Limited infrastructure prevents UMaT from admitting more students

Erica Apeatua Addo, GNA

Tarkwa (W/R), Oct.
15, GNA – The University of Mines and Technology (UMaT) has turned down about
2,324 applications for the 2019/2020 academic year due to limited academic
facilities, financial challenges and human resources.

The Vice Chancellor
(VC) of the University, Professor Jerry Kuma, said many of the applicants had
good grades but because of those challenges they had to turn down their

Professor Kuma said
this at the 15th Matriculation ceremony of UMaT to officially admit
fresh students into its undergraduate and post graduate programmes.  

“As parents
ourselves we know how it feels to turn away qualified young men and women with
good grades,” he lamented.

The Vice Chancellor
said the institution was working closely with the Government to solve the
infrastructural challenges to enable them to admit more students next year as a
result of the Free Senior High School Policy.

In all 3,005
applications were received out of which 681 students, representing 23 per cent
of the total applicants, are undergraduate students including foreign

Out of this figure
461, representing 68 per cent, are males while 218, representing 32 per cent,
are females.

This percentage
increase in female enrollment is the highest in UMaT’s history as the
University was working seriously to encourage more females to study

In the area of
postgraduate admissions, he said the University admitted 197 students out of
the 215 applications to pursue various programmes leading to the award of MSc,
MPhil and PhD degrees, adding that that brought the total postgraduate
population to 358, which was 12 percent of the current total student enrollment
of 2,790.

The University, for
this academic year, has mounted a number of demand-driven certificate
programmes including Survey and Mapping, Water Resource Management, Geological
Assistantship, Small Scale Mining and Quarrying, Minerals Technology, Environmental
Studies and Occupational Health and Safety.

Thirty one students
have been admitted to form the maiden batch of those certificate programmes,
Professor Kuma noted.

He entreated the
students to remain focused throughout their stay on campus, place premium on
their academic work by being regular at lectures, carry out all their
assignments and avoid unacceptable behavior such as smoking.

He assured parents
that management of the University would do their outmost best to guide their
wards and give them the necessary skills that would propel them into a future
with many opportunities.