Dr Rahma bint Ibrahim al Mahrouqiyah, Minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, has expressed the keenness of the Government of the Sultanate of Oman to support national initiatives and find international partnerships that serve the pillars of Oman Vision 2040 in achieving the entry of four Omani universities among the top 300 universities in the world in the QS classification.
She also touched upon the advancement of the level of vocational and technical education in Omani educational institutions, as well as the transformation towards a knowledge-based economy by encouraging Omani researchers and innovators to transform their research and innovations into innovative and sustainable projects.
This came during a meeting with a delegation from the University of Cambridge that included Prof Esra Ozyorek, Professor of the Sultan Qaboos Chair for Abrahamic Religions and Shared Values, Dr Daria Frank, Professor of the Sultan Qaboos Chair for Mathematics, Christopher Whitney, Partnership Director, and Dr Khalfan bin Hamad al Harrasi, Project Manager at Cambridge University.
The minister pointed to the great interest that the scientific research and innovation sector enjoys with the Government of the Sultanate of Oman as one of the pillars of Oman Vision 2040, to find innovative products, services and solutions that serve development projects and achieve their sustainability, in addition to providing job opportunities for Omani graduates.
In support of these national efforts, Dr Rahma stressed the need to link Omani researchers in Omani universities with researchers participating in the research programmes of Sultan Qaboos Chairs at the University of Cambridge, and to focus on topics that maximise the benefit of the Omani side and all humanity from the results of those research. This is the principle on which the idea of scientific chairs of Sultan Qaboos is based, aiming to achieve peace and rapprochement between the peoples of the world by strengthening the role of science and scientists in the service of man wherever it is.
For its part, the Cambridge University delegation expressed the university's desire to expand cooperation with the ministry in the field of student exchange as many British students express their desire to get acquainted with Omani culture and Omani society closely, as well as a desire to study the Arabic language in Oman.