Vice Chancellor of the University of Mines and Technology (UMaT) ,Professor J.S.Y. Kuma has assured that the school is strategically positioned to be the hub for the training of mining engineers for Newmont Goldcorp and other mining companies in Africa and the world.
This statement follows the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Newmont Goldcorp Ghana, a partnership which aims at promoting practical training of students and staff so that they are well aligned to meet the needs of industry.
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Prof Kuma further stated that, it was instructive to note that one of the strategic objectives of the partnership was to support the journey towards inclusion and diversity in the study of STEM programmes and ultimately in the extractive industry through various activities.
He stated that UMaT had a gender mainstreaming policy which was very much alive and vigorously being pursued.
He added that conscious efforts were made to admit more women to UMaT’s engineering programmes every year by visiting the Senior High Schools to attract the ladies.
Regional Vice President in Charge of Human Resources at Newmont Goldcorp, Awo A. Quaison-Sackey, also indicated that their company has made it a priority to consciously work towards creating an overall positive pact in the society through such partnerships.
“THE MOUS WE ARE SIGNING TODAY FORMALIZE THESE RELATIONSHIPS AND REINFORCE OUR COMMITMENT TO ENHANCING THE QUALITY OF EDUCATION IN THE COUNTRY, PROMOTING INCLUSION AND DIVERSITY, AND THE GROWTH OF THE MINING INDUSTRY”, SHE EMPHASIZED.
According to Madam Awo A. Quaison-Sackey, Newmont Goldcorp’s Global University Strategy sought to leverage emerging skillsets to create a robust and diverse talent pipeline for the future needs of their business and industry.
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This strategy she added was informed by Newmont Goldcorp’s people pillar and the Company’s Human Capital Priorities, which involve talent and leadership development, inclusion and diversity and developing the next generation workforce.
The responsibilities of the Parties in the MoU are spelt out as follows:
- Newmont Goldcorp Ghana commits to:
- Provide internship opportunities annually for UMaT students
- Provide opportunities for UMaT students to apply for the Newmont Graduate Program, Undergraduate Local Talent Program and Underground Graduate Talent Program
- iii. Participate in annual career fairs
- Institute awards for top performing female graduating students
- Sponsor strategic outreach programs
- Provide resource persons for UMaT seminars
- vii. Donate computers that meet the specifications of the University
- viii. Support research and in-field knowledge building activities of both UMaT faculty and students
- Provide financial support for agreed programs
- UMaT commits to:
- Provide a platform for Newmont to engage with students through seminars and career fairs
- Partner in undertaking solution-based research that improve industry practices
- iii. Support opportunities for acquiring industry best practices that improve teaching
- Organse student outreach programs
- Ensure technological support provided is maintained and used as intended
- Provide Newmont with Diversity statistics as and when required
- vii. Provide data on employment statistics of alumni (Current employment)
Prof Kuma reiterated that UMaT will be very much committed to the tenets of the MoU to the latter, because it would heighten the University’s emphasis on practical training of students.
He assured Newmont Goldcorp Ghana of a successful implementation of the tenets of the MoU.