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MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management students benefit from cutting edge E-Auction Procurement Software

Muscat University MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management students are engaged in gaining practical knowledge of the role and use of automated and web-based applications used in procurement and supply operations. E-auctions using Bravo Advantage software for visibility, insight and transparency to power and improve procurement initiatives and decisions are an integrated feature of the course which is overseen and delivered by Cranfield University UK in Partnership with Muscat University. These Master students will leave the programme with capability for the use of powerful procurement tools and techniques to analyse and evaluate suppliers and supply markets, a skill now essential for global sourcing and procurement and which gives full transparency to supply chain management. The MSc course explores the subject of procurement and supply in the industrial and commercial context, explaining its role and purpose within the supply chain. The students are currently applying the skills and information needed by procurement professionals, together with the use of specific tools and techniques employed in managing the procurement function. Evaluation of emergent technologies within e-procurement is critical to improve both process and cost management within procurement activity in any public or private sector organisation.

Muscat University and NTI sign a Memorandum of Understanding

National Training Institute (NTI) Oman and Muscat University have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) within several fields aiming at recognizing the mutual benefits to be gained through a cooperative programme promoting scholarly activities and international understanding in the areas of engineering, technology, business and management.
The agreement has been ratified by Professor Costas Chryssou, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Finance and Administration of Muscat University and Mr. Lawrence Alva, Chief Executive Officer of NTI Oman. The two organisations will work together to develop appropriate professional development activities, of interest to both organisations and the engineering and business communities. The agreement concerns the subject areas of student visits, offering of education programmes and short courses, NTI’s graduate progression to Engineering programmes at Muscat University, Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activities, student projects, training and research collaboration in the broad area of Engineering & Technology and Business & Management.
Mr. Lawrence Alva, CEO of NTI said: “NTI is very exited to be associated and collaborating with Muscat University in an earnest endeavor to develop competent and capable graduates for the Omani market place. This association brings together two essential elements of graduate development i.e. Academic Excellence and Vocational Competence. I firmly believe that this initiative will meet employer’s expectations of fresh graduates; a fine blend of academic excellence and hands on competence”.
Professor Costas Chryssou, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Muscat University said: “This agreement reflects our University’s efforts to foster strong links with industry and the vocational training sector as a means of producing career-ready graduates with advanced skills that employers value and need. This MoU will allow our University to continue providing industry informed education producing new workers with a more rounded skillset who are better prepared for the future work environment”.
Dr. Nader Mosavat, Director of Engineering and Technology Department at Muscat University added: “As highlighted in Oman Energy Master Plan 2040, the alignment between Oman’s Industry and Academia must be urgently improved. This agreement is a step forward toward merging academic and vocational training programs with the aim of producing work-ready graduates. NTI has the capacity to bridge the industry-academic gap and to contribute as a linking professional body among various sectors” NTI, the premier training institute in the Sultanate, has been developing competent Omani workforce over the last three decades in collaboration with the private sector employers. In line with it’s mission; “To empower individuals and organisations to succeed through learning”
NTI has been training and employing thousands of Omani youth in diverse industry segments. The capability and expertise of NTI has been enhanced through Babcock International Group (UK), its parent company.
Muscat University’s vision is to transform individuals and communities through excellence in teaching, learning and research producing the leaders of the future in both the public and private sectors. The Muscat University programmes combine academic rigour with relevance to the world of work, producing career-ready graduates.
Muscat University, recognising industry’s need for career-ready graduates, has launched Bachelors programmes, delivered in partnership with Aston University in the UK, that include a mandatory year of industrial work placement, as part of the degree programme. Through these sandwich placements students will gain a broad range of professional experience, both technical training and personal development opportunities, that will equip them with the skills they need to succeed in their chosen career.
Muscat University Masters programmes are delivered in partnership with Cranfield University in the UK and are designed to deliver rich theoretical knowledge in conjunction with practical skills that meet the requirements of 21 st Century industry. All of the MSc programmes are research and industry-informed to ensure the most up-to- date learning and teaching experience.

Open Day At Muscat University

Muscat University held its first Open Day of 2018 on 26th February. We were delighted to welcome prospective students who listened to comprehensive presentations on the University, our UK partners and the range of programmes on offer. Muscat University is now open for enrollments for its September 2018 intake. More details on our programmes can be found at www.muscatuniversity.edu.om. Keep an eye out on our Social Media and Website for future Open Days at the University.

Guidance Counsellors Visit Muscat University

Muscat University was honored to host a visit this week from almost 130 Guidance Counsellors representing Public Schools throughout Muscat and surrounding regions. The Counsellors are an important link to prospective students who are currently preparing for the General Education Diploma / Thanawiya state examinations. Professor Yusra Mouzughi, Vice Chancellor of Muscat University, met with the group and spoke to them about the mission and values of the University and also explained the importance of the links being established by the university with industry partners to ensure that students are prepared to a very high level to contribute to the strategic goals of Oman.

Public Lecture Series – Mr Raoul Restucci

Muscat University was delighted to launch the first of its Public Lecture Series this week. The lecture was delivered by Mr. Raoul Restucci, Managing Director of Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) on the subject of Energy Transition. The audience, which included distinguished members of Government, the University Board and Industry, were enthralled by the glimpse into the future of energy production and consumption provided by Mr Restucci. Muscat University will announce further lectures in the series shortly, please follow our accounts on Linkedin, Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date with all the news relating to future events at Muscat University.

