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Prof Richard K. Amankwah, Vice Chancellor, Presenting His Report to the Congregation Assembly

The University of Mines and Technology (UMaT), Tarkwa, held its second Mini Congregation on Saturday, 23rd April, 2022 to confer post graduate degrees on 27 graduands comprising 7 PhD and 20 Masters candidates. Five (5) out of the seven (7) PhD graduands were females. The special guest of honour was Mr Kwesi Enyan, Executive Director of Operations, Rocksure International Limited.

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One of the PhD Graduands Being Adorned

The Vice Chancellor, Prof Richard K. Amankwah stated that UMaT has made a research for the production of activated carbons using coconut shell and has therefore made an initiative to partner with Zaacoal Limited, a charcoal producing company in Accra, to commercialise the production of activated carbon for use by the gold mining industry as part of UMaT’s contribution to national development.

Prof Amankwah also mentioned that UMaT has made tremendous contributions to the reconstruction of the Appiatse community. ‘UMaT volunteered to conduct all geotechnical surveys towards the construction of the village free of charge’, he said. In addition to this, the Disaster and Emergency Management Hub (DEM Hub) of the University conducted studies on the area of explosion for data collection which has been shared with the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources. Again, Prof Amankwah stated that the Counselling and Student Support Unit, organised counselors in the Tarkwa Municipality to interact with the people of Appiatse who were traumatized by the explosion.

The Vice Chancellor noted that, in the quest of the University to increase its student population, UMaT has introduced a Private-Public-Partnership initiative called ‘Build-Own-Operate-Maintain (BOOM)’, as a new paradigm for development of hostels in UMaT. He then urged investors and estate developers to support this initiative to provide more accommodation facilities for students of the University.

The Special Guest of Honour, Mr Kwesi Enyan, Executive Director of Operations, Rocksure International Ghana acknowledged the stupendous contributions of the University to national development. He lauded the University for the promotion of sustainable and artisanal small scale mining through running of short courses on artisanal small scale mining, introduction of the ‘Sikabukyia’ for small scale mining operators to produce gold without the use of mercury, and the Radio School on Sustainable Artisanal and Small Scale Mining. According to Mr Enyan, these initiatives demonstrate the effort of the University to complement the agenda  Government to stop illegal mining.

Mr Enyan again lauded the University for its collaboration with the Ministry of Railways Development, which has led to the establishment of the School of Railways and Infrastructure Development (SRID), at Essikado to train the needed personnel for the railway industry. ‘This will facilitate Rocksure’s initiative to transport bauxite from Nyinahin Mpataso to the Takoradi Habour for export after exploration”, he added.

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The Special Guest, Mr Kwesi Enyan, Executive Director of Operations, Rocksure International Limited

The Chairman, University Council, Dr Stephen S. Yirenkyi, commended the Vice Chancellor for an award he received as the ‘Life Gold Legend’ at the Conversation Mine Reclamation Awards, 2022. He then congratulated management and staff of the University for their contribution to the development of the University.

The Foundation Vice Chancellor, Prof Daniel Mireku-Gyimah, Foundation Pro Vice Chancellor, Prof Newton Atta Amegbey and Foundation Registrar, Mr Emmanuel Kweku Bedai, were honoured after the ceremony for their commitment and hard work in the advancement of the University. Three facilities namely; the University Library, Mini Auditorium and Old Administration Block were renamed in their honour respectively.

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The Foundation Vice Chancellor, Prof Daniel Mireku-Gyimah

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The Foundation Vice Chancellor, Prof Daniel Mireku-Gyimah (left), Foundation Pro Vice Chancellor, Prof Newton Atta Amegbey (2nd from left), Foundation Registrar, Mr Emmanuel Kweku Bedai (right), with the Vice Chancellor, Prof Richard Kwasi Amankwah, (2nd from right)

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A Group Photograph after the Ceremony

Source: University Relations Office