Dr Stephen Ndede, Chairman of the Governing Board of the Tertiary Education Fund of Ghana Chamber of Mines commissioning the Smart Board
The Ghana Chamber of Mines through the Governing Board of its Tertiary Education Fund (TEF), on Friday, 9th July, 2021 installed a GH¢ 173,871.62 (USD29,977.87) worth Smart Board Technology at the University’s School of Postgraduate Studies, Tarkwa to support virtual teaching and learning. The equipment included hardware and software components of the SMART Board 7086R series interactive flat panel with iQ; SMART Team Works software and Accessories. Dr Stephen Ndede, Chairman of the Governing Board of the Chamber’s TED commissioned the equipment.
In his remarks, Dr Stephen Ndede stated that Covid-19 has taught us a great deal of lessons, one of which is how physical presence or location should not be a hindrance to work or studies. He added that the mining industry in Ghana, re-adjusted their work programmes to enable non-technical staff to work from home during the height of the pandemic but productivity was not negatively affected. It was therefore not out of order when the Governing Board received a request from UMaT for the procurement of the smart equipment to enhance virtual teaching and learning. Dr Stephen Ndede also stated that 15 Lecturers and IT Officers from the University had been trained to handle the Smart Board Technology and expressed confidence that the University will ensure planned maintenance of the equipment.
Dr Stephen Ndede giving his remarks
At the ceremony, the Governing Board of the TEF also awarded some faculty members and post-graduate students with research grants to equip them to undertake various inquiries into topics that are relevant to the mining industry. Dr Stephen Ndede stated that the Governing Board partnered with the Chamber’s Technical Committee to review applications through a rigorous screening process and approved research topics which will be carried out in the various mining companies within the Chamber’s membership to help bring improvements, reduce cost, and enhance productivity for member companies.
Three (3) faculty members were awarded a total of GH¢173,246 (USD29,870) while 7 postgraduate students received a total of GH¢170,359.92 (USD 29,372.4). The Chairman of the TEF Governing Board stated that Industry Supervisors will be assigned to the postgraduate researchers to ensure mutual benefits between industry and academia. Dr Ndede therefore charged the awardees to keep the high expectations of them and that the Chamber will expect the outcomes of their research to impact positively on the mining industry.
Professor Grace Ofori-Sarpong, Dean of the School of Postgraduate Studies, at the ceremony stated that the Ghana Chamber of Mines has initiated various support programmes including the construction of the Mining and Minerals Faculty block, award of scholarship schemes to students and expressed satisfaction with the installation of the Smart Board Technology.
Professor Grace Ofori-Srapong, Dean of the School of Postgraduate Studies giving a briefing on the various support schemes initiated by the Governing Board of the Chamber’s Tertiary Education Fund to assist UMaT
Assoc Prof Anthony Simons, Pro Vice-Chancellor of UMaT, thanked the Governing Board of the Chamber’s Tertiary Education Fund for the various support schemes they have initiated to aid research, teaching and learning at UMaT. "Giving us this smart board technology will go a long way to help us in teaching and learning. We promise to draw a maintenance schedule for it and make sure it goes through its life span", the Pro Vice Chancellor stated. He further expressed optimism that the awards granted to the researchers would be put to good use to motivate the Chamber to always support UMaT to take its right position".
Assoc Pro Anthony Simons, Pro Vice Chancellor giving his remarks
Assoc Prof Anthony Simons (front right), Pro Vice Chancellor, Mr M. K. Okrah (behind the Pro VC), Registrar, Dr Stephen Ndede (front left), and Mr Jonathan Sakoe (behind Dr Ndede), Finance Officer, during an interactive session
Professor William Buah, one of the awardees, on behalf of his colleagues, assured that they will work hard to come out with findings that will help develop the mining industry.
In a related development, the Governing Board and some members of the Chamber’s Secretariat inspected progress of work at the site for the construction of the Mining and Minerals Faculty block. Work was steadily progressing within schedule.
A student beneficiary (right) receiving her award
A group photograph after the ceremony
A group photograph after inspection at the construction site
Source: T. B. Eshun
University Relations Office