The 11th Congregation of the Regional Maritime University (RMU) came off on Saturday 10th June, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. on RMU Campus.
The Occasion was also used to launch the 10th Anniversary of the Institution since its elevation to ‘University Status’ by Ex-President John Agyekum Kufuor on 25th October, 2007.
In a speech delivered on his behalf by the Deputy Minister of Education, Hon. Yaw Adutwum, the Vice President of the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency Mahamadu Bawumia, said that the Government of Ghana, in collaboration with RMU will train and equip thousands of Ghanaian youth to meet international standards for seafaring activities. This initiative, he said, formed part of President Akufo-Addo’s vision to create jobs for the youth. Towards this end, the Ministry of Transport, Ghana, has set up a committee to implement the programme on job creation in the maritime sub-sector. Under this programme, the Ministry of Transport, in collaboration with RMU and the Ghana Maritime Authority, will train and equip the youth in seafaring activities and operations for international job placements. Consequently, the Ministry of Transport has been charged to come out with a proposal for the acquisition of a training vessel for the University. The Vice President also announced that, in a bid to support the University, the Ghana Government has recommended to Management of RMU to enter into an agreement with REDAVIA GmbH of Germany, solar energy providers, to offer renewable energy support to the University to help cut down on its electricity tariffs. This agreement, he added, has been entered into and the necessary installation works will commence soon. Aside the solar farm implementation, the Deputy Minister mentioned that REDAVIA will also support the introduction and establishment of a Renewable Energy Institute in collaboration with RMU, in Ghana, to facilitate knowledge transfer and staff support to help build the curricula and laboratory to educate and prepare RMU students for engineering jobs.
The Vice President congratulated Management, Staff and Students of the University on the launch of the 10th Anniversary and commended graduands for their pursuit of higher academic laurels.
The Vice Chancellor of RMU, Professor Elvis Nyarko, said that this year (2017) the University recorded a high number of graduands, with a total of four hundred and forty-one (441) graduating with bachelor’s degrees and diplomas in various fields. He urged the graduands to take advantage of the several opportunities available in the maritime sector due to the discovery of oil and gas by countries along the Gulf of Guinea, expansion and modernization of ports.
Information Date: 26/06/17
Information Source: Marketing Unit, Regional Maritime University, Accra