University of Mines and Technology to introduce four new programmes

UMaT, Tarkwa
UMaT, Tarkwa

The University of Mines and Technology (UMaT) at Tarkwa, will from next academic year,  begin four new programmes: Bachelor of Science in Renewable Energy Engineering, and Master of Science programmes in Engineering Management, Mine Management, and Business Technology.

The courses have already been approved by the National Council on Tertiary Education (NCTE) and National Accreditation Board (NAB).

Professor Jerry Kuma, Vice Chancellor of UMaT dropped the hint at the university’s 11th matriculation ceremony at Tarkwa.

Prof. Kuma disclosed that this year the university received a total of 1,639 applications for admission from Ghanaians and other foreign applicants, but was able to admit only 510 candidates representing 31 percent of the applicants, to pursue various courses in mining and petroleum engineering.

He said out of the total, 442 representing 87 percent, were males, while 68 representing 13 percent were females and efforts had been made to encourage more women to venture into engineering education over the past years through their gender mainstreaming policy.

“We will therefore continue to evolve new initiatives to sustain the mainstreaming programme to encourage more females to pursue engineering programmes in our university,” he said.

In the area of postgraduate admissions, Prof. Kuma said the university admitted 55 students to pursue various programmes leading to Master of Science (MSc), Master of Philosophy (M.Phil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Degrees.

This he said, brought the total post-graduate student population to 312, which is 14 percent of the current total student enrolment of 2,215.

The Vice Chancellor emphasized that the goal of the university over the years, had been to increase total postgraduate enrolment into the university to 30 per cent of the total student population in the near future.

He said the authorities would pursue this goal with the seriousness it deserves, to encourage practising engineers and professionals to train through their innovative modular programmes and develop advanced mining and allied engineering skills without leaving their jobs.

Professor Kuma advised the fresh students to abide by the regulations of the institution, to avoid being caught up with the law, and in possible dismissals, and to be economical in the consumption of utilities.

The Vice Chancellor said although the government had for now exempted the UMaT from disconnection, it was not an opportunity for students to misuse utilities and those who deliberately do so would be sanctioned

“Management is working with student leadership to severely sanction those who will leave their lights and taps in their room on when they exit their room for lectures,” he said.

Source: GNA

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