Prof Samuel Frimpong Delivering the Lecture
The Alumni Association (ALUMaT) of the University of Mines and Technology (UMaT), Tarkwa, has held their 4th Annual Alumni Lectures and 5th Home coming general meeting at the University Auditorium. The speaker for this year’s annual lecture was Prof Samuel Frimpong, a distinguished alumnus of UMaT and a Professor and Robert H. Quenon Endowed Chair of Missouri University of Science and Technology in the USA. Delivering his lectures on the topic ‘Technological Innovations in Ghana’s Mining Industry, the role of UMaT and ALUMaT, Prof Frimpong praised the University management led by the Vice Chancellor, Prof J. S. Y. Kuma for an excellent job done in positioning the University on a course of excellence and success. He also congratulated the ALUMaT executives for the outstanding job of organising and serving the Alumni Association with distinction and dedication.
Prof Frimpong examined the role of the US mining industry and indicated that the US had used strategies to create a powerful mining industry to support her economic base and therefore, it was necessary for Ghana to learn from that example. He further said that it was important for UMaT and ALUMaT to work together to support the University and the mining industry. According to him one strategic initiative will be to establish an Endowment Fund to support the University’s efforts at producing quality human resources for the development of the country.
Prof Frimpong gave an example of how the US used creative solutions to tackle their challenges through the establishment of research universities, national laboratories, funding agencies, industry incubators and philanthropy. These brought about advanced research, intellectual properties, technological innovations that eventually culminated into safety for the people, efficiency and economic production.
The President Of ALUMaT Mr Stephen Ndede responding to questions from the Media after the Lectures
He further noted that UMaT was playing an important role in the mining industry because of the excellent leadership it has shown in education and research. These have resulted in strong undergraduate and postgraduate education, technological innovations, and leadership in collaborative research among others. He said that because of the excellence in education, UMaT has produced great leaders in the mining industry globally who are found in important positions at their work places. He further said ALUMaT must also play an important role by showing leadership in industry and academia, leadership in technological innovations, leadership in applied research, funding for UMaT programmes and promotion of UMaT in industry.
The special highlight of the event was the launching of the Alumni Endowment Fund by Prof Frimpong. The aim of the fund is to use the proceeds to help the University to advance its cause in producing quality human resources for the development of the country. The fund will also be used for expansion of laboratory equipment and facilities, funding for research, Library and computational resources. The fund is expected to raise two million Ghana Cedis within a period of five years.
He charged members of the Alumni Association to contribute generously towards the fund and to encourage their friends and associates, corporate organisations, financial institutions and individual philanthropic organisations to also contribute to a good cause for the University to grow and achieve more excellence.
The Vice Chancellor, Prof J.S.Y. Kuma Delivering his Address
At the opening ceremony of the Alumni Home Coming meeting, the Vice Chancellor, Prof J. S. Y. Kuma expressed his appreciation to members of the association for showing great interest in the University and also making time to grace the occasion. He also thanked the executives of the association for a yeoman’s job well done and for taking care of the affairs of the association in the midst of challenges they face in organising very busy people who work largely in the mining environment. He told them that the University was doing lots of great things which needed to be brought to their attention.
Prof Kuma enumerated some of the achievements of the University in the past year which included:
- UMaT was adjudged the best oil and gas tertiary institution at the 2nd Oil and Gas Ghana Awards in December 2015.
- UMaT students won the National Petro Bowl Quiz competition organised by the Society of Petroleum Engineers in February, 2016.
- In June 2016, UMaT was given an award by the European Society of Quality Research for Best Practices in Quality Management.
- In June 2016, the maiden edition of the Falling Walls Lab Ghana competition was organised by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in Accra. A UMaT student won the competition and two other students of UMaT placed 3rd and 5th.
- In September 2016, a UMaT student was the only Ghanaian among fifteen winners of the 2016 Young African Entrepreneurs Competition. The competition attracted 756 applicants from 38 countries.
- In October, 2016, a UMaT student won the 3rd National Quarry Life Awards (QLA) competition organised by Heidelberg Cement (HC) Group. Two other UMaT students placed 4th and 5th. The competition seeks to award the most innovative ideas to reclaim lands and protect biodiversity in areas where the HC Group, of which GHACEM is a member, operates.
- In October 2016, a UMaT student was one of ten finalists of the Africa Energy Generation Prize 2016 and the only Ghanaian.
Prof Kuma encouraged them to help support the endowment fund so that the proceeds would be used to help the university in its quest to achieve more in the years ahead.
Source: Paul Y. A. Yeboah, Assistant Registrar (University Relations)