Muscat University partnership gets a boost

Muscat University, the newest university in the Sultanate; which has partnerships with two leading UK universities, Cranfied University for its six Masters programmes and Aston University for its three Bachelors programmes, has received a boost to its efforts to develop real and effective international partner relations.  On the 11th April, Aston University celebrated the graduation of 500 of its postgraduate students as well as recognizing the contributions of leading figures across the world by awarding Honorary Doctorates to four key individuals.  Of those being awarded an Honorary Doctorate was HE Dr Abdulla Al-Harrasi, Chairman of Public Authority for Radio and TV here in Oman.  Dr Al-Harrasi is an alumni of Aston University having gained his PhD from there in 2011.


Dr Al-Harrasi was the guest of honour at the launch event for the Muscat University Partnerships in June 2016.  After Tuesday’s graduation ceremony, Dr Al-Harrasi commented that “I am pleased to receive the Honorary Doctorate but I am even more delighted to see that Aston University is partnering with Muscat University here in Oman.  This will extend the quality educational provision that I personally benefitted from and offer students a choice to get a UK degree whilst here in the Sultanate.   Strong, long lasting relationships spanning multiple levels of co-operation will help improve our higher education system and develop avenues for sharing best practice”.

In continuous efforts to cement the partnerships, Prof. Anthony Cahalan, Vice-Chancellor of Muscat University last month visited the UK for talks with Prof. Alec Cameron, Vice-Chancellor of Aston University and Prof. Sir Peter Gregson, Vice-Chancellor of Cranfield University and presented both Vice-Chancellors with a book on Oman.  {Insert pictures of Anthony here}.   On the awarding of the Honorary Doctorate, Prof Cahalan commented “the recognition of a leading figure in Oman by Aston University provides an ideal role model for aspiring Omanis to take the opportunity of Muscat University delivering high quality, industry engaged academic provision in the Sultanate”.