MUSCAT: A key joint research project by Muscat University and Aston University has been awarded funding by British Council. After two years of groundwork, both partners have welcomed the announcement of the Joint Academic Development Centres Grant. This grant is part of the UK Government’s Gulf Science Innovation and Knowledge Economy (GSIKE) Programme to support long term relationships between academia in the UK and the Gulf. The project title is ‘Collaborative research towards renewable fuels and value-added chemicals’ and is led by Dr Nader Mosavat, Director of Programmes, Faculty of Engineering and Technology at Muscat University, and Dr Daniel J Nowakowski, Lecturer in Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry and EBRI Laboratories Manager at Aston University.
This UK-Oman joint research project will cover a key area in the field of renewable energy. Bringing together researchers from both universities, the project seeks to better understand renewable fuels and processes for value-added chemicals. Muscat University is committed to working together with its partners at both Aston and Cranfield universities to ensure that this and future collaborations achieve maximum impact for the UK and the Sultanate and establish long-term synergies in key research areas. Muscat and Aston universities are currently delivering three undergraduate programmes across the faculties of Engineering and Technology, Business and Management and Transport and Logistics that will give students dual-degree certifications from both institutions.