Inauguration of French Multimedia Resource Centre at University of Mines and Technology, Tarkwa
On Thursday 2nd May 2018 at the University of Mines and Technology at Tarkwa, a ceremony was organised for the inauguration of the university’s new French Multimedia Resource Centre which was financed under the framework of the FSP-SIFFLE project aiming to provide support for French language teaching initiatives.
This project, led by the French Embassy in collaboration with the Ghanaian Ministry of Education, aims, in one of its components, to develop and support the teaching of French for professional purposes in technical and scientific universities.
At UMAT, the multimedia resource centre will allow engineering students to deepen their knowledge and practice of French thanks to equipped workstations, digital and audio-visual resources. The centre will also be open to university staff and other professionals based in Tarkwa.
The ceremony took place in the presence of Prof J. S. Y. Kuma, Vice Chancellor of UMAT; Prof V. Temeng, Pro Vice Chancellor; Mr Doku, Registrar; Prof Newton Amegbe, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering; Prof Patricia Mireku-Gyimah, Head of the Technical Communication Department; Dr Evans Kokroko, French Lecturer; and from the French Embassy Julie Fournier, Head of Cooperation for the French Language; and Dr Sonia Couprie, Technical Advisor for France-Ghana Higher Education Cooperation.
In his opening remarks, Prof J S Y Kuma stressed the strategic nature of French for future graduates of his university in their goals to have a truly international career. He emphasized UMAT’s willingness to further develop and promote its teaching by doubling the number of hours devoted to it. He warmly thanked the embassy for the support.
Mrs Julie Fournier praised this commitment to French and was delighted with the prospects for the development of its teaching at UMAT. She also assured the university officials of the support of the embassy to achieve their plans.
The Head of French Teaching at UMAT, Dr Evans Kokroko then made a demonstration of the promising potentials that the resources and materials made available at the centre were going to provide its users.
Training for teachers in the management of a multimedia centre and the integration of digital resources into their courses is planned in coming months, which will enable optimal support for users and efficient use of these resources.