Muscat, June 6 – The National University of Science and Technology will admit the first batch of students in September following the Ministry of Higher Education’s approval. The three colleges that have been merged to form the National University are Caledonian College of Engineering, Oman Medical College and College of Pharmacy. Speaking to Observer, Khulood al Araimi, one of the directors, said, “We have appointed a vice-chancellor who will join the university at the start of the academic year in September. We plan to launch more colleges and are working with the Ministry of Higher Education.”
She added that the National University is open to welcome any of the existing colleges that offer interesting courses in line with the needs of the country. Khulood said there are plans to expand the facilities that will help to intake more students against the current total capacity. “We are planning to introduce aviation as masters’ programme. Currently 80 per cent of the students are Omanis, but we want to attract more international students in the years to come as part of the efforts to make Oman an international hub for higher education.”
The Caledonian College of Engineering, the first private engineering college in Oman, was established in 1996 in academic partnership with Glasgow Caledonian University. The college, spread across two campuses in Al Hail and Airport Heights, has over 3,000 students on its rolls. Oman Medical College was established in 2001 in academic partnership with the West Virginia University in the United States. Later in 2003, a Pharmacy programme too was added.
Shaikh Salim al Fannah al Araimi is the Chairman of Board of Directors of the National University. The governance of the University is vested with the University’s Executive Board chaired by Dr P Mohamed Ali. A Board of Trustees, which is the executive advisory body of the University, is constituted in accordance with the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Higher Education.