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The School of Postgraduate Studies (SPS) of the University of Mines and Technology (UMaT), Tarkwa has held its 18th Matriculation Ceremony for freshmen who have been admitted into various postgraduate programmes for the 2022/2023 Academic Year. The ceremony which was held online took place on Saturday, 13th August, 2022.

The Vice Chancellor, Professor Richard K. Amankwah in his address to matriculants, congratulated and warmly welcomed the freshmen on behalf of the University Council and Academic Board. He said that “matriculation confers on freshmen the full membership status as Junior Members.” Thus, with their fresh ideas and great aspirations, the matriculants have become bonafide members of the University, with the associated rights, privileges and responsibilities. Professor Amankwah noted that as an institution of higher learning with a unique specialisation in Mining, Petroleum, Allied Engineering and Management Science, the University takes great pride in the uniqueness of its products. He urged the freshmen to pick up superior skills on campus in order to become part of the distinguished products who graduate to impact positively on society.

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The Vice Chancellor, Professor Richard K. Amankwah

The Vice Chancellor disclosed that in the University’s quest to expand postgraduate education, it has introduced a double admission programme for the School of Postgraduate Studies, which admits students in July and January each year. He stated that the programme is yielding good results, as several mining and allied companies have been sponsoring their employees to further their education at the University. Professor Amankwah specified that for July 2022, the University admitted 145 postgraduate students. Thus, bringing the total number of postgraduates in the University to 606, which is about 11% of the total student population of over 5,500.
Professor Amankwah said that in view of the lessons drawn from the COVID-19 pandemic, the University has adopted the mode of virtual lecturing in addition to face-to-face lectures for students. This, he said has brought mining education close to the doorsteps of Ghanaians and other nationals. Nonetheless, the Vice Chancellor cautioned the freshmen to be disciplined since there is a challenge for students to overrelax due to the flexible nature of virtual lectures.
The Vice Chancellor also elucidated that postgraduate work is about problem-solving and adding new concepts to existing knowledge and that the freshmen have to endeavour to solve pertinent problems in the world. He pinpointed that there are seventeen (17) United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and that solving problems related to any of these goals will make the world a better place. He further mentioned that the UMaT Incubation Hub is open to innovations from students that could be developed for the benefit of the community.
Closing his address, Professor Amankwah encouraged the matriculants to be guided by the University’s core values of Knowledge, Truth and Excellence.

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Registrar of the University, Mr M. K. Okrah.

The Registrar of the University, Mr M. K. Okrah administered the matriculation oath to officially induct the freshmen as Junior Members of the University.

Present at the ceremony were the Pro Vice Chancellor, Professor Anthony Simons, the Dean, School of Postgraduate Studies, Professor Grace Ofori-Sarpong and other selected Members of Convocation.

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Officials of the University

 


Source: University Relations Office