Group Photograph of the Clerks with Management
The University of Mines and Technology (UMaT), received a delegation of Clerks from the Presbyterian Church of Ghana on 26th May, 2022 as part of their schedules for their 2022 Retreat. The Clerks were led by Rev Nii-Mensah Adjei, Ga Presbytery Clerk, to acquaint themselves with the University.
The Pro Vice Chancellor, Prof Anthony Simons, welcomed them and commended the Presbyterian Ministry for its immense contribution towards education in Ghana. He briefed the Clerics on the University’s history, programmes of study, and its contribution towards quality engineering education and skills acquisition.
Prof Simons stated that the University runs a one-year Pre-Engineering (Arts to Engineering) Programme for Non-Science students who aspire to pursue STEM related courses in the University, to prepare them for the various engineering programmes of choice.
He added that the University has partnered with Zaacoal Limited, a charcoal producing company in Accra, to commercialise the production of activated carbon for the Mining and Allied Industry.
According to Prof Simons, the University is currently offering free geo-technical services towards the reconstruction of Appiatse. Also, the Counselling and Student Support Unit (CSSU) organised counsellors in the Municipality to interact with the victims of the explosion.
Prof Simons stated that UMaT has made tremendous contributions towards the fight against illegal mining. Notable amongst the contributions are the institution of sustainable ‘Artisanal and Small Scale Mining’ (ASM) Radio School aired on the University’s radio station (Dynamite 88.9 FM) to educate the general populace and especially, small scale miners on sustainable mining practices. Additionally, the University with support from the Ghana National Association of Small Scale Miners (GNASSM) and the Minerals Commission has instituted the ‘Small-Scale Mining Awareness Day’ to be celebrated on 2nd June every year.
Prof Anthony Simons, Pro Vice Chancellor (1st from left), Dr Stephen S. Yirenkyi, Council Chairman (middle) and Rev Dr Joseph Apea Assamoah, Presbytery Chairman (extreme right)
The Council Chairman, Dr Stephen S. Yirenkyi noted that the University has intentions to increase its student population, hence, has introduced a Private-Public-Partnership initiative called ‘Build-Own-Operate-Maintain (BOOM)’, as a new model for development of hostels in UMaT. He then urged the Presbyterian Ministers to support this initiative to provide more accommodation facilities for students.
Rev Nii-Mensah Adjei, Clerk, Ga Presbytery, expressed his satisfaction with the University and its contributions to national development.
Rev Nii-Mensah Adjei, Clerk, Ga Presbytery
Present at the meeting were, Assoc Prof Nunoo, Dean, ORIC, Assoc Prof Cynthia Boye, Head, International Programmes, Mr Francis Nyarko, Head, Human Resource, Mr Thomas B. Eshun, Head, University Relations Office, Dr Peter Emerson Sampson, President, ALUMaT and spouses of the Clerics.
Spouses of the Clerics
The delegation later toured the University campus.
A Visit to the UMaT Waterfall Enclave
Source: University Relations Office