A total of 506 graduands received various degrees at the 10th Congregation of the University of Mines and Technology, Tarkwa (UMaT) at the weekend
The Chancellor of the University, Former President John Agyekum Kufuor presided over the ceremony.
This was his first, since assuming the high office as Chancellor of the University.
The Chancellor appealed to Parliament through the Ministry of Education to expedite action and approve the fees for the 2018/2019 academic year to enable the
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He also charged the University to continue to strive to aspire to become the MIT of Africa in the near future.
He called for a concerted effort to ensure the development of a far-
On infrastructural projects on campus, Prof Kuma said that UMaT had a number of infrastructural projects on campus which were ongoing but inadequate funding had stalled their progress in recent times.
Notable among these projects were the new administration block, a 4-storey faculty block, a 2-storey 8 Flats of 3-Bedroom each and a 2-storey cafeteria block, most of which had seen little progress during the year under review.
He used the occasion to appeal for the early release of an annual allocation of GH₡5,000,000 President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo promised the University during the investiture of the Chancellor in January this year, to support the completion of the projects.
The Special Guest of Honour for the occasion, the Minister of State for Tertiary Education, Prof Kwesi Yankah, in his address observed that UMaT remained very unique because, according to him, “unlike past trends where science and technology-based universities progressively became predominantly humanistic, UMaT is one of few universities that remained 100% committed to science and engineering“.
He congratulated the University for choosing no other personality than the towering former President John Agyekum Kufuor as its first Chancellor. He also praised the University Council for re-naming the University after George Alfred Grant, popularly called Paa Grant, a true patriot, statesman and noble personality.
He was hopeful that, with the association of the University with these two great men, the sky would be the limit for UMaT. Prof Yankah reiterated Government’s commitment to assist UMaT to cope with admissions as a result of the free SHS policy which according to him “will lead to an influx of qualified applicants knocking our doors, and those of other Universities come 2020”.
To further motivate had working students, those who excelled received various awards instituted by the University, other organisations and some individuals.
This year the Vice Chancellor’s overall best graduating student went to Mr Samuel Otu with a CWA of 90.56 from the Environmental and Safety Engineering Department. His award was made up of a certificate, a laptop and a cash prize of GH¢2,000.
The Laptop was sponsored by the
The immediate past SRC President, Mr Hamza Sherif Mohammed was awarded the UMaT excellent in leadership award for showing great leadership and bringing about enormous development during his tenure as SRC President, whilst Miss Abigail Damoah was awarded the exemplary character award because she exhibited a remarkable character of integrity and led by example the true meaning of the University’s guiding philosophy, which is to develop students’ intellectual capabilities and help them appreciate good social and moral values through knowledge, truth and excellence. The two received citations and cash prizes. According to Prof Kuma, the awards were presented to the awardees to encourage all other students to always stand up for the best as they passed through the University and to let them know that hard work really pays.
To the graduands, Prof Kuma and the other speakers encouraged them to uphold the core values of UMaT which are Knowledge, Truth and Excellence and charged them to be innovative and entrepreneurial in all their endeavours because they were trained by the best University to always get the work done.
As part of celebrating the 10th Congregation of the University, seven personalities who have distinguished themselves by serving mother Ghana with distinction and contributed to the development of UMaT were awarded honorary doctorate degrees (DSc honoris causa).
They included, Prof Daniel Mireku-Gyimah, Foundation
Some of the distinguished personalities who were present at the congregation included the Honourable Western Regional Minister, Hon Dr Kwaku Afriyie, the Chairman of the University Council, Dr S. S. Yirenkyi, Prof Ndowa Lale, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Port Harcourt, some members of the University Council, Hon George Mireku Duker, the MP for Tarkwa Nsuaem Constituency, Mr Gilbert Ben Asmah, the Municipal Chief Executive for Tarkwa Nsuem Municipal Assembly, Prof Jonas Addai Mensah from the University of South Australia (UniSA), some Registrars and Finance Officers of some Sister Universities and the Granddaughter of George Alfred Grant, Ms Christine Dadson who attended the ceremony with two other family members.