The two-day Future Universities Forum opened on Monday at the Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre saw participation of 31 institutions from the public and private sectors. The participants drawn from higher education institutions will present 19 working papers over two days.
The forum’s objective is to raise the level of digital transformation projects through this platform. Dr Nasser bin Rashid al Maawali, Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Economy, launched the platform in the presence of Dr Said bin Hamad bin Said al Rubaie, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Technology and Applied Science (UTAS).
The Forum, organised by the University of Technology and Applied Sciences, aims to promote digital solutions, teaching and learning technologies for higher education institutions, with over 25 specialised international companies sharing their experiences and digital solutions in various technical fields. The forum also aims to present specialised working papers related to policies, strategies, and laws related to digital transformation in the Sultanate of Oman, presented by a group of specialists from various government agencies.
Dr Said bin Hamad bin Said al Rubaie reiterated Oman’s commitment to the digital transformation programme, to achieve the goals of Oman Vision 2040.
The event also saw another forum on the sidelines on training and career guidance, which seeks to develop the readiness of graduates to work, equip them with future skills, enhance basic and advanced digital knowledge, and improve job-related skills.
Prof Nasser bin Mohammed al Hosani confirmed that the university’s digital transformation strategy and plan is in line with the government’s digital transformation programme, supervised by the Ministry of Transport, Communications and Information Technology. The university has been able to achieve the targeted indicators by adopting different work methodologies to implement projects and enhance the internal community’s awareness of the importance of the project.
Dr Huda al Shuaili, Vice-President of the University for Electronic Systems and Student Services, pointed out that the training and career guidance forum seeks to develop the readiness of graduates to work, equip them with future skills, enhance basic and advanced digital knowledge, and improve job-related skills.
Samir bin Yaqout bin Salmeen al Mahrouqi, Head of the On-the-Job Training Department and member of the organising committee, said, “The forum aspires to empower students with practical experiences and achieve the set goals of the public and private sector institutions, as more than 7,000 students, including those graduated from various educational institutions, are likely to visit the forum.”