graduating Student in Mining Engineering went to Miss Alberta Agyapomaa Tawiah. She took home a cash prize of $1,000, a laptop and the opportunity to undertake her national service at Newmont Ghana.

Awards received by Graduands from the Faculty of Geosciences and Environmental Studies (FGES) include; The Ghana Institution of Geoscientists Award for the Best Graduating Student in Geological Engineering, which was received by Mr Malik Miezah-Adams. The Ghana Institution of Surveyors Award for the Best Graduating Student in the Geomatic Engineering Department went to Mr John Agbelengor, while Miss Blesschild Baffour Asare received the Ghana Institution of Surveyors Award for the Best Project Work in the Geomatic Engineering Department. Mr Solomon Owusu Ansah also received the Prof Newton Amegbey Award for the Best Graduating Student in Environmental and Safety Engineering.

Left: Graduands, Right: Convocation

For the Faculty of Engineering (FOE), Mr Abraham Nsiah received the award for the Best Graduating Male Student in Mathematics. Awards at the Department of Computer Science namely; the Dr Albert Kwansah Ansah Award for the Overall Best Male Graduating Student, the Dr Mrs Millicent Agangiba award for Overall Best Female Graduating Student and the Head of Department’s award for Best Project Work in Computer Science went to Mr Emmanuel Nii Ayi Tagoe, Miss Fatima-Bint Ibrahim and Mr Felix Cobby Otoo, respectively.

Two international students who distinguished themselves namely; Mr Jarjusey Musa from the Department of Renewable Energy Engineering and Miss Nneoma Juanita Okeke from the Department of Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering received the Academic and Student Affairs Award for the Best International Male and Female Students.

The Vice Chancellor also in his report highlighted some of the developments which took place during the yearlong 70th Institutional Anniversary celebrations, such as; the simulation of a rescue operation in town following the detonation of explosives; the observance of the Sustainable Small-scale Mining Awareness Day on 2nd June to create awareness on the need to adopt sustainable and environmentally friendly methods in Artisanal and Small-scale mining; the organisation of the Career and Innovation Fair to encourage innovation among our students, the organisation of the 7th UMaT Biennial International Mining and Minerals Conference (70th anniversary edition); the establishment of the students’ mentorship programmes dubbed ‘Start Right and End Well’ for first years and the ‘Exit in Readiness’ for final year students; the hosting of the Managing Directors and General Managers Summit, where the mine-to-town concept was crystallised; and the relaunch of the UMaT Endowment Fund.

At the close of the Vice Chancellor’s address to the Congregation, he congratulated the Graduands and also charged them to protect the University’s values of Knowledge, Truth and Excellence which had been instilled in them. He urged them to identify some of the many problems in society and solve at least one significant problem for which they will be remembered.

  Director of Tertiary Education at the Ministry of Education, Dr Yao Yayra Dzakazie, Representative of the Minister of Education

In a speech read on behalf of the Minister for Education, Dr Yaw Osei AduTwum, by the Director of Tertiary Education at the Ministry of Education, Dr Yao Yayra Dzakazie, the Minister said that the Government together with the Ministry of Education places importance on key areas of modern education such as the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) which is the niche of the University. According to Dr Adutwum, STEM education cannot be overemphasized as technology is fast taking over daily activities in homes, schools, institutions and communities to solve real-world problems. Hence, with this realization, the Ministry of Education’s Strategic Plan 2018-2030 targets 60% of student enrolment into STEM programmes at the tertiary level.  He said that STEM education holds numerous prospects and benefits such as improving science literacy, and developing critical thinkers and innovators which in turn helps to sustain the development of economies.

Dr Adutwum indicated that the Ministry had identified that only 12% of existing enrolment at the pre-tertiary level were in Science Programmes hence, the full operationalization of seven Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEMS) schools across Ghana namely; the Awaso STEM School in the Western Region, Abomosu STEM School in the Eastern Region, Bosomtwe Girls STEM School and Bosomtwe STEM School both in the Ashanti Region, The Koase Secondary Technical School in the Ahafo Region, the Accra High School (Engineering Only) and the Kpesemkpe STEM School in the Northern Region.

The Guest Speaker further mentioned that the construction of 20 additional STEM centres was ongoing in various communities in Ghana and expressed confidence that the project would transform the learning of STEM subjects as students will have the opportunity to learn about electronics, coding, robotics, game development as well as character design.

Congregation

The Minister extended his congratulations to the Graduands and expressed optimism that they will impact the world with the education they had acquired. From the University. He also commended the University for its tremendous growth and urged it to continue to partner with Government in the area of education in order to transform the nation.

In addition to the highlights of the 14th Congregation was the conferment of Doctor of Science Honoris Causa on two distinguished Ghanaians namely; Hon Joe Ghartey, the former Sector Minister for the Ministry of Railways and the incumbent Member of Parliament for Essikado-Ketan Constituency, and Mr Kwesi Enyan, Executive Director in-charge of General Operations at Rocksure International Limited.  Hon Ghartey was awarded for the extensive work he did in the public sector, especially at the Ministry of Railways and also for the key role he played in the establishment of the University’s School of Railway and Infrastructure Development at Essikado in Sekondi. Mr Enyan was also awarded for the professional services he rendered in the Mining Industry and his unflinching contributions to the promotion of mining education in Ghana.

Hon Joe Ghartey, Esq. Doctor of Science Honoraries, Hon Joe Ghartey, Esq.
Mr Kwesi Enyan Doctor of Science Honoraries, Mr Kwesi Enyan

Two staff namely; Mr Joseph Woode of the Internal Audit Unit and Mr Richmond Amoah of the Development and Maintenance Unit also received recognition for their unique contributions to the growth of the University. Mr Woode was awarded the Best Worker Award for the year 2021/2022 under the Junior Staff Category, whereas Mr Richmond Amoah was awarded the Best Worker Award for the year 2021/2022 under the Senior Staff Category. Both staff received certificates of recognition and a cash prize of GH¢ 2,500.00 each.

Best Worker Awards: Mr Richmond Amoah and Mr Joseph Woode

For the 14th Congregation, there was a newly instituted award titled the Vice Chancellor’s Outstanding Performance Award. The nouvelle award went to Dr Yao Yevenyo Ziggah, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Geomatic Engineering and the Training Coordinator for the University. Dr Ziggah was awarded for being an outstanding academic and a prolific contributor to research in the University. For his award, he received a laptop and a cash prize of GH¢ 10,000.00.

Dr Yao Yevenyo Ziggah, recipient of the  Vice Chancellor’s Outstanding Performance Award

Officials who attended the Congregation included members of the University Council, the Former Vice Chancellor of the University Emeritus Professor Daniel Mireku-Gyimah, Vice Chancellors from sister universities and Members of Convocation. Other invited guests included Nananom from the Apinto Traditional Council, Managers from Mining and Allied Companies, Alumni, Members of the Press as well as parents and guardians of the Graduands.

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