Oman, Armenia explore cooperation in higher education and research

MUSCAT: Dr Rawya bint Saud al Busaidiya, Minister of Higher Education, on Sunday received Armenian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Armin Babikian and his delegation.
Dr Al Busaidiya stressed the importance of this visit in increasing cooperation in the higher education and scientific research between the Sultanate and Armenia.
She reviewed the stages of the development of the higher education sector in the Sultanate and the attention given by the Omani government to
the education sector as a cornerstone for human development, which is at the heart of the country’s development plans.
She also provided an overview of the external scholarship and its programmes and the importance of the scholarships programmes to provide the country with qualified Omani staff.
The Armenian minister presented an overview of higher education in Armenia. He reviewed the most important Armenian universities and the programmes and specialisations they offer, pointing out the interest of the Armenian side in opening cooperation opportunities with the educational institutions in the Sultanate in exchange programmes and teaching Arabic to Armenian students.
He spoke about the possibility of cooperation with the Omani side in sending Omani students in medicine, in addition to other disciplines, such as physics and mathematics in the future, in addition to inviting academics and higher education professionals to visit Armenia and learn more about the higher education in it. — ONA