The University of Mines and Technology (UMaT) could only admit 23% of applicants in the 2019 admission window due to infrastructural, financial and human resource challenges. This was disclosed by the Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Jerry Samuel Yaw Kuma at the school’s 15th matriculation ceremony for fresh students on Saturday, October 12, 2019.
Out of 3,005 applications received for undergraduate admission to the various programmes the school offered, 2,927 were from Ghanaians, whilst 76 were international applicants. However, the University was only able to admit 681 students, representing 23% of the total applicants. Out of this; 461 – representing 68% – are males, whereas 218 – representing 32% are females.
Speaking at the ceremony, Professor Kuma says as painful as it was to turn away qualified applicants, the school had no choice because of the constraints.
”Unfortunately, we were unable to admit a lot of applicants who are increasingly showing interest in our University because of challenges we have in our academic facilities, financial and human resources. As parents, we know how it feels to turn away qualified young men and women with good grades” he disclosed.
Professor Kuma however assured stakeholders that the University was working in tandem with government find a solution to the challenge.
”I can assure you that we are working to support with the support of government to find a solution to the infrastructural challenges of the University so that we can take in more students especially those who would seek admission into our University next year as a result of the Free SHS policy of the government” he concluded.