New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (NMT), has collaborated with the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to develop areas in Science and Technology.
Professor Kwasi Obiri-Danso, the Vice Chancellor of KNUST and the Registrar of KNUST, Mr. Andrews K. Boateng signed for KNUST and Dr. Stephen Wells signed for the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology. The signing of the MoU was witnessed by some senior members of the University.
The purpose of the cooperation is to foster collaboration, provide opportunity for global experience, and facilitate advancement of knowledge based on reciprocity, mutual benefit, frequent interactions between the two institutions in teaching and research.
Professor Obiri-Danso indicated that that Ghana is looking for partnerships to grow the Oil and Petroleum sector in the country, therefore this collaboration geared towards the same call would answer many problems and challenges facing the Industry. The country he said is mostly consulting foreign companies to address the issues of the sector, hence building the capacity of the Petroleum Engineering students would be beneficial.
Professor G. Wells, the President of the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, said that the collaboration between KNUST and New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology is termed 2+2, which he explains, requires students in the second year at KNUST who fulfil the needed requirements, to be transferred to New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology to complete the two years left. He added that students pursuing further to the Masters’ level would return to Ghana to serve in their home country.
Adding on to the key benefits of this collaboration, Professor G. Wells revealed that NMT is also looking forward to establish a research collaboration, joint proposal writing, faculty exchange programmes which would provide opportunity for the two institutions to learn from each other to build capacity.