Professor Jerry. S. Y. Kuma is the Vice Chancellor and Professor of Environmental Hydrogeology and Geophysics at the University of Mines and Technology (UMaT), Tarkwa. He was awarded a BSc (Hons) in Geology and Physics at the University of Ghana, Legon in 1985. He received the PG Dip and MSc (with distinction) degrees in Geophysics at Delft, The Netherlands in 1990 and 1991 respectively. In 2002, Professor Kuma was awarded the PhD in Water Resources Engineering from the Civil Engineering Department at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, England.
Prof Kuma is actively involved in the Hydrology of mining districts and other Water Resources Management issues in Ghana. He is currently the Ghana Chamber of Mines sponsored Professorial Chair of Environmental Studies at UMaT. He was part of the team of scientists and engineers who received the Queens Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education (Won by Univ. of Newcastle upon Tyne) in 2005. He received the Nobles International Award for being an eminent West African who upholds the virtues of honesty, integrity and accountability in November 2013. In June 2014, the World Congress of Chancellors and Vice Chancellors meeting in Mumbai, India, gave Prof Kuma an award for his “outstanding contribution to education”. In December 2015, he received the Africa Education Leadership Award in Mauritius. He is a Fellow of the Ghana Institution of Geoscientists (GhIG), Member of Ghana Institution of Engineers (GhIE) and a Member of International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH).