The University of Mines and Technology (UMaT) at Tarkwa in the Western Region has held its 12th matriculation ceremony, admitting 542 fresh students this year.
This year, the university received 1,584 applications for admission to the various programmes at the university, including 1,527 Ghanaians and 57 international applicants. However, the university was able to admit only 34 per cent of the total applications, made up of 459 males and 83 females, with the females representing 15 per cent of the total number.
Rules and regulations
Addressing the students at the weekend, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Jerry S.Y Kuma, alluded to the fact that in every community, there were rules and regulations, codes of conduct, creeds, among other things that guided social behaviour and helped members to conform to the value system of that particular community sternly, and, therefore, warned students to desist from engaging in any acts that were agaisnt the norms of the school.
He said those who engaged in such behaviour would face outright dismissal and possible prosecution, stressing, ‘‘Take note that when you are caught committing any criminal offence such as cheating in examinations, stealing, ponding, assault and engaging in occultism, you would be dismissed outright and be handed over to the police to face the full rigours of the law.”
The vice chancellor declared that as a university, ‘‘We have done a lot to encourage more women to venture into engineering education over the years, through our gender-mainstreaming policy. We will, therefore, continue to evolve new initiatives to sustain the mainstreaming programme.’’
Prof. Kuma said the university admitted 53 students to pursue various programmes leading to the award of MSc, MPhil and PhD degrees, bringing the total postgraduate student population to 227, which is 10 per cent of the total student enrolment of 2,271.
‘‘Our goal over the years has been to increase total postgraduate enrolment into the university to 30 per cent of the total student population in the near future,’’ he said.
He also gave an assurance that the university was almost through with the approval from the National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE) and the National Accreditation Board (NAB) to begin a BSc programme in Renewable Energy Engineering and two MSc programmes in Engineering Management and Business and Technology.