The Office of International Programmes (OIP) at the University of Mines and Technology (UMaT) organised an orientation programme for international students of the University on Friday, 10th February 2023. The orientation, which hosted both fresh and continuing international students from African and western countries was organised to apprise them of compliance with Ghana's law, immigration requirements, on-and off-campus resources and support services, as well as acquaint them with the Ghanaian local community and culture. The programme was attended by the management of the University and officials of the Ghana Immigration Service.
The Dean of International Programmes, Associate Professor Cynthia Boye in her address to the students said that the mandate of the University is to impart knowledge through research to solve the many problems of society. She, therefore, charged the students to focus on their studies in order to achieve the purpose for which they enrolled in the University. Speaking on the rules and regulations of the University, Professor Boye encouraged students to familiarize themselves with the recorders and policies that enshrine the code of conduct and the rules and regulations of the University.
The Pro Vice Chancellor, Professor Anthony Simons, who was the Chairman for the programme acknowledged that it takes time for international students to get familiar with the way of life in Ghanaian society. He advised that in order not for them to feel isolated, students should endeavour to socialise with the local students and participate in extra-curricular activities that will enable them to form good relationships and memorable experiences.
Professor Anthony Simons also encouraged the students to develop an optimistic mindset towards success and aim at becoming outstanding to impact the country. He also inspired them to celebrate the National Days of their respective countries, visit safe places of relaxation and tourist sites, and engage in religious activities to relief stress.
The Second in Command, Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) Tarkwa, DSI Kingsford Agyekum took the students through the immigration procedures and requirements that certify their legal migration into the country. He cautioned students to use approved entry points, avoid the engagement of middle-men, ensure that their documents are valid for the next six months, get the requisite stamps from home countries and point of entry on their passports and contact their respective embassies for renewal of expired passports.
Representatives of the Hall Council in the persons of Dr Mrs Christiana Nyarko and Dr Mrs Cecilia Addei took students through the rules and regulations of the halls. They cautioned the students to avoid going out late at night, to move in groups, dress decently, amongst others to ensure their safety in the University.
The Deputy Registrar in charge of Academic and Student Affairs, Mrs Lydia Ephraim also used the opportunity to congratulate the students on their decision to pursue various undergraduate programmes at the University. She said that the orientation will serve as a guide to a smooth and successful academic journey in Ghana. She urged the students to abide by the rules and regulations of the nation as well as the University