Dr. Nader Mosavat, director of programmes in the Faculty of Engineering and Technology, is attending SPE/EAGE Tar Mats & Heavy Oil Workshop:

Dr. Nader Mosavat, director of programmes in the Faculty of Engineering and Technology, is attending SPE/EAGE Tar Mats & Heavy Oil Workshop: Fluid Characterisation and Development/Operational Challenges. The workshop will be held in Dubai, UAE on 29 - 31 Jan 2018 and will cover the fundamentals, practical aspects and lessons learned from heavy oil and tar mat case studies. He is a member of the conference committee as well as technical session chairperson for sessions 2 “Modeling/Reservoir Simulation” and session 3 “Reservoir Management”. He is also going to present his recent research activities on “Chemical Additives for Thermal Heavy Oil Recovery”.

MSc Management & Entrepreneurship students presenting on the future of Health Technology

The students of the Disruptive Innovation (DIN) class in the MSc Entrepreneurship Programme made a presentation on innovative wearable technology that may disrupt the existing product or service lines. The presentation was attended by the VC, faculty members and an enthusiastic group of students. The product idea that was shared in the presentation using a business canvas seems to have a huge potential in the health sector in the near future and a wide range of clients such as hospitals, parents, police, etc. in Oman and the region can be the direct beneficiaries. The students will now work on a formal project as part of the DIN module. The module has been delivered by Dr. Clive Savory of Cranfield School of Management, 21-25 January, 2018.

A group of Muscat University students, academic staff and administrators visited the Royal Opera House

A group of Muscat University students, academic staff and administrators visited the Royal Opera House of Muscat, The Sultanate of Oman. The trip was for a culture and knowledge learning experience for the students of one of the Sultanate’s most important cultural sites. The Royal Opera House Head of Education and Outreach gave a talk on the role the Opera House plays to exchange culture, creativity and art. Those attending were introduced to the events and activities hosted by the Royal Opera House and given a tour of the building emphasizing the beauty of the architecture and design which was inspired by traditional Islamic, Omani heritage. The students and staff were shown a wonderful display of historical, musical instruments and costumes. This trip was organized as part of Muscat University’s goal to build synergies with the local community and inculcate its students with an understanding of the role culture and creativity play in society”.

Muscat University hosted the SPE Distinguished Lecturer Series

Muscat University hosted the SPE Distinguished Lecturer Series in collaboration with Society of Petroleum Engineers – SPE Oman Section. Each year, SPE selects a group of professionals, nominated by their peers, to share their knowledge and expertise with SPE members through visits to local sections. Dr. Nader Mosavat, Director of Programmes in Faculty of Engineering and Technology, welcomed delegates and highlighted the importance of industrial engagement in academic institutions. As well, he discussed areas of academic contributions in SPE’s activities in Oman. The lecture entitled “Coiled Tubing Real-Time Monitoring: A New Era of Well Intervention & Workover Optimization” was presented by Pierre Ramondenc who is the Well Intervention Domain Manager for Schlumberger, with over 10 years of oilfield experience

Muscat University, Cranfield University and Aston University

By Universities UK International

Muscat University was established in 2016 with a vision to produce a pipeline of future leaders for Oman and the region, combining academic rigour with the world of work, and with a strong commitment to innovation and entrepreneurship.

The university is a corporate social responsibility initiative led by 37 leading omani individuals, families and businesses, with a clear focus on quality of provision, and with a goal to contribute to closing the gap between industry and higher education in the gulf region.

Partnering with two UK universities that are highly ranked for graduate outcomes and with strong links to industry supports this aim, and ensures that quality is embedded from the outset.

As of September 2017, Muscat University will o er nine joint programmes across three faculties:

  • Engineering and technology;
  • Business and management; and
  • Transport and logistics.

Cranfield University is partnering with Muscat University to provide six postgraduate programmes and Aston University is partnering to deliver three undergraduate programmes. Students on these joint award programmes will be considered students of both universities (Muscat and Aston, or Muscat and Cranfield), will fall under the UK and Omani quality management mechanisms, and will receive two certificates upon graduation.

One of the missions of Muscat University is to develop local capacity and, as such, programme delivery will predominantly use the ying faculty model and locally-based supervisory support in the rst instance, with the reliance on ying faculty reducing from 90% in the early years to 60% as the university develops. The three parties will work together to support faculty professional development on an ongoing basis.

At the macro-level, one of the biggest challenges in establishing the partnerships has been aligning different governance structures to allow for the delivery of the same programmer, with the same award, in two different institutions and locations. The use of high-level steering committees, which meet on a regular basis, has ensured that the three institutions’ vision remains closely aligned.

At the operational level, challenges have included initial contractual agreements including governing laws; understanding cultural norms and expectations; aligning IT systems and delivery schedules; and accommodating varying and actuating public holidays. The partners identify the use of project champions across the three universities, and a commitment to frequent and frank communication at all levels, as important factors underpinning successes to date, and as critical to future success

There has been huge interest from local and international student in Muscat University. In a recent recruitment campaign, 1,280 applications were received for three posts advertised. A high volume of student applications have been received for the September 2017 est intake, while local industry has enthusiastically welcomed the opportunity to work with internationally-recognized UK universities on their home turf. Research opportunities have surfaced both for industry projects as well as for research collaborations across the three institutions. It will be imperative to ensure that these are nurtured to address the UK impact agenda, as well as the Omani social and economic research priorities set by the government.

In a recent recruitment campaign, 1,280 applications were received for three posts advertised. A high volume of student applications were received for the September 2017 est intake, while local industry has enthusiastically welcomed the opportunity to work with internationally-recognized UK universities on their home turf.

Muscat University provides a platform for Cranfeld University and Aston University to work with Muscat’s senior management and founders to contribute to the creation of a major new university from the ground up, with a focus on implementing best practice from the outset. The country and region-wide impact of Muscat University will be revisited on a regular basis over time.