UMat has track record of producing practical-oriented graduates-VC

The Vice Chancellor of the University of Mines and Technology (UMat), Professor Jerry S.Y. Kuma, says the university has a track record of producing practically- oriented world class graduates who are constantly exhibiting outstanding performance at their work places.

He said the university stood out indisputably as the best public funded University as far as science, technology and engineering education was concerned.

Speaking at the UMat 5th Innovation and Career Fair held here at Tarkwa, the vice chancellor indicated that the fair had become one of the flagship programmes that the university and the various sponsors always devoted their time, energy and other resources to prepare the students for the ever-changing world of work.

It was held on the theme “Think Smart; Be Innovative 2019”.

The UMaT Vice Chancellor said the fair also showcased the brilliant ideas the students had developed to make the world a better place and more sustainable by providing a platform for them to transform what they have studied into feasible and scalable projects adding “our students are given the opportunity to bring to light their entrepreneurial potentials that would impact positively in our communities and the world at large”.

Prof Kuma said the university would continue to use the fair in the training of the students who had also shown they had the energy, passion and resilience in the work they do here.

He, therefore, called on the Ministry of Environment Science Technology and Innovation, the Ministry of Business Development, benefactors of UMaT and other interested organisations to create the enabling entrepreneurial environment to help fund, train and support these innovators stand on their feet.

Prof Kuma mentioned that last year, the winners of the 4th edition of the fair designed and produced an alcohol detection device which when deployed in a vehicle, would subject the driver to an alcohol test before the engine could be ignited.

This year, 10 groups came out with different innovations and the group that came out with cocoa disease detection took the first position.

They were given GH¢5,000.00 a plague and a certificate; the second group came out with an innovation on clean cooking called “Enva-Clean Briket” and was awarded GH¢ 3,000.00, a plague and a certificate.

The third group was given GH¢2,500.00, a plague and a certificate and the rest were given GH¢750.00 each and certificates.

The Member of Parliament (MP) for Assin South Constituency in the Central Region, Reverend John Ntim Fordjour, told the student body that the 50,000 youth produced from the various institutions should take the initiative to expand their innovation in order to create jobs for themselves and others.

The MP, who was the guest speaker, said these unemployed graduates must be part of the solution to the problems instead of joining the many who were lamenting daily.

Rev. Fordjour observed that innovation and career fair was very important to the development of students, the university and the nation at large.


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