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Student Awards

Student Awards

Student Awards

Total Petroleum Ghana Ltd awards four Scholarships to UMaT Students

 

The Beneficiary Students in a group photograph with the Vice Chancellor Prof J.S.Y. Kuma and other Officials
The Beneficiary Students in a group photograph with the Vice Chancellor Prof J.S.Y. Kuma and other Officials

Total Petroleum Ghana Ltd has awarded scholarships to four (4) brilliant students in need of the University of Mines and Technology (UMaT), Tarkwa. This is to aid the students financially for the 2016/2017 academic year to pay for their Academic Facility User Fees (AFUF) and to support their living expenses. The award is for a period of one year but subject to renewal every year. Each student was awarded three thousand, five hundred Ghana Cedis (GH¢3 500) for the academic year. At a ceremony to present the award letters to the students, the Vice Chancellor, Prof J. S. Y. Kuma, congratulated them for being those selected for the awards for the first time.

Prof Kuma encouraged them to see the awards as a testimony of their hard work and that this should motivate them to work harder in the years ahead to enable Total Petroleum to renew the scholarships every year.Prof Kuma advised them to be of good character and exhibit a positive attitude since according to him these attributes would surely open doors for them to go higher in their endeavours. Prof Kuma informed them that the scholarship they were benefiting from came about as a result of an encounter he had with the Managing Director of Total Petroleum Ghana Limited in Accra sometime in 2013. He admonished them to work extra hard in their studies to make good the trust reposed in them.
The students are:
1.    Albert Tangibor - 2nd year Geomatic Engineering.
2.    Priscilla Naa Ayorkor Tagoe - 2nd year Computer Science and Engineering.
3.    Ahobow Ebenezer - 2nd year Mathematics
4.    Mathias Ebisah Acquah  - 4th year Minerals Engineering

The Registrar, Mr A. K. Doku thanked the Vice Chancellor for the support he continued to offer students of the University and most especially those receiving the awards and also told the students to work hard to prove they were up to the task. One of the students, Mr Mathias Ebisah Acquah thanked the Vice Chancellor for making this assistance come true at the time they needed it most. He promised that they would work very hard to prove the trust reposed in them in the years ahead of them.Present at the ceremony were Dr Issaka Yakubu, the immediate past Training Coordinator, Mr Theophilus Andoh-Robertson, the University Counsellor and Mr Paul Y. A. Yeboah, the University Relations Officer.

 

Source: Paul Y. A. Yeboah, Assistant Registrar (University Relations)

UMaT Student Wins maiden edition of the Falling Walls Lab Ghana competition organised by German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

Mr Dickson Adjei displaying his Certificate whiles officials of DAAD look on
Mr Dickson Adjei displaying his Certificate whiles officials of DAAD look on

In June this year, the maiden edition of the Falling Walls Lab Ghana competition was organised by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in Accra. Mr Dickson Adjei, a BSc Minerals Engineering graduate of UMaT won the competition that also had other students of UMaT placing 3rd and 5th. Mr. Adjei presented a project entitled “Breaking the wall of mercury pollution: The Latern Retort”. His prize is a Brussels Airlines sponsored trip to Berlin, Germany to represent Ghana in the International Falling Walls Lab on 8th November, 2016.

The Falling Walls Lab competition is a challenging and interdisciplinary platform that offers the opportunity for excellent academics and professionals to present their innovative ideas, research projects and social initiatives. A prestigious jury from science and business awards the best participants.  

At a short ceremony to present his certificate to the Vice Chancellor, Prof J.S.Y. Kuma, the Vice Chancellor reiterated the point that it was as a result of the quality of UMaT’s programmes of study which continue to improve and impress year in year out because of the devotion of the staff to duty. This makes UMaT’s graduates competitive giving them the edge in the academic programmes they engage in with peers from other institutions of higher learning in similar disciplines resulting in the laurels they win in the competitions they participate in.

The Vice Chancellor, Prof Kuma congratulating Mr Adjei
The Vice Chancellor, Prof Kuma congratulating Mr Adjei

Prof Kuma thanked Mr Adjei for making the University proud and encouraged him to work very hard to win the ultimate competition when he represents Ghana in Germany in November 2016.

 

Source: Paul Y. A. Yeboah,

Assistant Registrar (University Relations)

UMaT Student Wins maiden edition of the Falling Walls Lab Ghana competition organised by German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) (2)

Mr Dickson Adjei displaying his Certificate whiles officials of DAAD look on
Mr Dickson Adjei displaying his Certificate whiles officials of DAAD look on

In June this year, the maiden edition of the Falling Walls Lab Ghana competition was organised by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in Accra. Mr Dickson Adjei, a BSc Minerals Engineering graduate of UMaT won the competition that also had other students of UMaT placing 3rd and 5th. Mr. Adjei presented a project entitled “Breaking the wall of mercury pollution: The Latern Retort”. His prize is a Brussels Airlines sponsored trip to Berlin, Germany to represent Ghana in the International Falling Walls Lab on 8th November, 2016.

