UMAT admits 148 for post-graduate

A total of 148 new students on Saturday took the oath at the 17th matriculation ceremony of the School of Post-graduate Studies at University of Mines and Technology (UMaT),Tarkwa in the Western Region.

Led by the Registrar,Mr Mathew KwabenaOkrah, the students pledged  their allegiance to UMaT, to be of good behaviour, conform to regulations and laws, and “respond to the authority of all, in whom authority is vested.”

Addressing the matriculants via zoom the Vice Chancellor (VC) of UMaT, Prof. Richard KwasiAmankwah, reiterated“our core values are knowledge, truth and excellence and I know that they will be yours too.” 

UMaT, he said, was alwaysproud of its unique products and urged the new students “to become part of this special group of people whose efforts can lead to a paradigm shift, and influence society in many positive ways.” 

Prof. Amankwah noted that, the COVID-19 pandemic continued to teach schools lessons and also shaped life on campus, saying that, the university was holding teaching engagements with post-graduate students on virtual platforms.

This, he explained, had helped to create a conducive learning environment as it protected studentsfrom contracting the virus and also provided a relaxed opportunity for studies.

“Virtual learning has its challenges and requires that we all make a conscious effort to move along at the same pace with the lecturer and I trust that you will apply diligence and master that art.” the VC advised. 

“As a recognised institution of higher learning with specialisation in mining, petroleum, allied engineering and management science education, we will continue to challenge our students to discover their potentials and achieve the highest levels of intellectual capabilities and personal growth to meet industrial and professional needs of this country. ” he stated.

Prof.Amankwah said, postgraduate studies was about knowledge creation and problem solving and challenged the matriculants to chart a path, be  problem solvers  or add new concepts to existing knowledge.

He said: “Therefore, while matriculating 148 new postgraduate students I already foresee a minimum of 148 new solutions or concepts being conceived within the next few years. 

“We as a University will try to provide all what it takes to ensure that you cope with the setbacks that you may face over the next few years of your study. Let us work together and make society a better place.”

Quoting Alvin Toffler, Prof.Amankwah said “the illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.”

He assured the students that they hold the key to succeed at UMaT and that had outstanding qualities and the ability to fulfil their potential on campus.

FROM CLEMENT ADZEI BOYE, TARKWA

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