MUSCAT: The Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Postgraduate Studies and Research at Sultan Qaboos University is organising a ‘Forum on projects funded by His Majesty’s Trust Fund for strategic research’ on March 8 at the Conference Hall. Strategic grants donated by His Majesty the Sultan are used to support long-term, multi-disciplinary strategic research projects of importance to the Sultanate.
The aim of these projects is to generate new knowledge and discoveries that lead to substantial socio-economic benefits for Omani society. The forthcoming forum is to focus on achievements and highlight the results of these research projects to a variety of interested parties including academics, researchers, students, industry representatives and decision makers.
The forum will also highlight how SQU’s strategic research serves the interests of the country by contributing to its social and economic development. The topics of these projects are varied and they include research in the fields of health, engineering, agriculture, environment, education, sciences and arts and humanities.
Dr Rahma al Mahrooqi, SQU Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Postgraduate Studies and Research, met with researchers whose strategic project will be featured in the forum. The meeting discussed the event details, including the presentation programme and the compilation of a book of abstracts and other of published works.
A publication to emerge from the event is ‘New media and socialisation’ by Dr Anwar al Rawas, the former Head of the Mass Communication Department, at the College of Arts and Social Sciences, and one of the researchers participating in the forum.
The book originated from the work of the research team led by Dr Anwar. The title of their project is ‘The impact of the new media on socialization: An interdisciplinary study on Oman’. It is planned that all of these books will be distributed to participants at the forum.