The Falling Walls Lab competition is a challenging and interdisciplinary platform that offers the opportunity for excellent academics and professionals to present their innovative ideas, research projects and social initiatives. A prestigious jury from science and business awards the best participants.  

At a short ceremony to present his certificate to the Vice Chancellor, Prof J.S.Y. Kuma, the Vice Chancellor reiterated the point that it was as a result of the quality of UMaT’s programmes of study which continue to improve and impress year in year out because of the devotion of the staff to duty. This makes UMaT’s graduates competitive giving them the edge in the academic programmes they engage in with peers from other institutions of higher learning in similar disciplines resulting in the laurels they win in the competitions they participate in.

The Vice Chancellor, Prof Kuma congratulating Mr Adjei
The Vice Chancellor, Prof Kuma congratulating Mr Adjei

Prof Kuma thanked Mr Adjei for making the University proud and encouraged him to work very hard to win the ultimate competition when he represents Ghana in Germany in November 2016.

 

Source: Paul Y. A. Yeboah,

Assistant Registrar (University Relations)

UMaT to Represent Ghana for the 2016 Africa Petrobowl Quiz in Nigeria (2)


Dr S Ndur (HOD of Petroleum Engineering) receiving the award from the president of the SPE

The University of Mines and Technology (UMaT) has won the bid to represent Ghana in this year’s Petro Bowl Quiz competition scheduled to take place on the 19th March 2016, at Benin City of Nigeria. This was after the University, represented by students of the Department of Petroleum Engineering won the context out of the five Universities that contested. The programme which has been organized by the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) since 2002, made history this time around when UMaT as a host institution also won at the same time.

Speaking at the programme, the student representative for SPE Ghana Chapter, Mr. James Allotey–Okai said that the SPE Petro Bowl Competition does not take place in Ghana alone but also worldwide. According to him, the Quiz was organized to select a winner to represent Ghana at the Africa Regional Petro Bowl qualifiers in Nigeria. He also indicated that the mission was to collect, disseminate, and exchange technical knowledge concerning the exploration, development and production of Oil and Gas resources and related technologies for the benefit of the public. Mr. Allotey-Okai added that the winner is qualified to represent the Africa Regional Petro Bowl Competition and the winner would be qualified for the annual conference and exhibition to be held in Dubai.

In an interview with the Faculty Adviser for SPE, UMaT Chapter and Lecturer at the Department of Petroleum Engineering, Mr Richard Amorin said Petro Bowl Competition has really helped students to acquire more knowledge from both ‘in’ and ‘outside’ the classroom. According to him, the questions from the competitions go beyond what they studied in class. Mr Amorin said that UMaT joined the SPE Petro Bowl Competition only last year but were able to win the 3rd position. This was their second time of participating but due to hard work and determination they became 1st.  This according to Mr Amorin shows that the UMaT students have really improved in their studies.

The Public Relations Officer for SPE Petro Bowl UMaT Chapter, William Divine Bakorko expressed his gratitude to the members of SPE for organizing a successful competition.

In an interview with some competitors from the other Universities, they all pledged their support for UMaT. According to them, a win for UMaT at the next level of the competition will be a win for Ghana.

Source: Paul Y.A. Yeboah
Assistant Registrar (UR)

UMaT Student Wins “International Quarry Life Innovation and Biodiversity” Award

Kwasi Boadu Ntiamoah, a level 400 Student of the University of Mines and Technology has won the “Innovation and Biodiversity” Award at the 2014 Global Quarry Life Competition held in Prague, Czech Republic.

The Quarry Life Award, instituted and sponsored by Heidelberg Cement seeks to promote competition in research projects to afford Heidelberg Cement, global manufacturer of cement the opportunity to improve on its biodiversity management practices as well as share best practice examples with the public.

The Award instituted two years ago, has generated great enthusiasm among researchers, students, and environmental associations across the five continents. This year’s competition attracted 400 project proposals from 22 countries.

Out of the entries, 95 projects were selected for the competition in five different categories: Biodiversity and Education, Innovation and Biodiversity, Biodiversity Enhancement, Raising Public Awareness, and Student Project. The best project in each category was awarded with a cheque for €10,000, while a Grand Prize winner received a cheque for €30,000 as the best overall project.

Ntiamoah, who also placed second in the overall Global Quarry Life Award, out of 400 project proposals from 22 countries, won Ghana’s Quarry Life Award a couple of months ago with a project entitled “The use of vermicompost as treatment for topsoil in restoring biodiversity”.

