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Foreign higher education institutions can open branches in Oman

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Muscat: His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik on Thursday issued Royal Decree 27/2023 on the promulgation of the Higher Education Law, after presenting the same before the Council of Oman.

The Royal decree reads as follows:

Article (1) states that the provisions of the Higher Education Law attached to this decree shall be applied.

Article (2) states that the Minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation shall issue the executive bylaw/regulation of the attached law, as well as the decisions necessary for the implementation of its provisions, within one year from the date of its enforcement.

Till such time, the existing regulations and decisions shall continue to be enforced without prejudice to the provisions of the attached law or its provisions.

Article (5) says that this decree shall be published in the Official Gazette and enforced from the day following its date of publishing, which was published today.


The New Higher Education Law obligates the Minister of Higher Education, Scientific Research and Innovation to issue the executive regulations of the law and the necessary decisions to implement its provisions within a year from the date it came into effect, provided that the regulations and decisions in force continue to be implemented until it is issued.

It also obliged those addressed to reconcile their situation within a year.

The law states the Arabic language is an official language in higher education institutions, and it is permitted, after the approval of the Ministry, to teach in other languages. These institutions also enjoy the freedom of thought, scientific research, and innovation in accordance with laws and legislation.

The chapter on higher education institutions allows a foreign higher education institution to open one or more branches in the Sultanate of Oman, after the approval of the Council of Ministers and in accordance with the standards and requirements set forth in the regulations.

The law permits the provision of study programs through the blended education system or the distance learning system, or through other educational methods, in accordance with the standards and requirements set forth in the regulations.

The law prohibits the institution of higher education from participating, working, or promoting any political, sectarian, religious, sectarian, or ethnic thought, or calling for contempt or contempt for religions.

The law also defines rules, procedures, and conditions for scholarships that the Sultanate of Oman receives from other countries or offers to these countries

It also permitted the calculation of previous scientific experience when joining higher education institutions within the Sultanate.

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