MUSCAT: The Higher Education Admission Centre (HEAC) at the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation recently declared that a total of 28,832 academic seats are available for the academic year 2023/2024, offering various opportunities for higher education. These seats encompass diverse options, including those offered by government higher education institutions, internal scholarships, private sector grants for studying in private higher education institutions, foreign scholarships, and grants from other countries.
The distribution of these academic seats is as follows: 16,315 are allocated to different government higher education institutions, which signifies a considerable opportunity for students seeking quality education in state-funded colleges and universities. Additionally, 621 academic seats have been specifically reserved for foreign scholarships and grants, providing international learning opportunities to deserving candidates. Furthermore, there are 11,896 academic seats available in private universities and colleges, indicating a growing presence of private institutions and an alternative pathway for students to pursue their academic aspirations.
Following the completion of the seat choice modification stage on July 31, 40,958 successful applicants have been enrolled in the Higher Education Admission Centre (HEAC). The high number of enrolment reflects the keen interest among students to seize these educational opportunities. Moreover, more than 20,000 of these successful applicants have achieved an impressive general average of 80 or higher, highlighting the calibre of students admitted, and their dedication to academic excellence. What's even more remarkable is that over 9,000 successful applicants have attained an outstanding average of 90 per cent and above, showcasing exceptional academic talent among the admitted students.
The HEAC will announce on August 16 the results of the first sorting for the academic year 2023/2024.
Dr Hamad bin Khalfan al Numani, Director General of HEAC, said that the results of the first sorting are expected to witness high competition, especially on high-demand educational programmes, such as programmes of Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) and scholarships abroad, as well as health and education specialisations in various establishments that offer such programmes.
In the realm of study programmes, there appears to be a noteworthy competition in three specific areas: Sultan Qaboos University programmes, foreign scholarships, and health and education majors offered by various educational institutions. This competition underscores the popularity and importance of these particular fields. It emphasises the diverse array of educational choices available to students.