Ntiamoah’s project was against the backdrop that in Ghana, more than US$ 2 billion worth organic foodstuffs were wasted in 2012 and about 1.3 billion tonnes of organic food produced globally was wasted annually, according to Food Agriculture Organisation (FAO).

The project aimed at converting the wasted organic food into powerful compost that has the power to restore the soil fertility at any quarry site during reclamation to promote biodiversity by using worm species called Eudrilus eugeniae (African Night Crawler) and also to free the environment from any adverse effect generated by the organic food waste.  

The international jury for the Gobal Quarry Life Award was composed of Daniel Gauthier, Member of the Managing Board; Richard Grimmett, Director for Conservation at BirdLife International; Erasto Mark Njavike, Program Manager at Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots in Tanzania; Dr. Michael Rademacher, Biodiversity and Natural Resources Director at Heidelberg Cement; and Dr. Ulrich Tränkle, Director of AGLN, a consultancy for landscape planning and nature conservation management.

“This second edition of the Global Quarry Life Award was a resounding success,” said Daniel Gauthier, Member of the Managing Board of Heidelberg Cement, in his welcome address.

An elated Ntiamoah, later told the media that the award was a demonstration that the University he attends can match any other institution in the world in term of quality, research and innovation.  
 

UMaT Student Wins GHACEM Quarry Life National Awards

Kwasi Boadu Ntiamoah, a fourth year Bsc Geological Engineering Student from the University of Mines and Technology (UMaT), Tarkwa, has won the second edition of the Quarry Life National Awards (QLA) organized by the country's foremost cement manufacturer, GHACEM Ltd.

The ceremony, held at the Movenpick Ambassador Hotel in Accra on Thursday, saw Mr. Kwasi Boadu Ntiamoah claim the 5,000 Euro (GHc19,941.50) prize at stake, as his project on “The use of vermicompost from organic food waste as a potential treat for topsoil in restoring Biodiversity at quarry site reclamation“ was adjudged the best.

His closest competitor, Reuben Danso Mintah, also from the University of Mines and Technology – who placed second with his project about the “Protecting Communities from Quarry Dust using pennisetumpurpureum as a dust barrier to promote Biodiversity in a Mining Site,”took home GHc 11,691.90 (3000 Euro) as Millicent Amekugbe from the Department of Animal Biology and Conservation Science, University of Ghana), the third placed, won GHc5,982.4 (1,500 Euro) with her project, “Implications of Edge Effects as a tool in assisting ecological succession.”

Five projects, including those of Dr. Jonathan Hogarh (Department of Environmental Science, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology – KNUST) and Bridget Akpably (Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Cape Coast) which won fourth and fifth prize respectively were selected for the QLA initiative which seeks to source ideas towards the effective management of biodiversity in all mining sites of Heidelberg Cement (HC) Group, the mother company of GHACEM.

In his speech, the Managing Director of GHACEM, Mr. Morten Gade, noted that the QLA was launched by Heidelberg Cement Group of Germany to among others, raise the knowledge of the biological value of mining sites and contribute to further enhancing it since the Group was committed to managing biodiversity during and after extraction.
“As a responsible company that gives true meaning to government's local Content Policy, Ghacem he said will continue to mine responsibly and ensure that it looks for innovative ways of restoring degraded lands after mining.

Mr. Gade applauded the 5 finalists for showing professionalism and dedication towards their various projects and particularly hailed the overall best winner and hoped the project emerges best globally at a later global award ceremony which will be held in Prague, Czech Republic.

Hon Bernice Adiku Heloo in an address read on behalf of  the Minister of Environment Science Technology and Innovation commended Ghacem and its mother company, Heidelberg Cement for their contribution to Ghana's socio-economic development through the QLA initiative which seeks to ensure environmental sustainability.
“Ghana's economy depends mostly on Agriculture, Forestry and mining which rely directly on the exploitation of our natural resources as such efforts aimed at sustainably managing the environment after these mining activities to create a win-win situation deserves special commendation”.

She urged other mining companies to follow the Ghacem example by doing well to the environment through the introduction of innovative ways to reclaim land and promote biodiversity after their activities to safeguard the environment.

Present at the event were top Executives of Ghacem and the QLA. They included, Kwabena Labi Addo, the National Coordinator, Mr. Solomon Ayiah, the QLA Communications Coordinator, Mr. Daniel Fordjour Agyemang ,Dr. Erasmus Owusu and Mr. Yaw Kwakye, National Jury members. Also present was the Deputy Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI), Hon. Bernice Adiku Heloo, who represented the sector Minister as the Guest speaker and Nii Osah Mills, the Minister for Land and Natural Resources, Prof J. S. Y. Kuma, Vice Chancellor of UMaT.