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Assoc Prof Bernard Kumi-Boateng Appointed a Visiting Professor at the University of the Gambia

Assoc Prof Bernard Kumi Boateng
Assoc Prof Bernard Kumi Boateng

The Council of the University of the Gambia has appointed Assoc Prof Bernard Kumi-Boateng as a Visiting Professor in the School of Arts and Sciences to teach courses in Quantitative Methods in Geography and Field Methods in Geography. The appointment is from the 6th to the 20th January, 2019.

Dr Bernard Kumi-Boateng is an Associate Professor in Geomatic Engineering at the University of Mines and Technology (UMaT), Tarkwa, Ghana and currently the Dean of Students. He was educated at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana, the International Institute of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation, the Netherlands and the University of Mines and Technology, Tarkwa, where he obtained his PhD in Geomatic Engineering in July 2012. Assoc Prof Kumi-Boateng has ample experience in land, mine and compensation surveys, application of geographic information systems, remote sensing in mapping vegetation and land access management which he acquired through both academic research and industrial consulting activities. He has carried out research of local, national and international importance, and has over 30 published papers and numerous technical reports on various subjects to his credit.   

Assoc Prof Bernard Kumi-Boateng is a distinguished scholar of international repute and has provided dedicated service for many years to the University of Mines and Technology (UMaT), Tarkwa and others such as Kumasi Technical University and Takoradi Technical University. He has worked very hard and risen through the ranks to the status of an Associate Professor of Geomatic Engineering in 2016.

Assoc Prof Kumi-Boateng serves on the Ghana National Committee of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) and in 2017; he was appointed to serve on the International Final Awards and Examiners’ Appointments Committee of WAEC. In that same year, he was selected by Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Programme of the USA to serve as a Reviewer to evaluate project requests from higher education Institutes in African Countries. He was part of a group of people sponsored by the World Bank for the first Regional Capacity Building Workshop on benchmarking African Universities.

His research interests include the application of Topology in Land and Compensation Surveys, use of Remote Sensing and GIS Techniques in Environmental Management and Spatial Statistics. He is a member of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, the African Association of Remote Sensing of the Environment, the Canadian Institute of Geomatics, a Member of the Ghana Institution of Engineers, a Fellow of the West African Institute of Mining and a Professional Member of the Ghana Institution of Surveyors.

The Vice Chancellor, Prof J. S. Y. Kuma, congratulated Assoc Prof Kumi-Boateng on behalf of UMaT for the appointed and assured him of his unwavering support for him to succeed in his new role as a Visiting Professor. He wished him well and further told him to bring to bear on his new role the positive attributes he has acquired from UMaT and always let the core values of Truth, Knowledge and Excellence of the UMaT stand out and impact whatever he will do at The University of the Gambia.

Source: Paul Y. A. Yeboah, Head, University Relations Office

UMaT Student is the only Ghanaian Selected among Ten Finalists for the Africa Energy Generation Prize for 2016

Mr Prince Essel

Mr Prince Essel
Mr Prince Essel, a UMaT final year BSc Electrical and Electronic Engineering student has been selected among ten finalists for the 2016 maiden Africa Energy Generation Prize and the only Ghanaian. 
This is the first pan-African innovation and invention contest of non-conventional energy sources. The competition was organised by the Energy Generation Africa, Paris, with support from Akon Lighting Africa Initiative, Solektra Solar Academy, Bamako, Mali, and Schneider Electric, France. 
The competition received several applications from young energy project leaders across Africa but only 40 applications from 16 nationalities were short-listed and ten finalists were selected to be integrated into the Energy Generation Academy for a one year high level training programme.
The Energy Generation Academy is the first training center with the objective to provide young project leaders the required specialised training of excellence in the development of unconventional sources of energy. This is to promote access to electricity in sub-Saharan Africa through technological innovation and youth entrepreneurship. Mr Essel will be staying in the pan-African Energy Generation Academy which is based in Lomé, Togo for one year for the training programme. 
Mr Prince Essel’s project is to develop a 25 Megawatt greenfield biodiesel power plant known as Komenda 25 project as a remedy for the country’s energy crisis. 
Three top finalists who would be selected by a Jury would be rewarded with 5,000, 3,000 and 2,000 Euros each as well as training in the Solektra Solar Academy in Bamako, Mali. The Awards ceremony has been scheduled for January 2017 in Lomé, Togo.
Source: Paul Y.A. Yeboah, Assistant Registrar, (University Relations)