SQU welcomes over 3,300 UG/PG students today

MUSCAT: The orientation programme of the 32nd batch of undergraduate students, admitted for the academic year 2017-2018, at Sultan Qaboos University, will commence on Sunday.
The programme will include lectures, meeting and tours which aims at introducing the new students to campus life, academic programmes, services and facilities offered by the university.
On the first day evening, Dr Ali bin Saud al Bimani, Vice-Chancellor of SQU, will address the students and talk about academic and campus life. As part of the orientation programme, an exhibition on services provided for the students will be held.
The placement tests in Mathematics, English and IT for the new students will be held during the induction week from August 22 to 29.
The university has received through the Higher Education Admission Centre 3,000 undergraduate students and more than 300 postgraduate students who will be enrolled for more than 60 programmes offered by the nine colleges at SQU.
Through the electronic admission system “Meelad”, the students will complete the process of admission and registration formalities. The students can access the website and fill out the application online.
Commenting on the enrolment of the new batch of students, Dr Ali al Bimani said that the university has launched hostels for the newly enrolled men students.
“Al Raha Residences is part of the university’s efforts to provide appropriate learning environment for its students which will help students to focus more on their studies and thus reduce the number of students who fail in their first year. Some of the students fail due to the lack of hostels,” he said.
As per the new initiative, the university will provide a range of services including furnished rooms for about 1,200 students and transport service by two trips per day to the university and the residence complexes. The university also provides nutrition, laundry, free Internet, maintenance, photocopying, printing, study halls, entertainment, prayer rooms and health services for the students at Al Raha Residences.
Dr Ali al Bimani said that the recommendations of the Interaction Programme constituted a new platform for enhancing interaction between the university’s administration and parents of the students.
Following the recommendations, a section for parents has been established at the Department of Customer Service.
This section aims at promoting the partnership to improve the university life, enhance the academic excellence of students, create effective and continuous communication channels with parents and strengthen the role of parents in the university community to support the success of the students. It also aims at conducting workshops and seminars for parents to facilitate continuous interaction and simplify the procedures for parents’ issues in cooperation with the authorities concerned.
Commenting on electronic services at the university, Dr Al Bimani said that the Internet speed has been upgraded from 580 MB to 1,800 MB.
The university is a founding member of the Oman Research and Education Network project (OMREN) which will allow the students and researchers to communicate with similar networks around the world for an interactive learning environment.
The university is also working on self-service station project which will be launched at the beginning of the academic year 2017-2018, and which is considered as the first project to use the ID card as a smart card.
The university collaborated with General Directorate of Civil Status in this regard. The Centre for Information System at SQU is working on converting more than 25 manual forms into electronic format for postgraduate students to avail electronic services.
The university also provides electronic portal to facilitate the communication between the university and its alumni.