The University of Mines and Technology (UMaT) in the Western Region has opened a new campus in Sekondi-Takoradi. Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Richard Kwasi Amankwah, expressed the determination of UMaT to extend quality education to all. He said the university was poised to introduce more programs that would address the social and industrial needs of the country.
The university’s new campus, which is located at Essikado, is a collaborative effort with the Ministry of Railways Development to convert the School of Railway and Infrastructure Development into the new campus. U MaT would also introduce a course in the practice of engineering, where students would engage artisans in various communities and through apprenticeship, improve on their creativity, embrace challenges and prepare for the world of work. By the next academic year, the university would begin professional doctorate programs to encourage practicing engineers and professionals to earn higher degrees through innovations they brought to their day-to-day practice. The gender mainstreaming policy aimed at ensuring 50 percent female enrolment.
Prof. Amankwah said the past year had been a challenging one considering the continuing effect of the COVID-19 pandemic. He said as unfortunate as it was, there were lessons learned that would continue to shape the future of education. The combination of virtual and face-to-face interactions as practiced on campus is aimed at reducing contact and the reduction of the spread of the disease.