University of Mines and Technology, Tarkwa VC’S Office
On behalf of the University of Mines and Technology (UMaT), I would like to welcome you to the University for your studies and thank you for the significant commitment you are making to improve the quality of your life for the future.
As the only mining related University in Africa, we want to improve the performance of the University not only on building on courses and programmes quality, but also maintaining and improving our reputation nationally and internationally. As a result, sustained efforts are being made in investing in a number of infrastructure such as laboratories, classrooms, equipment, residential and office accommodation for both staff and students to enhance teaching and learning.
As an institution, we are committed to excellence in teaching and in an ever-increasing manner, to research and development. Increasingly we are judging our performance in the context of challenging benchmarks, thinking more globally, establishing international relationships with some leading universities, organisations and generally making the University an exciting academic place to be.
At UMaT, students do not only receive theoretical education, they also experience the richness of practical education through laboratory and field work as well as compulsory internships in the industry. I am delighted that you have decided to pursue your education at this university. As you begin your studies, you are assured of a friendly academic environment where both teaching and non-teaching staff are dedicated to preparing you for work in the future.
The University places a lot of emphasis on the importance of merit in everything it does. It is quite clear to you that our entrance standards are highly competitive and therefore demands high quality student performance. Expectations on academic performance predominate over all other matters. If you want to become part of the UMaT family, then you will need to understand and accept this emphasis on academic standards, and the consequences of not performing at your best.
Thank you for making the commitment to come to UMaT to pursue your dream of experiencing higher quality education. I trust that the experiences and skills acquired here will help you to feel better equipped to undertake any challenging role after your graduation. We look forward with hope that you will study very hard and become part of the legion of UMaT alumni in the future.
Prof J. S. Y. Kuma
The Vice Chancellor is the Chief Executive Officer of the University and responsible for the overall planning, direction, organisation, management and discipline of the University. As chief academic, administrator and strategist, the Vice Chancellor provides leadership to all the members of the University.
The Vice Chancellor is an ex-officio member of every Faculty, School and Committee of the University and may preside at any meeting of such Faculty, School, Committee or body. He exercises responsibility for monitoring and evaluating the performance of the University and its constituent parts in relation to its academic, financial and organisational goals and policies. Two other offices that report directly to the Vice Chancellor are the Planning and Quality Assurance Unit and the Office of International Programmes.
The Vice Chancellor, Prof. J. S. Y. Kuma has over 30 years of teaching, research and administrative experience and has distinguished himself as an excellent academician with over 50 refereed journal and conference publications and scores of technical reports to his credit. He is a product of the University of Ghana, Legon, the International Institute for Aerospace Survey and Earth Sciences (ITC), Delft, Netherlands and the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, England. Prof Kuma took up his first teaching appointment in 1987 at the Department of Geology and Survey as an Assistant Lecturer in the then KNUST School of Mines, Tarkwa and by dint of hard work, rose through the academic ranks to occupy various positions as Head of Department, Dean and Pro Vice Chancellor. He has also served and is still serving on several boards and committees of the University.
In 2002, he received his PhD in Civil Engineering (Water Resources Division) from University of Newcastle Upon Tyne and as part of a team of researchers, won the Queen’s Anniversary prize for Higher and Further Education in 2005. The award is based on pioneering research in ecologically integrated remediation techniques for water pollution from abandoned mines. This is the highest award that can be made to a UK university. He is currently the Ghana Chamber of Mines sponsored Professorial Chair of Environmental Studies at UMaT. He received the Nobles International Award for being “an eminent West African who upholds the virtues of honesty, integrity and accountability” in November 2013. In June 2014, the World Congress of Chancellors and Vice Chancellors meeting in Mumbai, India, gave Prof Kuma an award for his “outstanding contribution to education”. In December 2015, he received the Africa Education Leadership Award in Mauritius. In March 2016, he received the award of Fellowship of the Civilian Institute of Democratic Administration (FCIDA) for his “outstanding performance in office”. In June 2016, through his leadership, the University received the European Society for Quality Research (ESQR) Award in the gold category for quality management. Also, in June 2016, the World Education Congress presented him an awarded for being one of “100 most influential Vice Chancellors”. Again in June 2016, he was inducted into the Nobles Club 100 by West Africa Nobles Forum. In July 2016 he received the International Business Star Quality (IBSQ) Award for being one of the “most outstanding professionals in Africa for the year 2015” for his “track record of outstanding business performance and exceptional commitment to leadership quality”.
He is a member of the Ghana Institution of Geoscientists (GhIG), Ghana Institution of Engineers (GhIE), International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH) and the Global Scientific Committee of the Planet Earth Institute (PEl). Prof Kuma is a Fellow of the African Scientific Institute (ASI) and an executive member of the World Forum of Universities of Resources on Sustainability (WFURS).
Office of the Pro-Vice
Prof Victor Amoako Temeng is an Associate Professor in the Mining Engineering Department of the University of Mines and Technology. He obtained his BSc (Hons) and PgD in Mining Engineering from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology School of Mines in 1985 and 1986 respectively. He obtained his MSc Mining Engineering degree from the University of Zambia in 1992.
He worked as a Mining/Milling Supervisor at the Ghana Consolidated Diamonds Ltd. from 1989 until he joined the University of Mines and Technology as Teaching Assistant in 1990. He obtained his PhD degree in Mining Engineering from the Michigan Technological University, USA in 1997. His areas of research include Operations Research, Materials Handling, Mine Planning, Modeling and Simulation of Mine Production and Equipment Systems.
Assoc Prof Temeng has served the University in various capacities as Head of Section, Head of Department, Coordinator of Postgraduate Studies, Vice Dean and Dean as well as Chairman or Member of several statutory and ad hoc committees. He has also served as a Professorial member of the University Council and on a number of committees of Council. Assoc Prof Temeng has served as a member of some national committees. He is a member of the Ghana Institution of Engineers (GHIE).